We, the Heartbroken

Gargi Bhattacharyya


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Hajar Press
30 March 2023
ISBN: 9781914221163
118 pages

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Reflective essays on revolutionary brokenheartedness.

We, the Heartbroken reckons with loss and grief’s fullness and its surprising abilities to make us alive to one another … entranced by one another again. We are called upon to do this work, to allow for heartbreak to engender capaciousness and collectivity.’
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‘Heartbreak pushes us down a crossroads where we get stuck in a contradiction: one where what we need does not align with what we want … Gargi somehow achieves a balance within this contradiction … until the hesitation of accepting heartbreak becomes a trusty companion to move forward with.’
National Survivor User Network blog

What do we do when the world breaks our hearts? Racial capitalism in the age of pandemic continues to crush ever more lives and spirits. Yet, we are told repeatedly to master, to overcome, to be resilient. Beneath this fragile pretence of coping, many of us have grown used to living with profound and fathomless sorrow.

In graceful prose, Gargi Bhattacharyya navigates collective grief and how it mingles with personal tragedy. Alongside love and joy, perhaps grief is what makes us human―and while its pain scrapes our wounds, its presence can help us renounce that which exists and build anew. 

Heartbreak is the class consciousness of our times. So, it is up to us, the heartbroken, to learn again to heal—and remake the world.