Lessons in Love and Other Crimes

Lessons in Love and Other Crimes

by Elizabeth Chakrabarty PhD


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An innovative hybrid of auto-fiction, crime fiction and critical race memoir, this multi-layered yet compulsively readable novel is inspired by the author´s real and extended experience of serious racial harassment, as well as exploring her search for justice and for love

Tesya has reasons to feel hopeful after leaving her last job, where she was subjected to a series of anonymous hate crimes. Now she is back home in London to start a new lecturing position, and has begun an exciting, if tumultuous, love affair with the enigmatic Holly. But this idyllic new start quickly sours. Tesya finds herself victimized again at work by an unknown assailant, who subjects her to an insidious, sustained race hate crime. As her paranoia mounts, Tesya finds herself yearning for the most elemental of desires: love, acceptance, and sanctuary. Her assailant, meanwhile, is recording his manifesto and plotting his next steps. Inspired by the author’s personal experiences of hate crime and bookended with essays which contextualize the story within a lifetime of microaggressions, Lessons in Love and Other Crimes is a heartbreaking, hopeful, and compulsively readable novel about the most quotidian of crimes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911648222
Publisher: The Indigo Press
Publication date: 09/01/2021
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Chakrabarty is an interdisciplinary artist who uses creative and critical writing, besides performance, to explore themes of race, gender, and sexuality. Her story "Eurovision" was short-listed for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize and published in Dividing Lines (Dahlia Publishing, 2017). She is a contributor to a new anthology edited by Kirsty Gunn, Imagined Spaces. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Autobiography of Love and Racism
Digression: How to Write About the Trauma of Racism
1 · Love in the Dark
2 · First Impressions
3 · Time’s Wingèd Chariot
4 · Coffee and Other Drinks
5 · Shadows
6 · Blemishes
7 · What is Crime?
8 · Equivocation
9 · Synchronicity and Naming
10 · What is Love?
11 · Presence
12 · Futility and Guilt
13 · The Death Drive
14 · Coincidence and Coexistence
15 · Valentine’s Day
16 · Familiarity and Fear
17 · Another Lesson, and Another Ending
Epilogue: The Killing of a Once Sacred Institution

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