Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Permanent Black
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175300418
Now in paper back edition, this astonishing novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery ranges back and forth in time from an unspecified period in the future to the late nineteenth century in search of elusive 'Calcutta Chromosome'.
A medical thriller, a Victorian ghost story, a scientific quest…this astonishing novel ranges back and forth in time from an unspecified period in the future to the late nineteenth century in search of the elusive ‘Calcutta Chromosome’. It dramatizes the adventures of the enigmatic L Morgan, an authority on Sir Ronald Ross – the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who solved the malaria puzzle in Calcutta in 1898.
With its extraordinary range of characters, advanced computer science, religious cults and wonderful portraits of Victorian and contemporary India, this is the novel in which Amitav Ghosh takes on the avatar of science thriller-writer. Winner of the Arthur C Clark Award, this is another major novel by India’s most accomplished writer of English fiction.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
Ghosh frolics with breathtaking intensity and variety to produce a novel like none other in the Indo-Anglian shelf. This book is an amazing amalgam of many things, a very impressive display of scholarship, narrative skills, and complex plotting. Ghosh achieves a peculiarly haunting quality.
- Outlook, New Delhi.
The Calcutta Chromosome is a compressed masterpiece that further consolidates Amitav Ghosh's premiership in contemporary Indian writing in English.
- Biblio, New Delhi.