Penguin Books India has acquired three new books from internationally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh.
The deal includes two new works of non-fiction, The Great Derangement and Invisible Hand, and an as yet untitled novel. The rights were acquired by Meru Gokhale, editor-in-chief of literary publishing at Penguin Random House India, from Sarah Chalfant at The Wylie Agency.
The first book to be published, The Great Derangement, is based on Ghosh’s recently delivered Berlin Family Lectures at the University of Chicago. Part memoir, part analytical essay, it is also an extended reflection on the history of the carbon economy and the politics of global warming. The Great Derangement will be published in 2016.
Gokhale said: “The Great Derangement will be the culmination to Amitav’s long-term exploration of the tumult unleashed by climate change. This is a timely and urgent book which will change the way we think about our relationship with nature.”
Invisible Hand: China and the Making of My World will be at once a travelogue, memoir and an essay in history, drawing on 10 years of archival research, and charting the influence of China in the wider world. It will deal with subjects including the invention of commodities futures markets, the mythologies of capitalism, the creation of the souvenir industry and the history of flowers and gardening. The book will be illustrated with examples of 19th century Chinese "export art".
Gokhale said: “Invisible Hand will allow Amitav’s readers to travel with him on the journey he took while writing the Ibis Trilogy. It will be an important and far-reaching commentary on the shift in global power paradigms.”
The new novel will be published at a later date.
Ghosh said: “Penguin Random House has published the Ibis Trilogy and my backlist with great success and I am very pleased that my relationship with the house is to continue. I look forward to working with Meru Gokhale and her team over the next few years.”
Gaurav Shrinagesh, c.e.o. of Penguin Random House India, said: “It has been our privilege at Penguin Random House to have been Amitav’s publishers over the last fifteen years and we are delighted to continue our partnership on this remarkable trio of books. We are hugely looking forward to bringing these books to his avid fanbase as well as creating new Amitav readers.”
Ghosh's work has received numerous accolades including France's Prix Médicis étranger for The Circle of Reason (John Murray) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Calcutta Chromosome (John Murray). Sea of Poppies (John Murray) was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize and River of Smoke (John Murray) was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize.