A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel Of Fevers, Delirium And Discovery By Amitav Ghosh Online. Book Details: Language: English Published Original Language. The Calcutta Chromosome This novel has been described as “a kind of mystery thriller” (India Today). It brings together three searches: the first is that of an.

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Who knows where I might have “discovered” myself after that. Ghosh’s quaint lack of imagination about the future is only appropriate, because the focus of the book is on the past.

Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice. This was the second book by Amitav Ghosh that I took to read. The steps of Ross’ discovery were also remarkably fortuitous: Now amktav works from home, linked up by computer, doing drudge work.

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery by Amitav Ghosh

To the best of my knowledge, cerebral malaria is there, but malaria doesnot cause prolonged or long lasting hallucination 3. Murugan, who got himself transferred to Calcutta hoping to locate the special ‘chr A very interesting read, and surprisingly not what you’d expect from writer Ghosh, especially if you’ve read most of his books like me.

And while there is pain in torture, some people like me enjoy such things. Antar is in the US, and what is this “Ava” for? Ghosh writes beautifully and the settings really came alive for me. But the narrative proceeds with a sense of vagueness attached to it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If Peter Weir’s movie The Last Wave aka Black Rain were set in India and involved the study of malaria, and you threw in a little Stanislaw Lem, and you stuck it all into a set of Russian nesting dolls, you might end up with something like The Calcutta Chromosome.

Am avut o imagine formata in urma modului in care s-au derulat evenimentele si directia in care a mers actiunea in ultimele pagini, autorul intervenind si complicand, de neinteles, cu un cadru final, intregul peisaj. Syphilis, malaria, mosquitos, pigeons and clay images all play a part.


His research is presented through a narrative which swings back and forth in time. But perhaps, despite all of it, it’s too complex. Jan 26, Gopi Ganesan rated it it was amazing.

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery

It is a fast and engaging read with complex plots and characters. It is this enigma that the novel leaves behind as an abiding theme. At the calcuttaa, I really wanted to bang my head against the book. For instance, I was left wondering at one point when the horror backstory of Phulboni appeared out of nowhere and it seemed like a deliberate attempt to insert a short story which the author might have prepared for publication in a vhosh magazine.

When, in the course of his daily routine, Ant discovers something he thought was long put to rest, it leads to the uncovering of his ex-colleague Murugan’s unbelievable saga as he traveled through Calcutta, chasing a hunch. Oct 01, Sowmya rated it liked it. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night. The reader is forced to keep thinking about it much after turning the last page.

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So I now fill it up with nonsence describing the previous nonsence, thankfully not in a never ending loop. Too bad, but at least there’s some decent entertainment along the way.

I kept on making out some sense of the book until I was hugely put off by the ghost train. The Calcutta Chromosome started well with successive occurrences, which kept me glued to the pages, and then the mishap happened! These native Indians provided Ross with clues in the belief that in the moment Ross made his discovery, the parasite would change its nature.

Want to Read saving…. My take on this book is a four star. Published January 23rd by Harper Perennial first published It’s sort of a scientific thriller, but then again, is it?

This was my first Ghosh book and it left a sour taste in my mouth. Premesso questo, decidiamo di classificarlo come “narrativa speculativa” e andiamo avanti. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. But I really liked what I think? Given the genre of the book, I don’t know whether questioning them is right or not. View all 9 comments. While that might sound like a medical mystery you wouldn’t care about, the tale is far from it because what it leads to is the Calcutta Chromosome, a freak chromosome that is neither inherited from, or transmits to a gene pool!


It’s more like a cave with multiple caverns and passages than like an onion.

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Quite unusual like his other books I read far. Jun 23, Shubhi Agarwal rated it liked it. Strikingly, the known facts about Ross are presented in a new light – making it a mystery about his discovery – it made me think how all flashes of brilliance are mysterious, like how Archimedes said “eureka! It did some really ingenious things, and I can tell the author was thinking about a lot when he wrote it. I think I will have to muse a bit more about the significance of Antar as the only boy who escaped the rare outbreak of malaria in Egypt who is the “one” they seek as their perfect discoverer for perfect discovery.

He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan. The premise I am at a loss trying to write down what exactly I felt after reading this book. Inlantuirea evenimentelor si secretivitatea excesiva ce invaluie actiunea impreuna cu modul in care interactioneaza personjele m-au facut sa ma simt intr-un Cod al lui da Vinci, insa dintr-o cu totul alta perspectiva.

Much of the novel, and many of the stories are entertaining, and for most of the way it is a quick, compelling read. Dec 14, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: This is accomplished partly by the historic parts in the novel with the mystical components of eastern India being utilized.