Amitav Ghosh's books include The Calcutta Chromosome and The Glass Palace. His latest novel, Sea of Poppies, will be available in the U.S. in the fall.
Two exchanges from his brief Q & A with Anna Metcalfe for the Financial Times:
What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?Read the full interview.
Upamanyu Chatterjee’s The Mammaries of the Welfare State. I found a laugh on every page while I was on the plane from India to Australia.
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What novel would you give your own child to introduce them to literature?
I’ve given them so many and they never read them! I’d give them science fiction – Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001.