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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773894
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.00


Your Power. Our Rules.

Special powers are gifted, but there is a Faustian price to pay in this epic novel, packed with laughter, darkness, pain, dreams, superpowers, love and light.

What if the greatest gift you ever received came from those you trusted least? What if it stained your hands with blood, but also turned you into a hero? What if giving it up was not an option?

Amid a climate of right-wing, nationalist politics, three Indian women find themselves wielding powers that match their wildest dreams. There is one catch: they come with a Faustian price.

With unforgettable heroines and at an irresistible pace, Shakti unfolds a world of as much courage as there is darkness, and a journey across a country in the throes of transformation. A hitherto unseen country, made up of the secrets, longings, wounds and strengths of many human hearts.

‘[Chakraborti] will fascinate readers who enjoy Haruki Murakami.’ – Booklist, USA

'Chakraborti possesses the gift of good storytelling.’ - The Telegraph, India.

  • Pub date: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773894
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $36.00

About the Author

Rajorshi Chakraborti

Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist, essayist and short story writer. He was born in 1977 in Calcutta, and grew up there and in Mumbai. He has also lived and studied in Canada, England and Scotland, and now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand.

Rajorshi is the author of six novels and a collection of short fiction. 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. Mumbai Rollercoaster received an honourable mention in the Children's Writing category of the Crossword Book Awards, 2011.The Man Who Would Not See was longlisted in the fiction section of the 2019 Ockham Awards.

Shakti, Rajorshi's latest novel, a feminist superhero epic, is due out in February 2020.

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Praise for Shakti

“[SHAKTI] takes the reader through the lanes of Calcutta, keeping one hooked the entire time. It deals with three very strong female characters . . . who come from very different backgrounds and the thrilling way their paths cross . . . . A gripping tale, it becomes even more relevant in the current socio-political scenario of the country.”

The Telegraph, Calcutta

“Rajorshi Chakraborti’s latest novel Shakti has the strength of characters and an irresistible pace to its advantage. His unforgettable heroines unfold a tale of courage fighting the darkness that they are doomed to, and a journey across a country in the throes of profound transformation.”

Financial Express, India

“Trying to summarise the plot is a bit like trying to summarise the Mahabharata itself ... A wild, exhilarating ride of a book.”

North and South

“This is a novel that is woven together by countless layers of plot, character and metaphysical mystery. The setting is modern India and the story follows three female heroes who appear to have been given an amazing gift [...] The stories of the three women meld into a kaleidoscope of relentless action and ... interaction, speeding up through the rest of the novel.”

Latitude Magazine

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