Penguin Books India has announced the acquisition of three new books from internationally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh. The deal includes two new works of non-fiction, The Great Derangement and Invisible Hand, and an as yet untitled novel. The rights were acquired by Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing at Penguin Random House in India, from Sarah Chalfant at The Wylie Agency.
The first book to be published is titled The Great Derangement, and is based on Amitav Ghosh’s recently delivered Berlin Family Lectures at the University of Chicago. Part memoir, part analytical essay, it is also an extended reflection on the history of the carbon economy and the politics of global warming. The Great Derangement will be published in 2016.
“The Great Derangement will be the culmination to Amitav’s long-term exploration of the tumult unleashed by climate change. This is a timely and urgent book which will change the way we think about our relationship with nature,” Gokhale said.
Invisible Hand: China and the Making of My World will be at once a travelogue, memoir and an essay in history, drawing on ten years of archival research, and charting the influence of China in the wider world. It will deal with subjects as diverse as the invention of commodities futures markets, the mythologies of capitalism, the creation of the souvenir industry and the history of flowers and gardening. The book will be extensively illustrated with examples of 19th century Chinese ‘export art’.
The new novel will be published at a later date.