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Amitav Ghosh is one of the most widely known Indians writing in English today. He was born in Calcutta in 1956 and studied in Delhi, Alexandria and the United Kingdom, where he received a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia and The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace and, most recently, The Hungry Tide. The Circle of Reasonwas awarded the Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines won two presitigious Indian prizes, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997 and The Glass Palace, an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain, won the International e-Book Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2001. In January 2005 The Hungry Tidewas awarded the Hutch Crossword Book Prize, a major Indian award.
For Ghosh, the value of the novel, as a form, is that it is able to incorporate elements of every aspect of life - history, rhetoric, politics, beliefs, religion, family, love, sexuality. He sees the novel as a meta-form that transcends the boundaries that circumscribe other kinds of writing.
Amitav Ghosh's work has been translated into nineteen languages and h e has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) and the Venice Film Festival. Amitav Ghosh's essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. He has taught in many universities in India and the USA and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Literature at Harvard.
The Circle of Reason, Roli Books, 1986
The Shadow Lines, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 1988
In An Antique Land, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 1992
The Calcutta Chromosome, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 1996
Dancing in Cambodia and At Large in Burma, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 1998
The Glass Palace, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 2000
The Imam and the Indian, Ravi Dayal Publishers, 2002
The Hungry Tide, HarperCollins, 2004