At the Heart of It Lies a Plant: A Travelogue, a Memoir and an Excursion into History
Amar Farooqui
SMOKE AND ASHES: A WRITER’S JOURNEY THROUGH OPIUM’S HIDDEN HISTORIES by By Amitav Ghosh Fourth Estate, Gurgaon, 2023, 397 pp., INR 699.00
March 2024, volume 48, No 3

The third novel of Amitav Ghosh’s highly acclaimed Ibis trilogy, Flood of Fire, was published in 2015. It is somewhat unusual for a novelist to offer reflections on the central themes of a literary trilogy, and the processes whereby it has been produced.

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