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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  

Sea of Poppies

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008.

The first in a trilogy set in the Indian sub-continent of the 1830's. An array of characters set sail on the Ibris and as their stories unfold and intertwine we gain a fascinating insight in to the politics of colonialism.

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Synopsis

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman.

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, and the exotic backstreets of China.

But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive -- a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.

About the Author

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in India and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern India. He was educated in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught in a number of Indian and American universities. He is the author of a travel book and three novels. His work has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, the Observer and the New York Times. He is married with two children and lives in New York.

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Publication date

1st May 2008

Author

Amitav Ghosh

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Publisher

John Murray General Publishing Division

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Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780719568954

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