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Dasgupta, Rana

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1971-    ) UK-born author now resident in India whose first book, Tokyo Cancelled (coll of linked stories 2005), presents a series of Club Story tales told by thirteen passengers stranded overnight in an airport because snow has forced the cancellation of their flight to Tokyo. The tales themselves – as befit narratives told by displaced citizens of the contemporary world – are exceedingly various, running from mundane fiction to fairy tale to fantasy and sf. The ultimate effect is of a portrayal of a world too complex for any single narrative to encompass, but witnessable, in the end, through interlacings of Story [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In Solo (2009), on the other hand, the twentieth century is seen as storyable through the verifiable and fantasticated memories of a centenarian in twenty-first-century Bulgaria, and the Near Future is seen as an inevitable distillation and exfoliation of all this broth of memory: for in the years to come, everything (every story conceivable, as it were, in Tokyo Cancelled) will literally be the case. [JC]

Rana Dasgupta

born Canterbury, Kent: 5 November 1971


  • Tokyo Cancelled (London: Fourth Estate, 2005) [coll of linked stories: hb/uncredited]
  • Solo (London: Fourth Estate, 2009) [hb/]


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