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The Hungry Tide

Ghosh Amitav

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Houghton Mifflin Company


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(Ravi Dayal-India)

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Titolo originale

The hungry tide

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Lingua - language - langue


The Hungry Tide  

Between the sea and the plains of Bengal, on the easternmost coast of India, lies an immense archipelago of islands. Some are vast and some no larger than sandbars; some are vast and some no larger than sandbars; some have lasted through recorded history while others have just washed into being. These are the Sundarbans. Here there are no borders to divide fresh water from salt, river from sea, even land from water from salt, river from sea, even land from water. Here, for hundreds of years, only the truly dispossessed braved the man-eating tigers and the crocodiles who rule there, to eke a precarious existence from the mud. Here, at the beginning of the last century, a visionary Scotsman founded a utopian settlement where peoples of all races, classes and religions could live together.

The settlers of the Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery labyrinth will never return. It is the arrival of Piyali Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and of Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Delhi businessman, that disturbs the delicate balance of settlement life. Kani has returned to the islands on the request of his aunt, a local figure, for the first time since the death of his uncle, a political radical who die mysteriously in the aftermath of a local uprising. When Piya, who is on the track of the rare river dolphins, hires Fokir, an illiterate but proud local man to guide her through the back waters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn.

Amitav Ghosh has discovered another new territory, summoning a singular, fascinating place, another world, from its history and myth and bringing it to life. Yet The Hungry Tide also explores another and far more unknowable jungle: the human spirit. It is a novel that asks at every turn: what man can take the true measure of another?

The Hungry Tide is a remarkable book, a whirlwind work of the imagination, as epic in its scope and ambition as Amitav Ghosh's previous, widely-acclaimed novels.


Ghosh has established himself as one of the finest prose writers of his generation of Indians writing in English.
-Financial Times

A distinctive voice, polished and profound.
-Times Literary Supplements

I cannot think of another contemporary writer with whom it would be this thrilling to go so far, so fast.
-The Times

Table of Contents

The Ebb: Bhata

The Flood: Jowar



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Recensione in altra lingua (English):

The Hungry Tide is a very contemporary story of adventure and unlikely love, identity and history, set in one of the most fascinating regions on the earth. Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For settlers here, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake. In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people from different worlds collide. Piya Roy is a young marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare, endangered river dolphin. Her journey begins with a disaster, when she is thrown from a boat into crocodile-infested waters. Rescue comes in the form of a young, illiterate fisherman, Fokir. Although they have no language between them, Piya and Fokir are powerfully drawn to each other, sharing an uncanny instinct for the ways of the sea. Piya engages Fokir to help with her research and finds a translator in Kanai Dutt, a businessman from Delhi whose idealistic aunt and uncle are longtime settlers in the Sundarbans. As the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters, they are drawn unawares into the hidden undercurrents of this isolated world, where political turmoil exacts a personal toll that is every bit as powerful as the ravaging tide. Already an international success, The Hungry Tide is a prophetic novel of remarkable insight, beauty, and humanity.

Recensione in altra lingua (Français):

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught in various Indian and American universities. He is the author of a travel book and two novels. He has written for Granta, the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Observer. His earlier books include The Circle of Reason (1986), The Shadow Lines (1988), In An Antique Land (1993), The Calcutta Chromosome (1996), Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma (1998), and Countdown (1999), and 'The Glass Palace'. Of of Year 2001 He lives in New York.


Ghosh Amitav

Amitav Ghosh è nato a Calcutta nel 1956. È cresciuto in Bangladesh (allora Pakistan orientale), Sri Lanka, Iran e India. Dopo essersi laureato all’Università di Delhi, ha studiato antropologia sociale a Oxford. È scrittore e antropologo e sicuramente uno dei più conosciuti autori indiani in lingua inglese. Prima di pubblicare il suo primo romanzo ha frequentato la facoltà di Arti all’Università di Alessandria e ha lavorato come giornalista per Indian Express. Con Il cerchio della ragione ha vinto il prestigioso Prix Médicis Etranger e con Le linee d’ombra il Sahitya Akademi Award, il più prestigioso premio letterario indiano. Cromosoma Calcutta ha ottenuto nel 1997 l’Arthr Clarcke Award e Il palazzo degli specchi ha vinto il premio internazionale per la fiction alla Fiera di Francoforte. Oltre ai romanzi Amitav Ghosh ha scritto numerosi saggi di antropologia che gli hanno meritato il Pushcart Prize.

Il cerchio della ragione, Garzanti 1986 (ried. Einaudi, 2002)
Le linee d’ombra, Einaudi, 1990
Lo schiavo del manoscritto, Einaudi, 1993
Il cromosoma Calcutta, Einaudi, 1996
Estremi Orienti, Einaudi, 1998
Il palazzo degli specchi, Einaudi, 2001
Il paese delle maree, Neri Pozza, 2005
Circostanze incendiarie, Neri Pozza, 2006
Mare di papaveri, Neri Pozza, 2008

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Consulta anche: Official Website