Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is a renowned Indian author known for his works in English literature. His notable works include 'The Shadow Lines', 'The Glass Palace', and the Ibis Trilogy. He has received several awards for his contributions to literature, including the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honor.


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  1. 1. The Shadow Lines

    "The Shadow Lines" is a novel that explores themes of memory, family, and national identity through the eyes of a young boy and his experiences growing up in Calcutta, India. The narrative is framed by two major historical events: the 1964 Dhaka Riots and the 1942 World War II. The protagonist's relationships with his family and his personal experiences are juxtaposed with these events, highlighting the complexities of identity, memory, and the lasting impacts of historical events on individual lives. The novel also delves into the arbitrary nature of national borders and the shadow lines they draw between people and their histories.

    The 2689th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Sea of Poppies

    "Sea of Poppies" is a historical novel set in the 1830s, just before the Opium Wars. It traces the intertwined lives of a diverse group of characters, from a raja turned convict, a widowed poppy grower, a French orphan, to a mulatto American freedman, all of whom are brought together on the Ibis, a former slave ship now used for transporting opium. The story explores the social and economic impact of the opium trade, colonialism, and the caste system, while also delving into the personal histories, relationships, and struggles of the characters.

    The 7921st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Glass Palace

    "The Glass Palace" is a sweeping historical epic that spans over a century, tracing the tumultuous events of the British invasion of Burma and its aftermath. The story follows the life of Rajkumar, an Indian orphan, who rises from the depths of poverty to become a wealthy businessman. His journey is intricately linked with the fates of those around him, including Dolly, a maid in the royal palace, and a host of other characters whose lives intersect across the landscapes of Burma, India, and Malaya. The novel explores themes of love, loyalty, and the impacts of colonialism, while providing a deep insight into the historical and political complexities of the Southeast Asian region.

    The 10064th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Calcutta Chromosome

    "The Calcutta Chromosome" by Amitav Ghosh is a captivating science fiction novel that intertwines the stories of Antar, a computer programmer in New York, and Murugan, a former employee of the British Indian Medical Service in Calcutta. As Antar delves into the mysterious disappearance of Murugan, he becomes immersed in a complex web of history, science, and conspiracy. The book explores themes of time travel, medical research, and the pursuit of knowledge, taking readers on a thrilling journey through the streets of Calcutta and the depths of the human mind.

    The 10548th Greatest Book of All Time