Ghosh says: " [climate change] is first and foremost a cultural problem."
One of India’s best writers, Amitav Ghosh, is bringing his latest book on climate change to the UK in September this year.
Scoring a 4.33 out of 5 stars on Good Read, the book has been highly commended so far in India. Reviewers say the book is eye-opening, transformational and a powerful piece of writing.
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and The Unthinkable shows ‘The Circle of Reason’ writer doing things differently, as the book which is expected to be on sale in September 2016, is non-fiction.
The book is already on sale in India and is tackling a very prominent issue in today’s society: global warming. Throughout his work, Ghosh examines society’s lack of addressing the violent effects and severe scale of climate change.
He tackles the issue from a different perspective; using history, literature and politics, Ghosh aims to unveil why we, as a species, are so resistant to accepting the dangers of climate change.
He based the book on the sole reasoning that there is little effort, apart from news reports, to speak about the change in our environment.
Speaking to NDTV, Ghosh says: ” [climate change] is first and foremost a cultural problem.”
Expressing that climate change is treated as an abstract concept, rather than a current on-going problem, Ghosh expands by saying, “how can we pretend that this is happening to other people? It is happening to us.”
He claims it is due to a ‘failure of imagination’ and current artists and writers conceal the issue at hand. His concern is that literature places climate change on the same scale as ‘aliens’, and so people fail to believe climate change is a real concern.
It has been a long time coming, as the admired writer has not released a non-fiction book since 1993, where he wrote In an Antique Land.
You can pre-order The Great Derangement on Amazon, which is set to be on sale from 12 September 2016.