[Soasiastudents] Amitav Ghosh on Tuesday
snodgras at u.washington.edu
Mon May 16 13:07:29 PDT 2005
Here is a late addition for the South Asia calendar this week:
Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Elliott Bay Books
WeÕre delighted to welcome back internationally-renowned novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh. His new
novel, The Hungry Tide (Houghton Mifflin), already much-praised in his homeland of India, occasions this
visit, along with the long-awaited reissue of his first two novels, The Circle of Reason and The Shadow
Lines (both Mariner).
"One doesnÕt so much read GhoshÕs masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if
treacherous Sundarban archipelago, Ôthe ragged fringe of [IndiaÕs] sari,Õ where it is set. The authorÕs
nuanced descriptions of the moods and microenvironments of the islands serve as a lush backdrop for an
intricate narrative that moves fluidly between past and present . . . Ghosh . . . is uninterested in setting up
simple good/evil binaries and instead weds the issues of love, language and land to the unfolding
relationships among Piyali, Fokir, and Kanai. The philosophical and moral implications of their actions
remain simmering just below the surface. The climactic ending, in which a cyclone threatens the
inhabitants of the Sundarbans underscore [protagonist] NirmalÕs observation that Ônothing escapes the
maw of the tides.Õ" - Publishers Weekly.
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