Sea of Poppies

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 0143066153

Category: Slave trade

Page: 515

View: 1030

Sea of Poppies is a stunningly vibrant and intensely human work that confirms Amitav Ghosh's reputation as a master storyteller. At the heart of this epic saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean to the Mauritius Islands. As to the people on board, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval in the mid-nineteenth century, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed village-woman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited European orphan. As they sail down the Hooghly and into the sea, their old family ties are washed away, and they view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers, who will build whole new lives for themselves in the remote islands where they are being taken. It is the beginning of an unlikely dynasty.

Das mohnrote Meer

Roman

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641113628

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

View: 2336

Wie ein großer Vogel gleitet das stolze Segelschiff den Ganges hinauf. Diti, die auf den Feldern am Flussufer für Englands Opiumhandel schuftet, kann sich die Vision nicht erklären. Hat das Schicksal ihr ein Zeichen gesandt? Sie flieht nach Kalkutta, wo die »Ibis«, ein ehemaliges Sklavenschiff, bereits auf sie zu warten scheint. Mit den anderen Passagieren hat die junge Frau nur eines gemeinsam: Sie alle müssen Indien und ihr bisheriges Leben für immer hinter sich lassen. Historienepos, Gesellschafts- und Abenteuerroman zugleich.

Die Flut des Feuers

Roman

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 364119993X

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

View: 2998

Ein schillerndes Epos über die Welt am Rande einer Zeitenwende. 1839: Nachdem China den vornehmlich von den Briten und deren Kolonien betriebenen Handel mit Opium nicht mehr dulden will, erklärt ihm Großbritannien den Krieg. Die Hind ist eines der Schiffe, die bei einem Angriff zum Einsatz kommen sollen, und segelt zu diesem Zweck von Bombay nach China. An Bord ist unter anderem Kesri Singh, ein Kommandant der britisch-ostindischen Armee, der eine Kompanie Soldaten befehligt; außerdem Zachary Reid, ein verarmter junger Seemann, der auf der Suche nach seiner verlorenen Liebe ist, und Shirin Moddie, die in China die Hinterlassenschaft ihres verstorbenen Mannes, eines Opiumhändlers, an sich nehmen will. Sie alle geraten schon bald in die Wirren der Opiumkriege, die in Chinas verheerender Niederlage und in der Annektierung Hongkongs durch Großbritannien enden werden. Eine vor Atmosphäre und Detailfreude flirrende, spannende und berührende Geschichte vor der Kulisse Indiens und Chinas, mit der Amitav Ghosh sein großes historisches Panorama über die Opiumkriege, die eine frühe Ära der Globalisierung markieren, fulminant vollendet.

Der rauchblaue Fluss

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641096634

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

View: 1236

Ein monumentaler Roman über Ruhm und Leid in einer frühen Ära der Globalisierung Kanton 1838. Über den sagenumwobenen Perlfluss gelangen Glückssucher und Abenteurer aus aller Welt in die chinesische Hafenstadt: Für den jungen Maler Robin Chinnery ist die pulsierende Metropole der ideale Zufluchtsort, um den Heiratsplänen, die seine Mutter für ihn hat, zu entkommen. Der britische Botaniker Fitcher Penrose ist in Begleitung seiner jungen Assistentin Paulette unterwegs nach Kanton, um dort nach einer geheimnisvollen Kamelienart zu suchen, der wahre Zauberkräfte zugesprochen werden. Und der indische Kaufmann Bahram Modi erhofft sich mit der größten Ladung Opium, die er je von Kalkutta nach Kanton transportiert hat, das Geschäft seines Lebens. Es sieht so aus, als würden die Dinge gut für ihn anlaufen, denn man beruft ihn in die Kantoner Handelskammer. Doch dann beginnen die autoritätseinflößenden Mandarine den ausländischen Kaufleuten auf den Leib zu rücken, denn der chinesische Kaiser will den Handel mit Opium verbieten. Und plötzlich stehen alle Zeichen auf Krieg ... Ein schillerndes Epos, ein entlarvender Blick auf die Ursprünge unseres Wirtschaftssystems und eine Verbeugung vor der chinesischen Kulturgeschichte, betörend und spannend zugleich.

Shooting Up

Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs

Author: Vanda Felbab-Brown

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815704508

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

View: 6975

Most policymakers see counterinsurgency and counternarcotics policy as two sides of the same coin. Stop the flow of drug money, the logic goes, and the insurgency will wither away. But the conventional wisdom is dangerously wrongheaded, as Vanda Felbab-Brown argues in Shooting Up. Counternarcotics campaigns, particularly those focused on eradication, typically fail to bankrupt belligerent groups that rely on the drug trade for financing. Worse, they actually strengthen insurgents by increasing their legitimacy and popular support. Felbab-Brown, a leading expert on drug interdiction efforts and counterinsurgency, draws on interviews and fieldwork in some of the world's most dangerous regions to explain how belligerent groups have become involved in drug trafficking and related activities, including kidnapping, extortion, and smuggling. Shooting Up shows vividly how powerful guerrilla and terrorist organizations — including Peru's Shining Path, the FARC and the paramilitaries in Colombia, and the Taliban in Afghanistan — have learned to exploit illicit markets. In addition, the author explores the interaction between insurgent groups and illicit economies in frequently overlooked settings, such as Northern Ireland, Turkey, and Burma. While aggressive efforts to suppress the drug trade typically backfire, Shooting Up shows that a laissez-faire policy toward illicit crop cultivation can reduce support for the belligerents and, critically, increase cooperation with government intelligence gathering. When combined with interdiction targeting major traffickers, this strategy gives policymakers a better chance of winning both the war against the insurgents and the war on drugs.

Lügennest

Promise Falls I

Author: Linwood Barclay

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 342643721X

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 4335

Bestsellerautor Linwood Barclay ("Ohne ein Wort") ist zurück! "Lügennest" bildet den Auftakt seiner neuen "Promise Falls"-Trilogie: Drei Thriller, die sich mit den Abgründen einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt beschäftigen, deren Mitbewohner auch nicht vor Mord zurückschrecken... Für Promise Falls sieht es düster aus. In der Kleinstadt an der US-Ostküste gibt es kaum Perspektiven – und vor allem keine Jobs. Auch die Zeitung von Reporter David Harwood ist pleite, trotzdem steckt er seine Nase weiterhin in Sachen, die ihm merkwürdig vorkommen. Wie zum Beispiel in diese Geschichte mit dem Baby. Seine Cousine Marla schwört, ein Engel habe es ihr gegeben. Aber es sieht eher so aus, als hinge alles mit einem brutalen Mord am anderen Ende der Stadt zusammen. Und das ist nicht der einzige Abgrund, der sich in Promise Falls auftut. Linwood Barclay ist "ein wahrer Spannungsmeister." Stephen King

Philosophy and Literature in Times of Crisis

Challenging our Infatuation with Numbers

Author: Michael Mack

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623568455

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 5164

Highlighting literature and philosophy's potential impact on economics, health care, bioethics, public policy and theology, this book analyses the heuristic value of fiction. It alerts us to how we risk succumbing to the deceptions of fiction in our everyday lives, because fictional representations constantly feign to be of the real and claim a reality of their own. Philosophy and literature disclose how the substantive sphere of social, economic and medical practice is sometimes driven and shaped by the affect-ridden and subjective. Analysing a wide range of literature-from Augustine, Shakespeare, Spinoza and Deleuze to Kafka, Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, W. G. Sebald and Jonathan Littell-Michael Mack rethinks ethical attitudes towards the long or eternal life. In so doing he shows how philosophy and literature turn representation against itself to expose the hollowness of theologically grand concepts that govern our secular approach towards ethics, economics and medicine. Philosophy and literature help us resist our current infatuation with numbers and the numerical and contribute towards a future politics that is at once singular and diverse.

The Indian English Novel of the New Millennium

Author: Prabhat K. Singh

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443852147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 9921

The Indian English Novel of the New Millennium is a book of sixteen pieces of scholarly critique on recent Indian novels written in the English language; some on specific literary trends in fictional writing and others on individual texts published in the twenty-first century by contemporary Indian novelists such as Amitav Ghosh, Kiran Desai, Aravind Adiga, K. N. Daruwalla, Upamanyu Chatterjee, David Davidar, Esterine Kire Iralu, Siddharth Chowdhury and Chetan Bhagat. The volume focuses closely on the defining features of the different emerging forms of the Indian English novel, such as narratives of female subjectivity, crime fiction, terror novels, science fiction, campus novels, animal novels, graphic novels, disability texts, LGBT voices, dalit writing, slumdog narratives, eco-narratives, narratives of myth and fantasy, philosophical novels, historical novels, postcolonial and multicultural narratives, and Diaspora novels. A select bibliography of recent Indian English novels from 2001–2013 has been given especially for the convenience of the researchers. The book will be of great interest and benefit to college and university students and teachers of Indian English literature.

Georg Lukacs: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence

Aesthetics, Politics, Literature

Author: Timothy Bewes,Timothy Hall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441121080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 4480

The end of the Soviet period, the vast expansion in the power and influence of capital, and recent developments in social and aesthetic theory, have made the work of Hungarian Marxist philosopher and social critic Georg Lukács more vital than ever. The very innovations in literary method that, during the 80s and 90s, marginalized him in the West have now made possible new readings of Lukács, less in thrall to the positions taken by Lukács himself on political and aesthetic matters. What these developments amount to, this book argues, is an opportunity to liberate Lukács's thought from its formal and historical limitations, a possibility that was always inherent in Lukács's own thinking about the paradoxes of form. This collection brings together recent work on Lukács from the fields of Philosophy, Social and Political Thought, Literary and Cultural Studies. Against the odds, Lukács's thought has survived: as a critique of late capitalism, as a guide to the contradictions of modernity, and as a model for a temperament that refuses all accommodation with the way things are.

Seven Flowers

And How They Shaped Our World

Author: Jennifer Potter

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782390375

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 3381

The lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid. Seven flowers: seven stories full of surprise and secrets. Where and when did these flowers originate? What is the nature of their power and how was it acquired? What use has been made of them in gardens, literature and art? These are both histories and detective stories, full of incident, unexpected revelations, and irony. The opium poppy, for example, returned to haunt its progenitors in the West; and while Confucius saw virtue and modesty in his native orchids, the ancient Greeks saw only sex. These are flowers of life and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild. All seven demonstrate the enduring ability of flowers to speak metaphorically - if we could only decode what they have to say. Please click on this link to view the full reference notes to Seven Flowers: http://atlantic-books.co.uk/content/notes-seven-flowers

River of Smoke

Ibis Trilogy

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848545177

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 4526

'As hypnotic as an opium dream and pretty unputdownable' Daily Mail In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton? And what fate befell those aboard the Redruth, a sturdy two-masted brig heading East out of Cornwall? Was it the storm that altered their course or were the destinies of these passengers at the mercy of even more powerful forces? On the grand scale of an historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together. All struggle to cope with their losses - and for some, unimaginable freedoms - in the alleys and crowded waterways of 19th century Canton. As transporting and mesmerizing as an opiate induced dream, River of Smoke will soon be heralded as a masterpiece of twenty-first century literature.

Ein Elefant für Inspector Chopra

Kriminalroman

Author: Vaseem Khan

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843714002

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 408

Am Tag seiner Pensionierung stolpert Inspector Chopra gleich über zwei mysteriöse Ereignisse: Das erste ist der rätselhafte Fall eines ertrunkenen Jungen, dessen Tod niemanden zu kümmern scheint. Die zweite Überraschung ist ein Babyelefant. Chopra nimmt sich beider an. Ohne seine Polizeimarke, dafür aber mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung von Elefantenbaby Ganesha, sucht er jeden Winkel Mumbais nach dem Mörder des Jungen ab. Er muss bald feststellen, dass sowohl an seinem Fall als auch an seinem neuen Schützling mehr dran ist, als es auf den ersten Blick scheint.

Space and Conversion in Global Perspective

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004280634

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2656

Space and Conversion in Global Perspective examines conversion in connection with spatial setting, mobility, and interiority. The approach is global and encompasses multiple religions. Conversion emerges as a powerful force of early modern globalization.

From Tobruk to Borneo

Author: Frank G. Perversi

Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing

ISBN: 1921719761

Category: Soldiers

Page: 201

View: 782

So far, Paul Keating is the only Australian Prime Minister to provide star material for a musical comedy. Who can imagine any of the others doing that? Even before he became Prime Minister, Keating had made a name for himself as someone who could dominate Parliament with his rapid and cutting ripostes. Nobody was safe, not even people on his own side of politics. Ask 'Old Silver'. In Vintage Keating, Brian Carroll has found and arranged enough of Keating's utterances to keep you chuckling (or clucking your tongue) for a long time. The book begins with a short biography of Keating, just to put it all in context. Then there's a long parade of his wit, and his wisdom, of which there was plenty, but which too often tends to be overlooked. Being rejected by the electors did not stop him, and the book contains examples of his wit and wisdom right up to the end of 2009.

Hunger der Gezeiten

Roman

Author: Amitav Ghosh,Barbara Heller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896672032

Category:

Page: 459

View: 637

Eine Reise voller Unwägbarkeiten in eine der gefährlichsten und gefährdetsten Regionen der Erde Die Sundarbans in der Bucht von Bengalen - der gigantische Archipel wird nur geboren, wenn das Wasser fällt: ein unbesiedelbares Land der Ebbe, zusammengehalten von den graugrünen Wurzeln der Mangroven, beherrscht von Bengalischen Königstigern. Schon seit Jahrzehnten setzen sich westliche Tierschutzorganisationen für den Erhalt der gefährlichen Raubkatzen ein und haben deshalb in den Sundarbans das "Projekt Tiger" ins Leben gerufen. Auf Kosten der Menschen - so sehen das zumindest die Bewohner der Inselwelt, die jährlich rund hundert von Tigern gerissene Opfer zu beklagen haben. Für sie ist jeder, der eine Großkatze erlegt, ein Held. Die amerikanische Meeresbiologin Piya ist in diesen gefährlichen Archipel gekommen, um Delfine zu erforschen. Der Fischer Fokir beeindruckt sie tief durch sein Gespür für das Wasser, denn er kann sie zu den nur schwer auffindbaren Delfingründen rudern. Während er seine Krebsnetze auswirft, beobachtet sie die stahlgrauen Tiere - und dabei finden die beiden zueinander, ohne Worte, denn sie sprechen keine gemeinsame Sprache.

Indian and Chinese Immigrant Communities

Comparative Perspectives

Author: Jayati Bhattacharya,Coonoor Kripalani

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783084472

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 8531

This interdisciplinary collection of essays offers a window onto the overseas Indian and Chinese communities in Asia. Contributors discuss the interactive role of the cultural and religious ‘other’, the diasporic absorption of local beliefs and customs, and the practical business networks and operational mechanisms unique to these communities. Growing out of an international workshop organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong, this volume explores material, cultural and imaginative features of the immigrant communities and brings together these two important communities within a comparative framework.