University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Amitav Ghosh, "Futurities" Lecture Series: "The Nutmeg’s Curse: A Parable of the Anthropocene"

March 24, 2022

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 The Ibis Trilogy, consisting of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. His three most recent books, the novel Gun Island (2019) and the non-fiction The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) and The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (2021) are all works in environmental humanities. Ghosh's work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the juries of the Locarno and Venice film festivals. His essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe New Republic, and The New York Times. He holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2007, the President of India awarded him the Padma Shri, one of India's highest honors. Ghosh and Margaret Atwood jointly shared the 2010 Dan David Prize, and he was awarded the 2011 Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal. Ghosh is the first English-language writer to receive the Jnanpith Award in 2018, India’s highest literary honor. In 2019, Foreign Policy  named him one of the most important global thinkers of our age

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