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Amitav Ghosh

Biography

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. Ghosh studied at the Universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of his eight novels, THE CIRCLE OF REASON, in 1986. He divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis Trilogy, SEA OF POPPIES, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Ghosh was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. For more information, visit www.amitavghosh.com.

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.