Literary Leicester: Amitav Ghosh

Series Name Literary Leicester
Speaker Amitav Ghosh
Type Arts & Entertainment
Starts at Nov 13, 2013 07:30 PM
Ends at Nov 13, 2013 08:30 PM
Venue Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact Contact Name: Pritty Wadhia Contact Phone: 0116 252 2320

Ticketed event - please book your free tickets in advance.

Followed by a signing session

Chair: Clare Anderson

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of 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 first two volumes of The Ibis Trilogy: Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke.

The Circle of Reason was awarded France’s Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines won two prestigious Indian prizes the same year, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C Clarke award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the International e-Book Award at the Frankfurt book fair in 2001. In January 2005 The Hungry Tide was awarded the Crossword Book Prize, a major Indian award. His novel Sea of Poppies (2008) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2008 and was awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the India Plaza Golden Quill Award.

Amitav Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His essays have been published in the New Yorker, the New Republic and the New York Times and in collections by Penguin India (The Imam and the Indian) and Houghton Mifflin USA (Incendiary Circumstances). He has taught in many universities in India and the USA.

In January 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. In 2010, Amitav Ghosh was awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College, New York and the Sorbonne, Paris. Along with Margaret Atwood, he won a Dan David Award for 2010. In 2011 he was awarded the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal.

On River of Smoke: "Any good historical novel should teach the reader some history as well as sweeping him or her along with an unfolding narrative. Few do this as well as Amitav Ghosh. A book whose conclusion again left me panting for the next volume in this trilogy." (Financial Times)

On Sea of Poppies: "Ghosh spins a fine story with a quite irresistible flow, breathing exuberant life ... an absorbing vision." (Guardian)

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