Rupture by Sampurna Chattarji

Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India

In the course of twenty-four hours, nine characters across five cities are faced with a pressing need to examine their past. As each of them confronts the realities within, the world itself explodes into chaos, the disintegration of civic order mirroring the breakdown of individual sanities. A powerful first novel from a critically acclaimed poet, translator and fiction-writer, Rupture is a book in which every word, every emotion resonates with a heightened sense of intensity. Sampurna Chattarji brings to her writing a poetry and potency that is rare and the sheer pace of the narrative pulls the reader in with its urgency.


“Pick up a debut novel from the Indian fiction section of your local bookstore, and chances are you’ll find a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale told in plain, simple English. It’s a relief, then, to find that Sampurna Chattarji’s Rupture is anything but that. This novel is intricately layered, not confining itself to a specific character, background or mode. The language, too, is coiled and charged—as befits, one supposes, a poet writing in prose” – Tehelka

Rupture is a dark tale … compelling and hard to put down” – Deccan Herald


The author: Sampurna Chattarji