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River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh.. Adept reenvisioneering of early 19th century India, the sprawling East India Co., and its opium trade. Magical, even if you’re not smoking something.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"No writer in modern India has held a novelistic lamp to the subcontinent’s densely thicketed past as vividly and acutely as Amitav Ghosh. Since the publication of “The Circle of Reason,” in the mid-1980s, Ghosh’s work has been animated by its inventive collages and connections."

The New York Times

"On one level, [River of Smoke] is a remarkable feat of research, bringing alive the hybrid customs of food and dress and the competing philosophies of the period with intimate precision; on another it is a subversive act of empathy, viewing a whole panorama of world history from the ‘wrong’ end of the telescope. The real trick, though, is that it is also fabulously entertaining."

The Observer

Author bio: Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies... More information can be found here: http://www.amitavghosh.com/bio.html

Book Details: General Fiction; (522 pp. Haluci-historical: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://us.macmillan.com/riverofsmoke/AmitavGhosh

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