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Overview: Sea of Poppies


Sea of Poppies, which is one of the most popular novels by the famous Indian novelist, Amitav Ghosh, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. It is also the first volume of the projected Ibis Trilogy, of which River of Smoke is the second book. The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide are some of the other Amitav Ghosh books that helped him win international fame. Sea of Poppies revolves around the voyage of a ship named Ibis, the purpose of which is to fight China's vicious Opium Wars in the nineteenth century. The book was published on July 16, 2009 by Penguin India. It can be ordered online in India, from one of the online bookstores listed on this page.

Born in 1956 in Calcutta, Amitav Ghosh was raised and educated in different nations of the world, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, India, and the United Kingdom, where he did his PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. For his other best-selling novels, Ghosh has won India's prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, France's Prix Medici Etranger, the Pushcart Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Sea of Poppies is set prior to the Opium Wars, on the banks of the holy river Ganges and in Calcutta. The main characters include a mulatto American sailor called Zachary Reid, an ordinary village woman, Deeti, an evangelist Opium trader, Benjamin Burnham, and an Indian raja, called Neel Rattan Halder. The book talks about how fate has thrown a diverse cast of Indians as well as westerners together, during the time of colonial upheaval.

The book became popular immediately after its publication, among all Ghosh's fans and enjoyed good reviews from critics. It also won the author several awards, including the 2008 Vodafone Crossword Book award for Fiction and the 2008 British Book Design and Production Award. The book is written in English. It spans across 528 pages. The ISBN 10 number of this book is 0143066153, while its ISBN 13 number is 9780143066156.

Features: Sea of Poppies

  • A book by Amitav Ghosh
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date July 16, 2009
Publisher Penguin India
Contributor(s) Amitav Ghosh
Binding Paperback
Edition 1St Edition
Page Count 528
ISBN 10 0143066153
ISBN 13 9780143066156
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 1.8 kg

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About the Author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and raised and educated in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom, where he received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land and Dancing in Cambodia. His previous novel, The Glass Palace, was an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain. Recently published there, The Hungry Tide has been sold for translation in twelve foreign countries and is also a bestseller abroad. Ghosh has won France's Prix Medici Etranger, India's prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Pushcart Prize. He now divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor and his homes in India and Brooklyn, New York.
 

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