Amitav Ghosh

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Profile: Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer. He is well known for his work in English fiction. He was born in Calcutta, India and spent his growing up years in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He completed his education at the Delhi School of Economics and University of Oxford.

His books are mainly influenced by this and are set around the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The topmost literary award, the Prix Medicis Etranger award was given to his book, The Circle of Reason. In the year 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri.

The historian Ram Guha and well known author Vikram Seth have been his contemporaries at The Doon School in Dehradun. He contributed poetry and fiction on a regular basis to the School Weekly when he was at school. He worked for the Indian Express, New Delhi during his early career. He lives with author Deborah Baker, his wife, in New York.

Writing style: Amitav Ghosh’s genre is historical fiction. His writing deals in the epic themes of memory and history, diaspora and travel, loss and love, communal violence and political struggle, while he crosses the generic boundaries all the time between art work and anthropology.

Published Texts:


1986 – The Circle of Reason

1988 – The Shadow Lines

1995 – The Calcutta Chromosome

2000 – The Glass Palace

2004 – The Hungry Tide

2008 – Sea of Poppies

2011 – River of Smoke

2015 – Flood of Fire

2019 – Gun Island


1992 – In an Antique Land

1998 – Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma (Essays)

1999 – Countdown

2002 – The Imam and the Indian (Essays)

2006 – Incendiary Circumstances (Essays)

2016 – The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

Awards and Acknowledgements:

Jnanpith Award

2007 Padma Shri

1997 – Arthur C. Clarke Award

Prix Medicis etranger

Ananda Puraskar

Sahitya Akademi Award

Dan David Prize

2016 – Lifetime Achievement Award at Tata Literature Live – (The Mumbai LitFest)