Amitav Ghosh

  • Lors d'un de ses séjours annuels en Inde, Deen, bientôt sexagénaire, accepte sans enthousiasme de s'intéresser à un personnage folklorique méconnu et de visiter un temple perdu dans la mangrove. Lui qui a plutôt le profil du rat de bibliothèque s'improvise alors baroudeur, loin d'imaginer que cette excursion n'est que le début d'une folle équipée. Lancé sur les traces de cette légende, il voit sa vie bouleversée par d'effarantes péripéties et d'étranges coïncidences. Au point qu'il se met à douter - de lui-même, et de sa lecture du monde. Dans ce formidable roman d'aventures, l'auteur offre une puissante résonance aux enjeux humains et environnementaux de notre temps, et dévoile une vision troublante des affres de nos sociétés figées dans le déni.

  • Au coeur de cette saga règne l'Ibis, ancien transporteur d'esclaves converti en navire marchand. Partant de Baltimore, il rejoint Calcutta pour embarquer des coolies attendus à l'île Maurice. L'équipage est un assemblage hétéroclite de lascars et d'officiers anglo-saxons. Parmi eux se trouve Zachary Reid, mulâtre que tous prennent pour un Blanc et qui risque gros si la vérité était connue. À fond de cale se cache Paulette, une orpheline française fuyant un mariage arrangé. Autour d'elle s'entassent des paysans indiens chassés par la misère. Deeti, une veuve ayant échappé au bûcher funéraire, s'efforce de leur insuffler l'espoir. Dans un avenir qu'ils n'envisagent pas et un ailleurs qui les terrifie, ces individus si attachants donneront naissance à une dynastie mêlant les croyances, les races et les langues. Car la langue est la grande héroïne de ce roman. Venus de tous les horizons, les personnages parlent un anglais métissé de bengali, de bhojpuri et de chinois, ou encore de français et de lascari. Savoureux, audacieux et d'une extraordinaire vigueur. Un océan de pavots est le chef-d'oeuvre de l'un des écrivains les plus importants de l'Inde contemporaine.

  • En Inde et en Chine, un grand roman d'aventures, mélange épicé de Victor Hugo et de Balzac. 1839. L'empereur de Chine décrète le blocus de l'importation d'opium. Les entrepôts des négociants anglais, indiens et américains sont fermés et leurs stocks brûlés. La flotte britannique s'arme, quitte l'Inde et fait voile vers Canton. Dans le tourbillon soulevé par la guerre, Zachary, Noir américain qui se fait passer pour un Blanc, Catherine, grande bourgeoise frustrée, Kesri, soldat indien, et Shireen, veuve parsie, voient leurs secrets trahis et leurs certitudes bouleversées. Mais tous découvrent ce qu'ils veulent vraiment et s'inventent un avenir. Et tous sont touchés par le drame qui se prépare : la victoire de l'empire britannique qui scellera l'effondrement de leur monde.

  • " Et quand tout le reste sera oublié, les fleurs de Canton demeureront, n'est-ce pas ? "
    Canton, ou plutôt Fanqui Town, l'enclave réservée aux étrangers et interdite aux femmes, est un lieu de commerce, de luxure et de raffinement. Dans un bouillonnement de langues, commerçants anglais, grossistes américains et négociants indiens échangent leurs cargaisons d'opium contre la soie, le thé et la porcelaine fournis par les marchands chinois. L'argent coule à flots, les fêtes sont somptueuses, et les amitiés particulières mettent du piment dans ce microcosme étouffant. Mais, en cette année 1839, l'empereur de Chine, lassé des ravages de la drogue, exige la destruction de tous les stocks de la ville. Devant la menace, les équilibres savamment entretenus volent en éclats. La cupidité, la jalousie, les préjugés et le racisme pointent derrière les élégances de façade. Dans cette tragicomédie aux accents shakespeariens, deuxième volet d'une trilogie inaugurée par Un océan de pavots, des personnages inoubliables colorent de leurs turpitudes mais aussi de leur générosité les rives d'une ville extraordinaire désormais disparue. " Ghosh poursuit une oeuvre singulière et géniale : avec Un fleuve de fumée, l'auteur écrit l'un des meilleurs romans historiques de ces dernières années. " Time Out New York

  • Un roman multiple et fascinant dans lequel Amitav Ghosh donne la pleine mesure de son exceptionnel talent de conteur.
    C'est dans l'archipel des Sundarbans, ce pays des marées peuplé de crocodiles, de serpents et de tigres mangeurs d'hommes, que Kanai, un homme d'affaires sophistiqué, originaire de Calcutta, fait la connaissance de Piya, une cétologue américaine d'origine indienne. À la recherche d'une espèce unique de dauphins d'eau douce, cette dernière explore la faune et la flore locales avec l'aide de Fokir, un pêcheur illettré possédant un savoir unique sur la région. Tous trois se lancent dans une singulière expédition qui, au gré des tempêtes, leur fera rencontrer l'amour, la souffrance, et les changera à jamais.Après avoir exploré le réalisme magique dans Les Feux du Bengale, la saga familiale dans Le Palais des miroirs et le polar dans Le Chromosome de Calcutta, Amitav Ghosh se penche sur les mythes qui nourrissent la culture indienne. Avec une fascination d'anthropologue, il nous livre ici une fresque envoûtante et maîtrisée, véritable hommage aux mots, à la littérature et à son pays.

  • Once upon a time an Indian writer named Amitav Ghosh set out an Indian slave, name unknown, who some seven hundred years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexist with twentieth-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to re-create the life of his Indian predecessor, he found himself immersed in those of his modern Egyptian neighbors.
    Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some of these figures are real, some only imagined, but all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In an Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends genres as deftly as it does eras, weaving an entrancing and intoxicating spell.

  • Brilliant and impassioned, The Glass Palace is a masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh, the gifted novelist Peter Matthiessen has called an exceptional writer. This superb story of love and war begins with the shattering of the kingdom of Burma and the igniting of a great and passionate love, and it goes on to tell the story of a people, a fortune, and a family and its fate.
    The Glass Palace tells of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who creates an empire in the Burmese teak forest. During the British invasion of 1885, when soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, the woman whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.

  • 'As hypnotic as an opium dream and pretty unputdownable' Daily MailIn September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton? And what fate befell those aboard the Redruth, a sturdy two-masted brig heading East out of Cornwall? Was it the storm that altered their course or were the destinies of these passengers at the mercy of even more powerful forces?On the grand scale of an historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together. All struggle to cope with their losses - and for some, unimaginable freedoms - in the alleys and crowded waterways of 19th century Canton. As transporting and mesmerizing as an opiate induced dream, River of Smoke will soon be heralded as a masterpiece of twenty-first century literature.

  • Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.

  • From the author of the international bestseller The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide is a novel of adventure and romance set in the exotic Sundarbans -- treacherous islands in the Bay of Bengal where isolated inhabitants live in fear of drowning tides and man-eating tigers. A headstrong young American arrives in this lush landscape to study a rare species of river dolphin. She enlists the aid of a local fisherman and a translator, and soon their fates on the waterways will be determined by the forces of nature and human folly.

  • Anglais River of Smoke

    Amitav Ghosh

    The Ibis is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China: plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-Town, or Foreign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto itself where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries meet, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance.

  • The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.
    It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

  • Anglais Flood of Fire

    Amitav Ghosh

    It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong. Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

  • Anglais Hungry Tide

    Amitav Ghosh

    Off the easternmost coast of India lies the immense archipelago of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. Life here is precarious, ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attack by Bengal tigers. Into this place of vengeful beauty come two seekers from different worlds, whose lives collide with tragic consequences. The settlers of the remote Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery island labyrinth will never return. With the arrival of two outsiders from the modern world, the delicate balance of small community life uneasily shifts. Piya Roy is a marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare dolphin. Kanai Dutt is an urbane Delhi businessman, here to retrieve the journal of his uncle who died mysteriously in a local political uprising. When Piya hires an illiterate but proud local fisherman to guide her through the crocodile-infested backwaters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn. A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, The Hungry Tide travels deep into one of the most fascinating regions on earth, where the treacherous forces of nature and human folly threaten to destroy a way of life.

  • Anglais Glass Palace

    Amitav Ghosh

    Rajkumar is a young orphan helping out in a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace in Mandalay, when the British force the Burmese King, Queen and court into exile. Haunted by his vision of the Royal Family and one of their attendants, he travels to the obscure town where they have been exiled, and his family and friends become inexorably linked with theirs. From this humble beginning, an extraordinary story of a century unfolds: in Malaya, amid the vast rubber plantations; in India, amid growing nationalistic fervor; in America, where ideals of democracy, terrorist skills and business acumen could all be learned. By the time World War II arrives, Rajkumar's influence will have spread from the great estate at Morningside and he will see his son become involved in the British collapse in Singapore, and another member of his family take part in the remarkable rebellion of the Indian troops against their British officers. Many more fascinating stories unfold in the pages of The Glass Palace. There is the formidable Indian widow, Uma, a spearhead of the Indian nationalist movement and a final refuge for the battered remnants of the family as they flee from Burma before the Japanese advance. And there is Rajkumar's granddaughter, who survives the experience and brings readers back to Burma, completing the family saga started so long ago.

  • Anglais Sea of Poppies

    Amitav Ghosh

    At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slave ship The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its crew a motley array of sailors, stowaways, and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, the ship boasts a diverse cast of Indians, coolies, and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed village woman, from a mulatto American to an evangelical opium trader. As their family ties wash away, they come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers, and an unlikely dynasty is born. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the back streets of China. But it is the panorama of sharply drawn characters that brings Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive. The first in a trilogy, this is a masterpiece by a world-class novelist.

  • At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its purpose, to fight China's vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

    In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a freespirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations.

    The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, the exotic backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive-'a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.

    Note: This book is in the Hindi language and has been made available for the Kindle, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite, iPhone and iPad, and for iOS, Windows Phone and Android devices.

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