Author — Amitabh Ghosh

Genre — Non-fiction

Rating — ****

Summary

Ghosh analyses the relation of climate change to various forms of literature like fiction, history etc.

Here is a bit of what the Univ of Chicago Press says about the book. The complete review at:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo22265507.html

Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, 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, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel;……