Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh

  • Novelist
  • Essayist


During his fellowship, Amitav will explore his lifelong interest in the natural world, and intersections between literature and climate change.

Amitav Ghosh is a master storyteller and one of India’s most widely read authors. His fictional work explores historical narratives of colonialism and displacement, among other themes. The New York Times has called him an “archaeologist of the powerless,” and the Literary Review has said of his work that “all of his writing to date has traced connections across cultures.” He is also a widely published nonfiction writer, and his essays have been featured in the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the New York Times.

Born in Calcutta, Amitav travels widely and has lived in many countries, among them Bangladesh, England, Egypt, and the US. His work, which is available in at least 35 languages, is read all over the world. He has been recognized internationally for decades and has received numerous awards, including France’s Prix Médicis in 1990 for The Circle of Reason, India’s prestigious Crossword Book Prize in 2005 for The Hungry Tide, and the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal in 2011 for lifetime achievement. He was also a joint winner, with Margaret Atwood, of the Dan David Prize in literature in 2010—an award recognizing outstanding scientific, technological, cultural, or social impact on our world. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, and Amitav is currently on the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.