Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer and the winner of 54th Jnanpith award, best known for his work in English fiction. In a first recognition for an English writer, Amitav Ghosh has been announced as 2018’s Jnanpith Award winner for “outstanding contribution towards literature”.

The 1956, Kolkata-born author was described as a “path-breaking novelist” by Bharatiya Jnanpith. The awarding body said that Ghosh, in his novels, treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways.

The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist and scholar Pratibha Ray. Other eminent persons of the selection board included Girishwar Misra, Shamim Hanfi, and Harish Trivedi, among others. All the previous winners of the much-coveted award have been writers in Indian languages, making Ghosh the first writer in English its winner Ghosh has explored Indian protagonists ranging across a wide international field, including Bangladesh, England, Egypt and Myanmar in both his fictional and discursive writings.

Some of his celebrated works include “The Circle of Reason”, “The Shadow Lines”, “The Calcutta Chromosome”, “The Glass Palace”, “The Hungry Tide” and the Ibis trilogy that includes “Sea of Poppies”, “River of Smoke”, and “Flood of Fire”.

I have personally read the Ibis trilogy and it was unputdownable. The descriptions the writer uses takes you back in the era.

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