Author: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh recently gave a public reading and lecture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Here are a few of my portraits:

“Ghosh is the author of The Circle of Reason (his 1986 debut novel), The Shadow Lines (1988), The Calcutta Chromosome (1995), The Glass Palace (2000), The Hungry Tide (2004), and Sea of Poppies (2008), the first volume of The Ibis trilogy, set in the 1830s, just before the Opium War, which encapsulates the colonial history of the East. Ghosh’s latest work of fiction is River of Smoke (2011), the second volume of The Ibis trilogy.
The Circle of Reason won the Prix Médicis étranger, one of France’s top literary awards.[5] The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award & the Ananda Puraskar.[6][7] The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997.[8] Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.[9] It was the co-winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2009, as well as co-winner of the 2010 Dan David Prize.[10] River of Smoke was shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize 2011.
Ghosh famously withdrew his novel The Glass Palace from consideration for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, where it had been awarded the Best Novel in Eurasian section, citing his objections to the term “Commonwealth” and the unfairness of the English-language requirement specified in the rules.[11] Subsequently, he landed in controversy over his acceptance of the Israeli literary award, the $1 million dollar Dan David Prize.[12]
Ghosh’s most notable non-fiction writings are In an Antique Land (1992), Dancing in Cambodia and At Large in Burma (1998), Countdown (1999), and The Imam and the Indian (2002, a large collection of essays on different themes such as fundamentalism, history of the novel, Egyptian culture, and literature).”