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’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.