It’s time to re­visit au­thor Ami­tav Ghosh’s work on cli­mate change

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When ac­claimed novelist Ami­tav Ghosh was writ­ing The Great Derange­ment — a work of non­fic­tion on the is­sue of cli­mate change — many in lit­er­ary cir­cles asked him: Why write about some­thing so bor­ing?

About two years down the line, as eyes burn and lungs choke in the ‘gas cham­ber’ that Delhi has be­come, his book be­comes a fit­ting ex­am­i­na­tion of the scale and dan­gers of cli­mate change.

“Are we de­ranged,” asks Ghosh in the book, “How else to ex­plain our imag­i­na­tive fail­ure in the face of global warm­ing?” It was his first ma­jor book of non-fic­tion since In an An­tique Land.

Ghosh said in an in­ter­view then that at first his con­cerns were about the dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment, but cli­mate change is much big­ger. The point that he raised was that artists, writ­ers and film­mak­ers have not given cli­mate change the at­ten­tion it needs.

He had said that he is “not in the busi­ness of find­ing so­lu­tions” but pointed out that one good way to find­ing a olu­tion is to un­der­stand the rav­ity and mag­ni­tude f the sit­u­a­tion we are l in”. A few weeks from ow, the smog may de away, but Ghosh’s ook will con­tinue to erve as a writer’s call con­front the most rgent task of our me.

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