The Great Derangement
Climate Change and the Unthinkable
(Kindle Edition)

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One of India’s greatest writers, Amitav Ghosh, argues that future generations may well think so. How else can we explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In this groundbreaking return to non-fiction, Ghosh examines our inability—at the level of literature, history and politics—to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.
The extreme nature of today’s climate events makes them peculiarly resistant to the contemporary imagination. In fiction, hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes
simply feel too improbable for the novel and are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications. Ghosh suggests that politics, much like literature, has become a matt er of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit culture and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence—a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all forms.
The Great Derangement serves as a brilliant writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

AuthorAmitav Ghosh
BindingKindle Edition
FormatKindle eBook
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages206
Product GroupeBooks
Publication Date2016-07-12
PublisherAllen Lane
Release Date2016-07-12
StudioAllen Lane
Sales Rank43098

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