Picture of author.

Amitav Ghosh

Author of Sea of Poppies

39+ Works 13,908 Members 431 Reviews 47 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Calcutta, and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford, and Egypt and taught at various Indian and American universities. Author of a travel book and three acclaimed novels. Ghosh has also written for GRANTA, THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK show more TIMES, and THE OBSERVER. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. (Publisher Provided) Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta, India on July 11, 1956. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria. His first book, The Circle of Reason, won France's Prix Médicis. He has won several other awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar for The Shadow Lines, the Arthur C. Clarke award for The Calcutta Chromosome, and the Crossword Book Prize for The Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies. His other works include In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Glass Palace, and River of Smoke. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest honors, by the President of India. He made the New Zealand Best Seller List in 2015 with his title Flood of Fire. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Amitav Ghosh

Sea of Poppies (2008) 3,124 copies, 150 reviews
The Glass Palace (2000) 2,735 copies, 65 reviews
The Hungry Tide (2004) 1,833 copies, 58 reviews
River of Smoke (2011) 1,044 copies, 54 reviews
The Calcutta Chromosome (1995) 928 copies, 21 reviews
In an Antique Land (1992) 898 copies, 14 reviews
The Shadow Lines (1988) 845 copies, 15 reviews
Flood of Fire (2015) 604 copies, 18 reviews
The Circle of Reason (1986) 367 copies, 6 reviews
Gun Island (2019) 332 copies, 9 reviews
Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma (1996) 98 copies, 2 reviews

Associated Works

The Climate Book: The Facts and the Solutions (2022) — Contributor — 228 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 25: The Murderee (1988) — Contributor — 162 copies, 1 review
Granta 34: Death of a Harvard Man (1990) — Contributor — 160 copies, 1 review
Granta 26: Travel (1989) — Contributor — 154 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Contributor — 135 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001) — Contributor — 134 copies
Granta 20: In Trouble Again (1986) — Contributor — 131 copies, 1 review
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contributor — 126 copies, 1 review
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
Penguin Green Ideas Collection (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Contributor — 10 copies

Tagged

19th century (87) 21st century (57) anthology (66) Asia (123) Bengal (47) Booker Prize Shortlist (44) Burma (214) Calcutta (45) China (171) climate change (77) colonialism (115) contemporary fiction (49) ebook (79) Egypt (101) essays (127) fiction (1,398) Granta (127) historical (98) historical fiction (471) history (171) India (986) Indian (138) Indian fiction (51) Indian literature (203) Kindle (65) literary fiction (55) literature (136) non-fiction (164) novel (246) opium (94) Opium Wars (140) read (112) Roman (48) science fiction (71) short stories (51) signed (46) Sundarbans (53) to-read (904) travel (166) unread (86)

Common Knowledge

Members

Discussions

River of Smoke Group Read (June 15th) in 75 Books Challenge for 2012 (July 2012)
Sea of Poppies Group Read: Week Two in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (January 2012)
Sea of Poppies Group Read: Week One in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (January 2012)

Reviews

Readable and interesting history of the British opium drug cartel. Ghosh does a great job at tracing the echoes that still sound today.
 
Flagged
wellred2 | Jun 17, 2024 |
Eeek, this wound up a lot bleaker than I expected. Lots of cannon fire and troop movements as the opium war erupts. How the free trade rhetoric is just a cover for cut-throat greed... Ghosh shows how personal this gets. Tracing the roots of our present global crisis.... well, back to 1841, anyway!
 
Flagged
kukulaj | 17 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Test review note
 
Flagged
senner007 | 8 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
Pardon the following pun but, this book was great right up until the last chapter when the author became deranged. Seriously, read the whole book and ignore his bizarre fantasy about how our salvation is going to come from the Pope--of all people.
 
Flagged
IriDas | 8 other reviews | Jun 12, 2024 |

Lists

Awards

You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Statistics

Works
39
Also by
13
Members
13,908
Popularity
#1,658
Rating
3.8
Reviews
431
ISBNs
444
Languages
22
Favorited
47

Charts & Graphs