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Amitav Ghosh on his book Jungle Nama, folk traditions: 'We have to find ways to make reading collaborative'
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Amitav Ghosh on his book Jungle Nama, folk traditions: 'We have to find ways to make reading collaborative'

Through his new book Jungle Nama — written completely in verse, with artwork by Salman Toor — the writer wishes to uphold and celebrate folk traditions of storytelling by engaging with diverse mediums such as audiobooks, graphic novels and video-gaming.

Amitav Ghosh talks three new projects, thinking in visual terms and the interplay of capitalism, imperialism
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Amitav Ghosh talks three new projects, thinking in visual terms and the interplay of capitalism, imperialism

Amitav Ghosh has announced three new projects — Jungle-Nama, a verse retelling of the legend of Bon-Bibi, a Sunderbans epic; a new collection of essays; and The Invisible Hand, a work of non-fiction informed by his research for the Ibis trilogy. 'If you’re a city-dweller, a story like Bon-Bibi is an oddity to you. But if you’re living in the Sunderbans, Bon-Bibi is your life,' he said in this interview to Firstpost

Gun Island: Amitav Ghosh's anthropological approach to fiction stops short of visionary in his latest novel
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Gun Island: Amitav Ghosh's anthropological approach to fiction stops short of visionary in his latest novel

Amitav Ghosh's approach suggests that he writes fiction as anthropology, deliberately illustrating propositions through the characters and events in his novels. His latest novel Gun Island feeds us elaborate information about the milieu, including its myths and its past, but the characters do not stand out and we wait for the protagonist's emotional entanglements in vain

Amitav Ghosh on Gun Island, the theme of technology-as-magic, and why nothing is 'just a story'
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Amitav Ghosh on Gun Island, the theme of technology-as-magic, and why nothing is 'just a story'

Amitav Ghosh, who recently won the Jnanpith Award, talks about the themes in his latest book Gun Island, the link between human and animal modes of communication and technology's potential to function as witchcraft