The Man Who Would Not See

Raj Chatraborti
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The Man Who Would Not See

Rajorshi Chakraborti has mined his own life to write a gripping novel about the disjunction of the immigrant experience.

Born in Calcutta, half-brothers Ashim and Abhay are separated as children. When they are reunited in Wellington 30 years later, Abhay is forced to question his memories of the past.

Kerry Sunderland joins Chakraborti on stage to explore how relationships can become distorted by guilt and remorse, and how we choose what we are willing to see.

Rajorshi Chakraborti was born in 1977 in Calcutta, and grew up there and in Mumbai. He lived and studied in Canada, England and Scotland. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked as a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, where he had earlier completed his doctoral studies in African and Indian Literature.

His book Or the Day Seizes You was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2006, one of the best-known prizes for English-language writing in India, and has appeared in a Spanish translation entitled La Vida Que Nos Lleva. Mumbai Rollercoaster received an honourable mention in the Children’s Writing category of the Crossword Book Awards, 2011.

His short story ‘Knock, Knock’ won second prize in the 2011 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award. Rajorshi belongs to the Write Where You Are (WWYA) Trust in Wellington, which aims to increase the accessibility of creative writing among groups that face barriers to participation in the arts, and he is currently part of a team offering classes at the men’s and women’s prisons in the region.

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