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The vision of a tall-masted ship, at sail on the ocean, came to Deeti on an otherwise ordinary day, but she knew instantly that the apparition was a sign of destiny, for she had never seen such a vessel before, not even in a dream: how could she have, living as she did in northern Bihar, four hundred miles from the coast? Her village was so far inland that the sea seemed as distant as the netherworld: it was the chasm of darkness where the holy Ganga disappeared into the Kala-Pani, 'the Black Water'.
It happened at the end of winter, in a year when
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Amitav Ghosh: Between the lines.
The first in Amitav Ghosh's new trilogy of novels, Sea of Poppies is a stunningly vibrant and intensely human work that confirms his reputation as a master storyteller.
Amitav Ghosh reads from Sea of Poppies at Literati Bookshop in Goa, India.
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year • A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year • An Economist Best Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
“Brilliant...By the book’s stormy and precarious ending, most readers will clutch it like the ship’s rail awaiting, just like Ghosh’s characters, the rest of the voyage to a destination unknown.”--USA Today"Ghosh's best and most ambitious work yet. . . . Ghosh writes with impeccable control, and with a vivid and sometimes surprising imagination."--The New Yorker
"Sea of Poppies" - Must Read - Salon.com"Sea of Poppies," set in Calcutta, is a swashbuckling saga full of sadists, weaklings and tyrants -- and, thankfully, there are two more volumes to come.- Salon
Opium Addicts, Beheaded Traders Crowd Ghosh's Shipboard Trilogy - Bloomberg A devout Hindu mother is bathing in the Ganges when a schooner hulks into view with dazzling white sails and a figurehead of a long-billed bird. Terrified by this apparition -- she's never seen such a ship -- she rushes home to sketch the image and place it in her puja room of gods. - Bloomberg
Amitav Ghosh Creates a New Language for 'Sea of Poppies' - Fall Preview 2008 -- New York Magazine More fun than learning a new language: Reading one.- New York Magazine
AMITAV GHOSH is the internationally bestselling author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel The Glass Palace, and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He divides his time among Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn, New York.
Man Booker Award - Nominee