Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien

Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien

Sampurna Chattarji

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Boldly playful, ingenious, associative and mercurial, Sampurna Chattarji's new poems careen through varied terrain, geographic and linguistic, in a dizzy journey of defamiliarization, as the alien protagonist, Space Gulliver, extends and challenges habitual ideas of what constitutes the mundane. In the process, she proceeds to recover for herself the sense of 'first-time-ness', the art of being 'vulnerable to every body that rests against mine, vulnerable to the word "eagle", the idea of the scar that the knife has left around the heart'. She also recovers the art of living on the edge - 'a good place to sit when you wish/ to regard the world you had insanely loved/ and now feel only a puzzled affection for'. Here is a book that blends intellectual enquiry, a taste for whimsy and a love of language into challenging and audacious poetry. - Arundhathi Subramaniam


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Sampurna Chattarji:
Sampurna Chattarji's sixteen books include a short-story collection about Bombay/Mumbai, Dirty Love; a translation of Joy Goswami's Selected Poems; and seven poetry titles, the most recent being Elsewhere Where Else / Lle Arall Ble Arall, co-authored with Eurig Salisbury; and Over and Under Ground in Mumbai & Paris, written in collaboration with Karthika Nair. She is currently Poetry Editor of The Indian Quarterly.

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