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In Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies, the Ibis began its treacherous journey across the Indian Ocean, bound for the cane fields of Mauritius with a cargo of indentured servants. Now, in River of Smoke, the former slave ship flounders in the Bay of Bengal, caught in the midst of a deadly cyclone. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. Meanwhile, the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries horticulturists determined to track down the priceless botanical treasures of China. All will converge in Canton’s Fanqui-­town, or Foreign Enclave, a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. A spectacular adventure, but also a bold indictment of global avarice, River of Smoke is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance.

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The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--­and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment" (The Observer [London]).­At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-­spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-­bhais, or ship-­brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the . . .

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Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. The struggles that have made Burma, India, and Malaya the places they are today are illuminated in this wonderful novel by the writer Chitra Divakaruni calls “a master storyteller.­”

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From Victorian India to near-­future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes listeners on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-­numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.­D. card of a long-­lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.

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Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.

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In an Antique Land is a subversive history in the guise of a traveller's tale. When the author stumbles across a slave narrative in the margins of an ancient text, his curiosity is piqued. What follows is a ten year search, which brings author and slave together across 800 hundred years of colonial history. Bursting with anecdote and exuberant detail, it offers a magical, intimate biography of the private life of a country, Egypt, from the Crusades to Operation Desert Storm.

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En la ciudad de Nueva York, en un futuro pr?­ximo, Antar, un egipico que trabaja como ingeniero inform?­tico, recupera por casualidad la ficha de Murugan, un viejo colega que se march? a Calcuta, donde se le perdi? la pista. Murugan segu?­a el rastro del cient?­fico, escritor y premio Nobel del siglo xix Ronald Ross, que llev? a cabo importantes investigaciones sobre la malaria en la India. Pero el trabajo de Ross no se limitaba a esta enfermedad, ya que alguien lo manipulaba desde la sombra para que profundizase en la relaci?­n entre la malaria inducida y la curaci?­n de la s?­filis y con algo cuyo alcance ?­l jam?­s llegar? a comprender: el denominado cromosoma Calcuta, a partir del cual… tal vez se pueda conseguir la inmortalidad. Amitav Ghosh nos introduce en una India misteriosa, poblada por turbios personajes y enigm?­ticas presencias fantasmales, un universo en el que conviven y se confrontan culturas diferentes, distintas maneras de concebir el mundo. Alternando dos tiempos . . .

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