Description : This work, in its second edition, continues to be an anthology of critical essays, and deals with fictional as well as non-fictional works of Amitav Ghosh. Though different from each other, some of the essays take up common themes for discussion and offer new insights into Ghosh's works.
Description : Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.
Description : The Imam and the Indian is an extensive compilation of Amitav Ghosh s non-fiction writings. Sporadically published between his novels, in magazines, journals, academic books and periodicals, these essays and articles trace the evolution of the ideas that shape his fiction. He explores the connections between past and present, events and memories, people, cultures and countries that have a shared history. Ghosh combines his historical and anthropological bent of mind with his skills of a novelist, to present a collection like no other.
Description : This Book Examines Ghosh`S Fiction Through Separate Critical Essays By Reputed Scholars In Six Countries. These Thoughtful, Incisive And Highly Readable Essays Are Grounded In The Interests That Infuse Ghosh`S Fiction: History, Science, Discovery, Travel, Nationalism, Subalternity, Agency. It Is Invaluable For Those Interested In Ghosh`S Work, Prtoviding Ideas And Starting Points For Scholars And Students.
Description : The Present Venture Is A Commentary On The Books Of Amitav Ghosh. It Is Written With A Purpose To Explain The Ideas That Move These Books. Ghosh, Like Other Great Writers, Writes Out Of Conviction. Each Of His Books Is Driven By His Commitment To Certain Opinions. For Example, The Spirit Of The Glass Palace Is Anti-Colonial. The Shadow Lines Is Against Artificial International Borders. The Calcutta Chromosome Is Written With A Purpose To Undo The Western Sense Of Superiority And Its Monopoly Over Scientific Research. An Effort Has Been Made To Reach Out To The Substance Of The Books By Amitav Ghosh. Written In A Remarkably Lucid And Flowing Prose, The Book May Be Useful To Those Who Are Interested In Analyzing The Works Of Amitav Ghosh From Different Perspectives.
Description : A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011 The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries Frederick "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China that are hidden in plain sight: its plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto itself where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries converge, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance. Critics praised Sea of Poppies for its vibrant storytelling, antic humor, and rich narrative scope; now Amitav Ghosh continues the epic that has charmed and compelled readers all over the globe.
Description : At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its purpose, to fight China's vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a freespirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, the exotic backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive—a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.
Description : Indian Writing in English has proliferated over the last few decades and has made a huge impact on English readers. Not only do the works of Indian authors writing in English find a place on the best-seller list, they are also receiving critical acclaim across the world. Starting from Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojni Naidu, R.K. Narayan, Raja Rao, Mulk Raj Anand, to V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth and Amitav Ghosh, we have an array of writers adorning the literary horizon. All these writers have considerable following in the English speaking countries, and Amitav Ghosh certainly occupies an important place among them and is much acclaimed for his literary style and content. One of the most prolific postcolonial writers writing today, Amitav Ghosh has received many awards: The Circle of Reason, winning the Prix Medici Etranger (one of France’s top literary award), The Shadow Lines, winning the Sahitya Akademi Award, and The Calcutta Chromosome, bagging the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997. His latest novel, Sea of Poppies too has been highly appreciated. This book, which is an anthology of critical essays, deals with fictional as well as non-fictional works of Amitav Ghosh. It focuses on Ghosh’s idea and theory of the novel, postcolonial rationality in The Circle of Reason, nationalism in the context of Partition in The Shadow Lines, and East-West encounter in The Calcutta Chromosome. Besides, it also discusses power structure operating within the narrative of The Glass Palace, and the question of space, identity and cultural difference in The Hungry Tide. Though different from each other, some of the essays take up common themes for discussion and offer new insights into Ghosh’s works. The essays are thoughtful, incisive and refreshing. This book is meant for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of English literature. Besides, all those readers who wish to delve deeper into the works of Amitav Ghosh will find reading the text extremely informative, stimulating and useful.
Description : Amitav Ghosh: Critical Perspectives Presents A Wide Range Of Incisive Scholarly Criticism On The Eminent Indian Writer'S Work To Date. With An Introduction That Places Amitav Ghosh In The Context Of His Historical/Cultural/ Social/Political Times, This Anthology Brings Together Both Established And New Critics In Their Perceptive Grasp Of Ghosh'S Extraordinary Oeuvre Of Fiction, Staring From The Circle Of Reason(1986) Through The Shadow Lines(1988), In An Antique Land(1992)And The Calcutta Chromosome(1996) To The Fairly Recent The Glass Palace(2000), Ghosh'S Best-Known And Most Influential Piece Of Political Writing. A Greater Emphasis Is Placed On The Shadow Lines And In An Antique Land, Which Have Received The Widest Critical Attention And Are, As Yet, The Ghosh Text Most Taught In University Courses Across The World. An Innovative 'Pedagogy' Section In This Collection Also Explores These Texts From Both Teachers' And Students' Perspectives, As They Play Out In Classrooms At Locations As Far Apart As Delhi And The American Mid-West. An Interview With Amitav Ghosh Animates This Anthology With An Authorial Intervention That - Perhaps Unwittingly - Both Validates And Questions The Praxis Of Literary Critism Today In Its Peculiarly Postmodern Predicament.
Description : Contemporary Indian Writers in English (CIWE) is a series that presents critical commentaries on some of the best-known names in the genre. With the high visibilty of Indian writing in English in academic, critical, pedagogic and reader circles, there is a perceivable demand for lucid yet rigorous introduction of several of its authors and genres. The CIWE texts cater to a wide audience - from the student seeking information and critical material on particular works to the general, informed reader who might want to know a little more about an author she has just finished reading. Cast in a user-friendly format, and written with a high degree of critical and theoretical rigour, the texts in the series will provide astute, accessible, informed entry-points into a wide range of works and writers. CIWE, we hope, will further strengthen the interest in and readership of one of the most significant components of world literatures in English. Amitav Ghosh, a novelist with an extraordinary sense of history and place, is indisputably one of the most important novelists and essayists of our times. In this volume, John Hawley provides a lucid, friendly and thoriough introduction to the fiction and essays of Ghosh.