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Rijula Das's debut novel A Death in Shonagachhi was published in July 2021 by Picador India and will be out as Small Deaths in USA & World in June 2022 with Amazon Crossing.

Russian rights have been bought by Ripol; and French rights have been bought by Éditions du Seuil, for publication in 2023.

A Death in Shonagachhi received the Tata Lit Live First Book Award 2021, and was longlisted for the JCB prize 2021. 

Adaptation rights have been optioned by Drishyam Films, and a limited series is currently in development. 

Rijula is a recipient of 2019 Michael King Writer's Centre Residency in Auckland and the 2016 Dastaan Award for her short story Notes From A Passing. Her short story, The Grave of The Heart Eater, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019. 


Her English translation of Nabarun Bhattacharya's short fiction has appeared in Nabarun Bhattacharya: Aesthetics and Politics In A World after Ethics, Bloomsbury, 2020.

Her translation of Bhattacharya's novel Kangal Malshat is forthcoming from Seagull Books in fall of 2022.

Rijula received her PhD in Creative Writing/prose-fiction in 2017 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she taught writing for two years. Her critical research focuses on the connections between public space and sexual violence. A Death in Shonagachhi was born of this research.

Her short fiction and translations have appeared in Newsroom, New Zealand and The Hindu. She lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand.