The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (Hardback)
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The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 14/10/2021
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Through the prism of the nutmeg the author of Gun Island tells the story of the climate crisis with eloquence and passion, arguing that a mechanistic view of the earth's resources is responsible for the calamitous position in which humanity now finds itself. 

'Do not miss this book' NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything

The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation - of both human life and the natural environment - and the origin of our contemporary climate crisis.

Tracing the threats to our future to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean, The Nutmeg's Curse argues that the dynamics of climate change are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism. The story of the nutmeg becomes a parable revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials - spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels. Our crisis, Ghosh shows, is ultimately the result of a mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force of its own, full of agency and meaning.

Writing against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, Ghosh frames these historical stories in a way that connects our shared colonial past with the deep inequality we see around us today. By interweaving discussions on everything from the global history of the oil trade to the migrant crisis and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of contemporary society and speaks to the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529369434
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
What do you do when the subject matter of life on this planet seems to lack . . . life? Your read The Nutmeg's Curse, which eschews the leaden language of climate expertise in favor of the re-animating powers of mythology, etymology, and cosmology. Ghosh challenges readers to reckon with war, empire, and genocide in order to fully grasp the world-devouring logics that underpin ecological collapse. We owe a great debt to his brilliant mind, avenging pen, and huge soul. Do not miss this book-and above all, do not tell yourself that you already know its contents, because you don't. -- NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
In this brilliant book, aflame with insight and moral power, Ghosh shows that in the history of the nutmeg lies the path to our planetary crisis, twisting through the horrors of empire and racial capitalism. The Nutmeg's Curse brings to life alternative visions of human flourishing in consonance with the rest of nature - and reminds us how great are the vested interests that obstruct them -- SUNIL AMRITH, author of Unruly Waters
The creation of a literary mind, linking historical and philosophical themes through the small details and analogies that are the fabric of every good story -- Bruno Macaes * New Statesman *

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