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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable authored by Amitav Ghosh

The book addresses the challenges of representing the complexity of climate change in literature and the responsibility of writers to document the extreme reality humans are now facing.

Jul 20, 2016 11:26 IST
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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable: Amitav Ghosh

The Book titled The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable authored by Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh was released on 12 July 2016.

The book addresses the challenges of representing the complexity of climate change in literature and the responsibility of writers to document the extreme reality humans are now facing. He examines the inability at the level of literature, history and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.

Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counterintuitive elements.

Ghosh ends the book by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. The book serves as a great writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

About Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning novelist and essayist whose books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and the Ibis Trilogy: Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire.

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