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Noted writer Amitav Ghosh honoured with Jnanpith Award 2018

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian-American author best known for his work in English fiction. His most recent book, The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction, was released in 2016.

Dec 16, 2018 09:54 IST
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Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh was on December 14, 2018 honoured with 54th Jnanpith Award, a literary award given to an author for "outstanding contribution towards literature".

The decision was taken during a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray.

As per Bharatiya Jnanpith, "Amitav Ghosh is a path- breaking novelist. In his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways..."

Ghosh is known for a series of novels such as Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis Trilogy -- Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire that chronicle the trade between India and China run by the then East India Company.

About Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian-American author best known for his work in English fiction.

He was educated at the all-boys The Doon School where he edited The Doon School Weekly. His contemporaries at Doon included author Vikram Seth and Ram Guha.

He received degrees from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and Delhi School of Economics.

He then won the Inlaks Foundation scholarship to complete a D. Phil. in social anthropology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, under the supervision of Peter Lienhardt.

In 1986, he wrote his debut novel titled The Circle of Reason.

His other famous works in fiction are The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, among others.

His notable non-fiction writings are In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma, Countdown, and The Imam and the Indian.

His book The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medicis etranger, one of France's top literary awards.

The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar.

Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

His most recent book, The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction, was released in 2016.

The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2007.

About Jnanpith Award

• Established in 1961, the Jnanpith Award is the highest literary award of India.

• The award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in any of the 22 Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.

• It is presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust to an author for their "outstanding contribution towards literature". It is not conferred posthumously.

• Prior to 1982, the award was only conferred for a single work by a writer, however, after 1982 the award recognised writers’ lifetime contribution to Indian literature.

• The first recipient of the award was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup, who received it in 1965 for his collection of poems, Odakkuzhal.

• Bengali writer, Ashapoorna Devi was the first woman novelist to win the award in 1976 for her 1965 novel Pratham Pratisruti.

• The 2017 Jnanpith award was awarded to Krishna Sobti, renowned Hindi litterateur.

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