Anlin Ku Lecture Series: Flood of Fire with Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh Flood of Fire

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Amitav Ghosh will discuss his Ibis Trilogy, a magisterial work of historical fiction that explores the impact of the opium trade between India and China conducted by England’s East India Company. The series focuses on the events leading to the outbreak of the first Opium War in 1839.

Ghosh has been hailed as a “writer of supreme skill and intelligence” (The Atlantic Monthly). His publications encompass fiction, travel writing and journalism. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Ghosh has won the French Prix Médicis étranger, India’s Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Man Asian Literary Prize. He has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University and the University of Delhi, among other institutions.

The trilogy, added to his other writings, confirms his place as one of the most important contemporary authors. The recently published third volume, Flood of Fire (2015), demonstrates his “immense skill as a story-teller” (The Independent). The first volume, Sea of Poppies (2008), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The second volume, River of Smoke (2011), was praised as a “monumental tribute to the pain and glory of an earlier era of globalization” (Washington Post).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

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