The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh audiobook

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

By Amitav Ghosh
Read by Shridhar Solanki

Blackstone Publishing 9780226323039

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094068909

  • ISBN: 9781094068893

  • ISBN: 9781094068916

Runtime: 6.12 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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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 counterintuitive 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“On very rare occasions, a writer marshals such searing insight and storytelling skill that even a well trodden subject is blown wide open…This is that kind of book.” Naomi Klein, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“‘The climate crisis is,’ as Ghosh writes, ‘also a crisis of culture and thus of the imagination.’" Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Branding our era of denial and inertia the Great Derangement, Ghosh looks in turn at literature, history, and politics to examine this failure” Nature
The Great Derangement is a bracing reminder that there is no more vital task for writers and artists than to clear the intellectual dead wood of a vulgarly boosterish age and create space for apocalyptic thinking—which may at least delay, if not avert, the catastrophes ahead.” The Guardian (London)
“One big complaint about science—that it kills wonder—is the same criticism Ghosh levels at the novel: that it bequeaths us ‘a world of few surprises, fewer adventures, and no miracles at all.’" New Scientist
“His exploration of the relationship between British imperialism and Asia’s carbon economy shows that our constructions of history are as deranged as our literature. In short, we are in denial.” Christian Century
“In this concise and utterly enlightening volume, Ghosh urges the public to find new artistic and political frameworks to understand and reduce the effects of human-caused climate change.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Shridhar Solanki’s deliberate English-accented narration takes the listener through Ghosh’s theories…[and] some fascinating accounts of catastrophes…Solanki’s slower pace is appropriate…[as] this audiobook requires time and attention.” Audiofile

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Author

Author Bio: Amitav Ghosh

Author Bio: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is the multiaward–winning author of books of fiction and nonfiction. He has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize, among others.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 6.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English