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

FLOOD OF FIRE by Amitav Ghosh
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"At times slow-moving and repetitive, this novel still provides a satisfying sense of closure to the political and personal issues Ghosh opened up more than a thousand pages earlier."
Ghosh completes his epic Ibis trilogy with a book focusing on the First Opium War of 1839 to '41 and culminating in battles between the British navy and Chinese ports. Read full book review >
RIVER OF SMOKE by Amitav Ghosh
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"Ghosh triumphs both through the clarity of his style and the sweep of his vision, and he leaves the reader eager for volume three."
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
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 >
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
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
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 >
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
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 >