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