About the Book

River of Smoke

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. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. Meanwhile, the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries horticulturists determined to track down the priceless botanical treasures of China. All will converge in Canton’s Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave, a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. A spectacular adventure, but also a bold indictment of global avarice, RIVER OF SMOKE is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance.

River of Smoke
by Amitav Ghosh

  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374174237
  • ISBN-13: 9780374174231