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By Anshuman A. Mondal

ISBN-10: 071907004X

ISBN-13: 9780719070044

Amitav Ghosh is an authoritative severe creation to the fictitious and non-fictional writings of 1 of the main celebrated and important literary voices to have emerged from India in contemporary a long time. it's the first full-length learn of Amitav Ghosh's paintings to be on hand outdoor India.

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Indeed, it is probably not wise to distinguish between his fiction and non-fiction as it is perhaps another of those artificial boundaries that Ghosh insistently interrogates, the overcoming of which constitutes one of the central threads running throughout his work. Many of his works seek to deconstruct, or at least put into question, the value of distinguishing between ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’. For to speak of ‘facts’ immediately involves some taxing epistemological problems: whose ‘facts’? In whose interests are ‘facts’ deployed?

The narratives are connected by a series of overlapping motifs and metaphors that bring into juxtaposition two disciplines and modes of writing – ethnography and historiography – that are customarily seen as separate, each with their own concerns and modes of operation, each focusing on different ‘objects’ of knowledge. In an Antique Land suggests that such partitioning of knowledge into separate domains is only one of a series of parallel ruptures that have divided the modern world: divisions of ‘identity’, of geography, of politics, of history.

Like Tagore, his presence in the modern middleclass Bengali household is ubiquitous and inspirational. A prolific writer as well as filmmaker, his work is often accessed by Bengali children, not only through the more immediate vehicle of cinema but also through his well-loved short stories, particularly the Feluda detective stories (his father, Sukumar Ray, was also a much loved humourist and writer of children’s literature). Although he was a versatile filmmaker, whose canvas was broad and varied, some of his best films, such as the internationally acclaimed Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) or The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (based on his own stories about these two comic characters), either addressed children or explored the world through their eyes.

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