Books by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He studied at The Doon School; St. Stephens College; Delhi University; Oxford University; and the Faculty of Arts, University of Alexandria. His first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi. He earn


RIVER OF SMOKE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

Ghosh sets the second volume of his Ibis trilogy in 1838, appropriately enough, because at heart he's a 19th-century novelist with a sweeping vision of character and culture. Read full book review >
SEA OF POPPIES by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2008

"Planned as the first of a trilogy, this astonishing, mesmerizing launch will be hard to top."
A historical novel crammed almost to the bursting point with incidents and characters, but Ghosh (The Hungry Tide, 2005, etc.) deftly keeps everything under control. Read full book review >
INCENDIARY CIRCUMSTANCES by Amitav Ghosh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Thoughtful, sometimes mournful essays on the state of the world, with little good news in sight."
Travels in antique—and heavily armed—lands, many of them on a collision course with the American Empire. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY TIDE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"A bit bumpy; still, overall, Ghosh's fifth is one of his most interesting."
Outsiders are drawn into the exotic vortex of a remote Pacific archipelago. Read full book review >
THE GLASS PALACE by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2001

Solid, old-fashioned historical fiction that careens through the century, embracing a cast of characters whose lives unfold so gracefully that before you know it you've also witnessed the tragic tale of modern Burma, a country destroyed by colonialism and its aftermath. Read full book review >
THE CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME by Amitav Ghosh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Densely intricate, logorrheic spoof of commercial suspense fiction from a skilled writer who should know better. (First printing of 40,000)"
 New Yorker journalist and novelist Ghosh (The Shadow Lines, 1989, etc.) returns, this time with a confusing blur of science fiction, satire, epistemology, and ethnic alienation. Read full book review >
IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Amitav Ghosh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 1993

"Moving in its humanity, revealing in its analyses: an exceptionally satisfying work."
 An engrossing chronicle of historical detection smoothly integrated into a subtly shaped picture of village life in modern Egypt; by an Indian novelist (The Circle of Reason, 1986) of great sensitivity and power. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW LINES by Amitav Ghosh
Released: March 19, 1989

A multilayered family portrait set in Calcutta, London, and Dhaka. Read full book review >