Internationally beloved author Amitav Ghosh weaves a sweeping saga of human destiny during the time of British Colonial rule and the sordid drug trade of the East India Company in China. At the heart of the story is the Ibis, a former slave ship sailing across the Indian Ocean in 1838, on the eve of the Opium Wars. A runaway Indian widow, a bankrupt raja, and a mulatto American ships carpenter are among the disparate characters brought together on this voyage from the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, across tumultuous seas, to the crowded backstreets of Canton.
One of Indias best known writers, Amitav Ghosh has taught at Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land and The Glass Palace. He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn and is currently working on the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy.
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