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Amitav Ghosh

India (b.1956)

Amitav Ghosh is one of the most widely known Indians writing in English today.

Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He studied at St. Stephen's College, Delhi; St. Edmund Hall, Oxford; and the Faculty of Arts, University of Alexandria. He worked for the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi and he earned his doctorate in Oxford before he wrote his first novel.

"The Circle of Reason" won the Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards, and "The Shadow Lines" won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's most prestigious literary prize.

"The Calcutta Chromosome" won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997 and "The Glass Palace" won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-Book Awards in 2001.

Ghosh was the winner of the 1999 Pushcart Prize, a leading literary award, for an essay that was published in the Kenyon Review.

In 1999, Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College in the City University of New York as Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature.

He lives with his wife, Deborah Baker (who is a senior editor at Little Brown and Co.), and their children, in Brooklyn, USA.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
Ibis Trilogy
   1. Sea of Poppies (2008)
   2. River of Smoke (2011)
   3. Flood of Fire (2015)
   The Circle of Reason (1986)
   The Shadow Lines (1988)
   The Calcutta Chromosome (1996)
   The Glass Palace (2000)
   The Hungry Tide (2004)
   Gun Island (2019)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Jungle-Nama (2021)
   The Living Mountain (2022)
Amitav Ghosh recommends
The Displacements (2022)
Bruce Holsinger
"Bruce Holsinger has written a novel that succeeds in confronting the shocking realities of these times without being either apocalyptic or pessimistic. The Displacements is an urgent, powerful, unputdownable novel, filled with characters that are so vividly drawn that it is impossible not to care about them. A remarkable achievement."
Mother Ocean Father Nation (2022)
Nishant Batsha
"A moving saga about the experience of Indian migrants in the South Pacific."
A Burning (2020)
Megha Majumdar
"Megha Majumdar's soon-to-be published A Burning is the best debut novel I have come across in a long time. Somehow Majumdar succeeds in capturing the boundless energy and starry-eyed hopefulness of the country's youth. A Burning signals the arrival of a new voice of immense talent and promise."

More recommendations 

1997 Arthur C. Clarke Award : The Calcutta Chromosome

Award nominations
2008 Booker Prize (shortlist) : Sea of Poppies

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