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    • ISBN:9781848544215
    • Publication date:03 Feb 2011

The Calcutta Chromosome

By Amitav Ghosh

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An extraordinary novel from the best-selling author of the Ibis trilogy.

In this extraordinary novel, Amitav Ghosh navigates through time and genres to present a unique tale. Beginning at an unspecified time in the future and ranging back to the late nineteenth century, the reader follows the adventures of the enigmatic L. Murugan. An authority on the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Ronald Ross, who solved the malaria puzzle in Calcutta in 1898, Murugan is in search of the elusive 'Calcutta Chromosome'.

With its astonishing range of characters, advanced computer science, religious cults and wonderful portraits of Victorian and contemporary India, The Calcutta Chromosome expands the scope of the novel as we know it, as Amitav Ghosh takes on the avatar of a science thriller writer.

Biographical Notes

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published his first novel, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He has taught at a number of institutions, most recently Harvard, and written for many publications. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.

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  • ISBN: 9781848544154
  • Publication date: 03 Feb 2011
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: John Murray
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'Sea of Poppies Boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production ... utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page' — Peter Parker, Sunday Times
'A glorious babel of a novel ... marvellously inventive ... utterly involving ... The next volume cannot come too soon' — Sunday Times
'An utterly involving book' — Sunday Times
'This is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope' — Sunday Telegraph
'Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail ... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing' — The Times
'There can be fewer more exciting settings for a novel than a sea-tossed sailing ship ... Ghosh piles detail upon detail in a rumbustical adventure' — The Times
'Ripping post-colonial yarn ... Ghosh spins a fine story with a quite irresistible flow, breathing exuberant life ... an absorbing vision' — Guardian
'A remarkably rich saga' — Observer
'Each scene is boldly drawn, but it is the sheer energy and verve of Amitav Ghosh's storytelling that binds this ambitious medley' — Daily Mail
This is a corker — Spectator
Ghosh turns the ship into something robustly, bawdily and indelibly real . . . a plot of Dickensian intricacy — New York Times
'A master of fiction' — Economist
'A richly drawn cast of characters ... gilded with expertly-mined historical detail' — Sunday Business Post
'The fantastic Anglo-Asian language they speak is infectious, and the sombre yet uncertain conclusion leaves one eager for the second novel in the trilogy' — Daily Telegraph
'A captivating cast ... Ghosh's saga is enriched with a blizzard of Laskari- and Hindi-derived words that add irrepressible energy to the narrative' — Metro
'Beautifully written, this totally absorbing novel will leave you eagerly awaiting a second instalment' — She Magazine
'...this first volume in a promise trilogy is a gem.' — Guardian
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