The Butterfly Effect

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216 x 140mm
Black and white; 380 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 93-86906-52-6 | ISBN-13: 978-93-86906-52-6


A self-obsessed Calcutta detective who goes by his last name `Kar’, an enigmatic internet cafe hostess in Seoul, and a hotshot geneticist labouring away on a topsecret corporate project. These are just a few pieces in the puzzle that need to be put together to explain a world sucked into the whirlpool of the `butterfly effect’.

In the decaying capital city of a near-future Darkland, which covers large swathes of Asia, Captain Old – an off-duty policeman – receives news that might help to unravel the roots of a scourge that has ravaged the continent. As stories coalesce into stories – welding past, present and future together – will a macabre death in a small English town or the disappearance of Indian tourists in Korea, help to blow away the dusts of time?

From utopian communities of Asia to the prison camps of Pyongyang and from the gene labs of Europe to the violent streets of Darkland – riven by civil war, infested by genetically engineered fighters – this time-travelling novel crosses continents, weaving mystery, adventure and romance, gradually fixing its gaze on the sway of the unpredictable over our lives.


`Propels the accumulated anxieties of a city into a shape-shifting future vortex' - Anjana Basu, Outlook magazine

`Projects the tropes of a new politics of imagination ... a new eco-sophy is created' - Krishnan Unni. P, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi

`Indian novel's story parallels the deadly coronavirus outbreak'- Times of India 

`Compelling'- UNI

Rajat Chaudhuri
Rajat Chaudhuri

Rajat Chaudhuri has published six books in two languages including fiction and translation. He selected and edited The Best Asian Speculative Fiction (2018) collection of stories and is an editor of a forthcoming Asia-Pacific solar-punk anthology to be co-published by RIHN, Japan and World Weaver Press, US. Chaudhuri’s climate change novel, The Butterfly Effect (2018) is listed as one of `Fifty Must-Read Eco-disasters in Fiction’ by Book Riot (US) and has been widely mentioned in national media for its parallels with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Rajat has won a number of writing fellowships and international residency awards including British Council administered Charles Wallace Fellowship (UK), Hawthornden Fellowship (Scotland, UK), Ministry of Culture, Korea (ARKO)-INKO residency award (South Korea), Villa Sarkia residency award (Finland, invited 2020) and Sangam House (India) residency. 

He has done book readings, offered workshops, presented  keynotes, panel talks, presentations and other speaking assignments about climate change, better futures, storytelling, climate change fiction (cli-fi), environmental science fiction, pandemics health and environment among other issues in a variety of venues including Museum of Science Fiction, Washington D.C., US, George Washington University, US, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, National Library of India, Osmania University, Dongguk University, Seoul, Chichester University, UK and several other places. He has published book reviews, essays, articles for The Telegraph, New Indian Express, Outlook, American Book Review, Asian Review of Books, The Statesman, Anandabazar Patrika (Bengali) and elsewhere. 

As an environment activist Chaudhuri has contributed to the UNDP Human Development Report besides writing monographs and articles and he has been a climate advocate at the United Nations, New York. He recently finished translating an anthology of Bengali poetry and is currently putting finishing touches to a slipstream novel on madness.