Hotel Calcutta

Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 216 x 140mm
Black and white; 224 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 9381523738 | ISBN-13: 978-93-81523-73-5

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The century-old Hotel Calcutta run by an Englishman, is under threat from land sharks who want to raze it and build a shopping mall. As the staff stare at uncertain times, a monk turns up at the hotel and prophesies that the hotel will still stand only if a wall of stories can be built. Peter Dutta—the manager—though a little unsure, is ready to give it a shot and begins looking for a storyteller. A painter, who has just stepped into the bar, volunteers to tell the first story. Next is Peter’s turn. As the storytelling fever catches on, new guests arrive every day, among them a shifty-eyed producer of porn flicks, an American woman who hears the footsteps of a dead soldier in the corridor and finally an odd pair who pretend to be war historians. It seems they have all arrived there with a purpose. Will their stories protect the hotel or will it crumble under the sledgehammers of the land sharks.


`Sheer power of storytelling'-  The Telegraph

`A persuasive artist...Hotel Calcutta invites a hungry, urgent reading' - Asian Review of Books

`A very innovative frame story'- Journal of Commonwealth Literature

`An astounding work that interrogates the myriad surfaces of reality' - Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi

Rajat Chaudhuri
Rajat Chaudhuri

RAJAT CHAUDHURI’S works include novels, story collections, edited anthologies and translations. He curated The Best Asian Speculative Fiction and co-edited the Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures (Asia-Pacific) anthology. 

Chaudhuri’s novel, The Butterfly Effect was twice listed by Book Riot (US) as a ‘Fifty must read eco-disasters in fiction’ and among ‘Ten works of environmental literature from around the world’. Acclaimed for its exploration of a ‘Ballardian near-future’, this novel is in the syllabus of one Indian and an American university. The ‘visceral urbanism’ of his book Hotel Calcutta is the subject of an essay in Routledge’s The City Speaks collection. His fiction also appeared in the internationally acclaimed climate fiction video game 'Survive the Century'. 

Chaudhuri received writing fellowships from Charles Wallace (UK), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland) and Livonics (India) and residency awards from Arts Council Korea-InKo (South Korea) and Sangam House (India). He lives and writes in Calcutta.