The launch of Rupture by Sampurna Chattarji – 6th September 2009

Ha rperCollins Publishers India and Siyahi



by Sampurna Chattarji

on Sunday, 6 September 2009 at 6.30 p.m.

at Albert’s 1589

Albert Hall Museum,

JLN Marg, Jaipur – 302001

The author will be in conversation with

Neeta Gupta, Publisher-Editor, Yatra Books.

This will be followed by an interactive session

with the audience.

Chattarji probes the actions and psyche of a cast of introspective misfits across social strata and, at her best, throws a searing light upon the inner feelings triggered by the pressures of the outside world. Tehelka


What would you do if the world were about to end?

She is running on dream walkways into the day that will dawn bright, like any other, hanging by a thread on a piece of news, a pendulum swinging from now to then, before to after, panic to peace to panic, capital to city, city to suburb, remembering to forgetting?

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.

Sampurna Chattarji is the author of several books for young people, including The Greatest Stories Ever ToldMulla Nasruddin and Three Brothers and the Flower of Gold. Her translation of Sukumar Ray’s poetry and prose, Abol Tabol: The Nonsense World of Sukumar Ray, was reissued in 2008 as a Puffin Classic under the title Wordygurdyboom! Her poetry collection, Sight May Strike You Blind, was published by the Sahitya Akademi in 2007 and reprinted in 2008. Her second novel, The Land of the Well, is forthcoming from HarperCollins India.