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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Hardback)
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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 09/09/2016
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Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability at the level of literature, history, and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today's climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel; they are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications; Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counter-intuitive elements. Ghosh ends by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer's summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226323039
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm


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With the deftness of a master storyteller and the powerful vision of a keen political observer, Ghosh traces the complex ways that globalization, empire, and the bourgeois novel are entangled with the history of carbon and our contemporary climate crisis. A thrilling, often brilliant work of synthesis and imagination, The Great Derangement is essential reading for anyone trying to understand what the Anthropocene means for our human future.
--Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization"
Ghosh s analysis of the era of climate change is fascinating, erudite, and unflinching. The Great Derangement is a profoundly original book that spares no one. --Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"
Captivating. . . .The lightness and agility of Ghosh s writing succeeds in keeping all the urgency and the shadows of something we cannot really look at: the destiny of mankind.
--Giorgio Agamben"
Ghosh has written brilliant fiction, impactful essays. But this work on climate change is the most transformational and powerful piece of writing to come from his pen. The Great Derangementis a book on our burning planet for those who are burning it and are being burnt with it. Ghosh gives us, in scalding anguish, a masterpiece that reflects the Buddha 'sAdittapariyaya Suttaor The Fire Sermon that T S Eliot so plangently re-affirmed in TheWaste Land. We have here a book that seeks to chastise, challenge, and change our brain's clogged circuitry.
--Gopalkrishna Gandhi"
For decades Ghosh has been telling us exquisite stories of unlikely human connection across geographical and historical boundaries. In The Great Derangement he goes a step further and sets us amidst the great collectivity of a living and dying planet. This intensely lyrical work from a visionary writer at his best calls for a restitution of the sacred in its most inclusive form so that we can face the climate crisis of our times with our finest remaining resources.
--Leela Gandhi, Brown University"
"With the deftness of a master storyteller and the powerful vision of a keen political observer, Ghosh traces the complex ways that globalization, empire, and the bourgeois novel are entangled with the history of carbon and our contemporary climate crisis. A thrilling, often brilliant work of synthesis and imagination, The Great Derangement is essential reading for anyone trying to understand what the Anthropocene means for our human future."
--Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization
"Ghosh's analysis of the 'era of climate change' is fascinating, erudite, and unflinching. The Great Derangement is a profoundly original book that spares no one."--Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
"Captivating. . . .The lightness and agility of Ghosh's writing succeeds in keeping all the urgency and the shadows of something we cannot really look at: the destiny of mankind."
--Giorgio Agamben
"Ghosh has written brilliant fiction, impactful essays. But this work on climate change is the most transformational and powerful piece of writing to come from his pen. The Great Derangement is a book on our burning planet for those who are burning it and are being burnt with it. Ghosh gives us, in scalding anguish, a masterpiece that reflects the Buddha''s Adittapariyaya Sutta or 'The Fire Sermon' that T S Eliot so plangently re-affirmed in 'The Waste Land.' We have here a book that seeks to chastise, challenge, and change our brain's clogged circuitry."
--Gopalkrishna Gandhi
"For decades Ghosh has been telling us exquisite stories of unlikely human connection across geographical and historical boundaries. In The Great Derangement he goes a step further and sets us amidst the great collectivity of a living and dying planet. This intensely lyrical work from a visionary writer at his best calls for a restitution of the sacred--in its most inclusive form--so that we can face the climate crisis of our times with our finest remaining resources."
--Leela Gandhi, Brown University
-With the deftness of a master storyteller and the powerful vision of a keen political observer, Ghosh traces the complex ways that globalization, empire, and the bourgeois novel are entangled with the history of carbon and our contemporary climate crisis. A thrilling, often brilliant work of synthesis and imagination, The Great Derangement is essential reading for anyone trying to understand what the Anthropocene means for our human future.-
--Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization
-Ghosh's analysis of the 'era of climate change' is fascinating, erudite, and unflinching. The Great Derangement is a profoundly original book that spares no one.---Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
-Captivating. . . .The lightness and agility of Ghosh's writing succeeds in keeping all the urgency and the shadows of something we cannot really look at: the destiny of mankind.-
--Giorgio Agamben
-Ghosh has written brilliant fiction, impactful essays. But this work on climate change is the most transformational and powerful piece of writing to come from his pen. The Great Derangement is a book on our burning planet for those who are burning it and are being burnt with it. Ghosh gives us, in scalding anguish, a masterpiece that reflects the Buddha''s Adittapariyaya Sutta or 'The Fire Sermon' that T S Eliot so plangently re-affirmed in 'The Waste Land.' We have here a book that seeks to chastise, challenge, and change our brain's clogged circuitry.-
--Gopalkrishna Gandhi
-For decades Ghosh has been telling us exquisite stories of unlikely human connection across geographical and historical boundaries. In The Great Derangement he goes a step further and sets us amidst the great collectivity of a living and dying planet. This intensely lyrical work from a visionary writer at his best calls for a restitution of the sacred--in its most inclusive form--so that we can face the climate crisis of our times with our finest remaining resources.-
--Leela Gandhi, Brown University

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