|2 Mar 2012||5:00pm - 6:30pm||LG19, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road|
A Conversation with Natalie Zemon Davis and Amitav Ghosh
John-Paul Ghobrial (History, Churchill College)
About the speakers
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 Sea of Poppies, which is the first volume of a projected series of novels, The Ibis Trilogy. 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 and was awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the IndiaPlaza Golden Quill Award. The Ibis Trilogy, of which River of Smoke (2011) is the second volume, explores the web of relationships linking several families in India, China, and Britain in the age of the Opium War.