• Tout commence par une question simple :
    Pourquoi le dérèglement climatique est-il absent de notre littérature contemporaine ?
    Le réchauffement climatique est un nouveau type d'événement, difficile à se représenter, car incompatible avec les récits et l'imaginaire qui ont structuré notre monde.
    Ce phénomène constitue la réfutation de nos récits, de nos histoires et de nos mythes modernes. Ghosh nous invite donc à un remaniement de nos cadres narratifs.
    D'abord en inventant une nouvelle littérature, qui en finisse avec le réalisme bourgeois d'une Nature immuable, située à l'arrière-plan des actions humaines.
    Ensuite en réécrivant l'histoire de la modernité, pour en finir avec le mythe d'une industrialisation uniquement menée par les pays du Nord.
    Enfin en interrogeant les États-nations, dont la structure impériale est indissociable de la débauche énergétique et du réchauffement climatique.

  • Calcutta, 1838. L'Ibis embarque une poignée de coolies pour l'île Maurice : paysans indiens ruinés, veuve réchappée du bûcher, Française fuyant un mariage sordide, raja déchu, paria chinois. À huis clos, livrée à l'Inconnu et à la haine d'un mulâtre qui joue au petit Blanc, cette Babel de la misère s'unira pourtant, jouant son infatigable espérance contre le destin. Le premier acte d'une trilogie d'une puissance sidérante.

  • 1839, c'est la révolution à Fanqui Town. L'empereur de Chine est déterminé à chasser les drogues de son territoire, non sans mettre en péril l'équilibre soigneusement entretenu entre négociants américains, britanniques pincés et indiens en soieries. Car à Canton, l'opium est aussi bien monnaie courante que promesse d'avenir. Menacés par la ruine et le déshonneur, les habitants n'ont plus qu'un seul mot d'ordre : défendre leurs intérêts ! Après Un océan de pavot, le deuxième volet de la trilogie de l'Ibis poursuit une saga vibrante, dans la plus belle tradition épique.

  • 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.
    Dernier opus de la splendide « Trilogie de l'Ibis », Un déluge de feu est un mélange épicé de Victor Hugo et de Balzac.

  • Les feux de Bengale

    Amitav Ghosh

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    Dans ce roman, Amitav Ghosh nous convie à un voyage insolite sur les chemins de l'Inde, de l'Arabie et de l'Afrique du Nord. Trois personnages attachants et excentriques viennent nourrir les aventures hautes en couleurs d'Alu, un jeune surdoué du métier à tisser : l'opulente maquerelle Zindi-la-pomme, Jyoti Das, un policier féru d'ornithologie, et surtout Balaram, phrénologue qui ne jure que par son héros Louis Pasteur et s'intéresse grandement aux bosses qui couvrent la tête d'Alu.

    Les destins de ces héros déroutants se croisent et s'entremêlent en une course fulgurante de catastrophes et de merveilles. Une saga romanesque dont le souffle réconcilie l'esprit du roman picaresque avec celui du récit moderne.

  • Bundook . Gun. A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta's world upside down. A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen's eyes to the realities of growing up in today's world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him. Gun Island is a beautifully realised novel which effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

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  • In 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.

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  • Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2008: a stunningly vibrant novel from Amitav Ghosh

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  • 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.

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  • A rich, exotic saga set in Calcutta and in the vast archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal.

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  • Dans l'archipel des Sundarbans, ces îles du golfe du Bengale où déferlent marées et tsunamis, trois êtres que pourtant tout sépare voient leurs chemins se croiser : Kanai, un homme d'affaires qui a quitté New Delhi pour récupérer les mystérieux carnets d'un oncle philanthrope obsédé par la poésie de Rilke ; Piya, une cétologue américaine à la recherche d'une espèce de dauphins en voie de disparition ; et Fokir, un pêcheur illettré qui conduira Piya sur les traces des cétacés. Chacun trouvera dans l'humilité imposée par la mangrove et la force des éléments, le moyen de se construire un peu plus. Un voyage qui les renforcera ou les détruira, mais qui ne les laissera pas indemne.

  • Petit fonctionnaire d'une vaste organisation mondiale à laquelle seuls le lient son ordinateur et son omniprésente banque de données, l'exaspérante Ava, Antar découvre un beau jour sur son écran les vestiges d'une carte d'identité qui appartient à un certain L.
    Murugan. Ce Murugan, Antar l'a rencontré autrefois, au moment où, se proclamant la plus grande autorité sur Ronald Ross, prix Nobel spécialiste de la malaria, l'homme partait pour l'Inde à la recherche des preuves qui étayeraient son étrange théorie du " chromosome de Calcutta ". Il y est bien arrivé le 20 août 1995, le Jour du moustique, mais il a disparu le lendemain... De son fauteuil, sous l'oeil soupçonneux d'Ava - et sous d'autres regards aussi dont il mesure mal l'influence -, Antar entame, un peu malgré lui, mais comme poussé par des forces mystérieuses, une enquête.
    S'enchaînent alors une série d'événements fiévreux, délirants et passionnants dont le récit, défiant le temps et les frontières, transporte le lecteur du New York de demain à l'Inde du siècle dernier au cours du plus extraordinaire des voyages autour d'une chambre... et d'un ordinateur.

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  • Rajkumar a un rêve : pénétrer dans le Palais des Miroirs. Il y parvient au moment où le roi birman est déchu par les Britanniques. Là, il tombe irrémédiablement amoureux de Dolly, la jeune suivante. Le petit orphelin se promet alors de devenir riche et de la retrouver. Ainsi débute la prodigieuse épopée de trois générations balayées par les forces de l'histoire entre la Birmanie, la Malaisie et l'Inde.

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  • Compte a rebours

    Amitav Ghosh

    Le 11 mai 1998, le gouvernement indien fait exploser cinq bombes atomiques sur le site de Pokharan, dans le désert du Rajasthan. Dix-sept jours plus tard, le Pakistan procède à ses propres essais. Dans cette course au nucléaire, chacun at-il vraiment pour but d'éliminer l'autre ? Soucieux de le découvrir, Amitav Ghosh commence très vite son enquête. Il se rend d'abord à Pokharan, puis, à l'invitation du ministre de la Défense indien, dans des campements militaires au Cachemire, notamment sur le glacier du Siachen (dans la chaîne du Karakoram) où Indiens et Pakistanais se mitraillent
    depuis 1983. Il va ensuite au Pakistan et au Népal.
    Compte à rebours est le compte-rendu de ces voyages et des entretiens qu'il a eus avec des centaines de personnes, ordinaires et officielles, dans les deux pays. Et, comme Ghosh est avant tout un écrivain, il brosse des portraits, et
    raconte des scènes - notamment une inénarrable cérémonie de baisser des couleurs à la frontière pakistano-indienne qui captivent le lecteur, même occidental et peu informé.
    La conclusion de Ghosh, malgré les six années qui se sont écoulées depuis les faits, reste valable et toujours aussi terrifiante : pour les dirigeants indiens, le programme nucléaire est avant tout une question de prestige - à la limite un
    symbole inoffensif - destiné à les faire figurer dans le cercle des "grandes puissances". Quant aux dirigeants pakistanais, ce qui les motive, c'est la parité avec l'Inde.
    Sauf que les cibles que visent ces armes ne sont rien d'autre que des centaines de millions de gens. "Entre les désirs des gouvernants et le bien-être des gouvernés, il n'y a plus de compatibilité."

    Dans une postface qu'il a rédigée en mai 2004, Ghosh fait le point sur la situation actuelle et les conséquences des révélations récentes concernant la livraison de secrets nucléaires par les Pakistanais à plusieurs pays amis.

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  • JUNGLE-NAMA Nouv.

    JUNGLE-NAMA

    Amitav Ghosh

    Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies , was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.>

  • THE NUTMEG''S CURSE Nouv.

    THE NUTMEG''S CURSE

    Amitav Ghosh

    ''One of the finest writers of his generation'' Financial Times Before the 18th century, every single nutmeg in the world originated around a group of small volcanic islands east of Java, known as the Banda Islands. As the nutmeg made its way across the known world, they became immensely valuable - in 16th century Europe, just a handful could buy a house. It was not long before European traders became conquerors, and the indigenous Bandanese communities - and the islands themselves - would pay a high price for access to this precious commodity. Yet the bloody fate of the Banda Islands forewarns of a threat to our present day. Amitav Ghosh argues that the nutmeg''s violent trajectory from its native islands is revealing of a wider colonial mindset which justifies the exploitation of human life and the natural environment, and which dominates geopolitics to this day. Written against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, and interweaving discussions on everything from climate change, the migrant crisis, and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg''s Curse offers a sharp critique of Western society, and reveals the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.

  • A moins d'un miracle Nouv.

  • 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.

  • 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 twentiethcentury desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to recreate the life of his Indian predecessor, he found himself immersed in those of his modern Egyptian neighbors.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;yes'>#160;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 allyes'>#160;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.

  • 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.

  • "An uncannily honest writer." --New York Times Book ReviewThe novelist and journalist Amitav Ghosh has offered extraordinary firsthand accounts of pivotal world events over the past twenty years. He is an essential voice in forums like The Nation, the New York Times, the New Republic, Granta, and The New Yorker, Incendiary Circumstances brings together the finest of these pieces for the first time--including many never before published in the States -- in a compelling chronicle of the turmoil of our times. Incendiary Circumstances begins with Ghosh's arrival in the Andaman and Nicobar islands just days after the devastation of the 2005 tsunami. We then travel back to September 11, 2001, as Ghosh retrieves his young daughter from school, sick with the knowledge that she must witness the kind of firestorm that has been in the background of his everyday life since childhood. With a prescience born of experience, Ghosh warned decades ago of the dangerous rise of religious extremism. In his travels he has stood on an icy mountaintop on the contested border between India and Pakistan, interviewed Pol Pot's sister-in-law in Cambodia, shared the elation of Egyptians when Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize, and stood with his threatened Sikh neighbors through the riots following Indira Gandhi's assassination. With intelligence and authentic sympathy, he "illuminates the human drama behind the headlines" (Publishers Weekly). Incendiary Circumstances is unparalleled testimony of an era defined by the ravages of politics and nature.Amitav Ghosh is acclaimed for his political journalism and his travel writing. The New York Times Book Review called his travelogue, In An Antique Land, "remarkable . . . rivals anything by the masters of social realism in modern Egyptian literature." He is also the best-selling author of four novels, including The Hungry Tide and The Glass Palace, which has been published in eighteen foreign editions. Ghosh has won France's prestigious Prix Medici Etranger, India's Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Educated in South Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom, Ghosh holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford. He divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor, and his homes in Kolkata, India, and Brooklyn, New York.Advance Praise for Incendiary Circumstances "This absorbing collection of essays by the novelist, journalist, and travel writer Ghosh . . . covers some two decades of catastrophe and upheaval, from sectarian violence in his native India during the 1980s through the September 11 attacks . . . to the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. With an eye for evocative detail, he illuminates the human dramas behind the headlines: the plight of tsunami refugees trying to rebuild their lives and finances after every bank record and piece of ID is lost to the waves; the courage of ordinary Indians protecting their Sikh neighbors from rampaging Hindu mobs . . . He is equally engaging when he turns from current affairs to literary essays on, say, the international culture of novel reading or the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. Written in luminous prose with unusual understanding . . . an insightful look at a chaotic world." -- Publishers Weekly Starred ReviewPraise for Amitav Ghosh"Ghosh is adept at delineating the complicated crosscurrents of emerging national independence movements. He is even more impressive at portraying the different ways in which individuals react to the turmoil, hardship, and disorientation wrought by war." - Wall Street Journal"A wonderful hybrid of travel writing, reporting, historical analysis, and memoir - in other words, the kind of piece [Ghosh] writes better than almost anyone else." - Washington Times

  • From the acclaimed author of Sea of Poppies, a novel weaving history and memory together to create "a rare work that balances formal ingenuity, heart, and mind" (New Republic) 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.

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