Sea of Poppies
- by Amitav Ghosh -
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Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-42859-4
Synopsis In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman.

As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.

It is this panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so alive - as written by one of the world’s finest novelists.
Amitav Ghosh
Indian writer Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy began with Sea of Poppies, set at the time of the first Opium War, was shortlisted for the 2008 Booker Prize.
Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh was joined by Sarah Passmore to talk about his writing.
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