ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Capitalism, Empire and Climate

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh, Gurgaon, Haryana: Penguin, 2016; pp 284, `399.

This is a deeply concerned meditation in three parts on climate change and its consequences for the world, especially the developing world. Part 1 is a perspective from the point of view of a novelist and literature. Part 2 is about the historical role of empire and colonialism and Part 3 is about current-day political responses (or lack thereof). In each part, capitalism and empire lie at the centre, and in placing them so, Amitav Ghosh is profoundly correct. But he is also deeply mistaken in the distinction he draws between them towards the end of the book.

Climate Change in Literature

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Updated On : 24th May, 2017
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