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Rarely has history been so compelling as in Amitav Ghosh’s new book Flood of Fire

Flood of FireFlood of Fire, the final part of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy is set between 1839 and 1841 and it would have been easy to have got the reader lost in the rich historical events that were unfolding during that period; the growing tensions between China and British-ruled India over the opium trade that eventually triggered war, the eventual seizure of Hong Kong and what Beijing saw as its humiliating defeat.

But Ghosh’s literary world is populated by such a gallery of diverse and vivid characters that it is they who capture the reader. Some will be remembered from his first two books, Sea of Poppies about opium production and River of Smoke about the opium ship Anahita travelling to Canton in China. However, while Flood of Fire provides continuity it is equally enthralling as a stand-alone book.

The story unfolds through the lives of three main characters: Zachary Reid,

Man Booker International Prize long list announced

Ten authors have been named on the long list for the Man Booker International Prize. It includes writers from six from countries which have never featured before. The ten authors on the list are: Cesar Aira (Argentina) Hoda Barakat (Lebanon) Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe) Mia Couto (Mozambique) Amitav Ghosh (India) Fanny Howe (USA) Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya) Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary) Alain…


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