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Amitav Ghosh

Biography

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. Today, he is one of the best-known Indians writing in English -- his books include THE CIRCLE OF REASON, THE SHADOW LINES, IN AN ANTIQUE LAND, DANCING IN CAMBODIA, and THE CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME. THE CIRCLE OF REASON won the Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards; The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's most prestigious literary prize. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker.

In 1999, Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College in the City University of New York, teaching writing classes and courses on film and literature. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Amitav Ghosh

Books by Amitav Ghosh

by Amitav Ghosh - Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History

It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong. The Hind docks in Hong Kong just as war breaks out and opium "pours into the market like monsoon flood." From Bombay to Calcutta, from naval engagements to the decks of a hospital ship, among embezzlement, profiteering and espionage, Amitav Ghosh charts a breathless course through the culminating moment of the British opium trade and vexed colonial history.

by Amitav Ghosh

In Amitav Ghosh's SEA OF POPPIES, the Ibis began its treacherous journey across the Indian Ocean, bound for the cane fields of Mauritius with a cargo of indentured servants. Now, in RIVER OF SMOKE, the former slave ship flounders in the Bay of Bengal, caught in the midst of a deadly cyclone.