The Calcutta Chromosome - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery
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The Calcutta Chromosome - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery (English, Paperback, Ghosh Amitav)

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The Calcutta Chromosome - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery  (English, Paperback, Ghosh Amitav)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780143066552, 0143066552
    • Edition: 2, 2000
    • Pages: 270
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    The Calcutta Chromosome is a thrilling novel that is loosely based on the life of Sir Ronald Ross, who won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries on malaria.

    Summary Of The Book

    When L. Murugan requests to be transferred to Calcutta, he intends on studying the discoveries and the life of renowned scientist Sir Ronald Ross. However, the story takes an unexpected turn with the sudden disappearance of Murugan and a series of seemingly disconnected events.

    Sir Ronald Ross had made a series of path-breaking discoveries on malaria, which had eventually caused him to receive the Nobel Prize. These discoveries were made in Calcutta in the year 1898. A character named Antar is introduced at the start of the novel and this person recounts his meeting with L. Murugan. The sudden disappearance of Murugan is explained to some extent and bears a distinct connection with the mysterious Calcutta Chromosome.

    The Calcutta Chromosome is said to be an elixir that grants eternal life by the transference of chromosomes. The author also gives details about the discoveries made by Sir Ronald Ross but the timelines of all these events are disconnected to a great extent.

    The striking aspect of this novel is the fact that the settings and timelines rarely overlap and this tends to complicate the plot. The novel has earned a great degree of fame for the author.

    About Amitav Ghosh

    The author of this book, Amitav Ghosh, is well-known for his contributions to English Literature.

    Some of the books published by the author include In an Antique Land, The Glass Palace, and The Circle of Reason. The books written by the author have won him several awards, most notably the Prix Medicis etranger, which is one of the most highly esteemed awards for literature in France.

    The author hails from Calcutta, India, and has completed his doctor of Philosophy degree from St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was studying Social Anthropology. In the year 2007, he was given the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. He currently resides in New York along with his spouse and two children. Apart from being an author, the author has also held the position of a lecturer at Queens College, City University of New York, where he has taught comparative literature. Apart from that, he has also been teaching literature at Harvard University, from time to time.

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    • Penguin
    Publication Year
    • 2000
    Awards
    • Arthur C Clarke
    Award Year
    • 1997
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    • Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, and has taught at a number of institutions. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis trilogy, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and The Hindu Literary Prize in 2011. The first of the trilogy, the bestselling Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Ghoshs other works include The Circle of Reason (Prix Mdicis tranger Award), The Shadow Lines (Sahitya Akademi Award), In an Antique Land, The Calcutta Chromosome (Arthur C. Clarke Award), Dancing in Cambodia and Other Essays, Countdown, The Glass Palace (Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-books Awards), The Imam and the Indian and The Hungry Tide (Best Work in English Fiction, Hutch Crossword Book Award). In 2007 he was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize and in 2010 the Dan David Prize.Amitav Ghosh currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.Books by Amitav GhoshMore
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    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    A Good read

    good read, an enjoyable mix of ghost story, medical thriller and science fiction..leads us through the streets of calcutta , through different time zones..its been quite long since i last enjoyed a book written by an Indian author..
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    Raghavendra Rao

    Feb, 2013

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    Amitav tried too hard

    The story started really beautifully and kept me engrossed till the end (almost). Every story needs to have answers at the end but this one didn't. Disappointed!!! as the author left me seeking answers which he too did not have an answer to or even if he has them they were so complicated that it wasn't meant for a general understanding. The City of Joy has been painted beautifully thou. But to be honest I am disappointed.
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    Shaan

    Apr, 2013

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    Interesting begining but looses tempo.

    It's a science fiction set in history and in future, however most of the story happens in 1990s.

    Author has been able to create the mystique atmosphere. The book is very interesting in the beginning but the same level of interest is not maintained till the end. The end, which should take the story to crescendo, seems abrupt. I thought that author could have made the last section of the book more interesting.

    You have to read the book carefully and with attention so as not to miss important...
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    Mandar

    Dec, 2014

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    5

    Nice Book

    Although its a Birthday gift for one of my friend but before packing it in for birthday rap, i read first few pages and it is a nice book. Dont worry i will borrow it from her later to read.
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    Rohit Chhatry

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    Pretty good

    Amitav Ghosh is an absolute genius. Born and brought up in Kolkata, this was all the more enjoyable. As for the condition of the book, it could've been better. The edges were a bit pushed inwards.
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    Arijit Gayen

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    5

    Perfect product!

    As usual, I got timely delivery. The book was in a very decent condition. Good packaging. Thanks to Flipkart!
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    Biswajit Das

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    5

    Must buy!

    Wonderfully delineated
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    5

    Best in the market!

    good book
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    Nabanita Mondal

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    Aug, 2019

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    Really Nice

    nice book...delivery is awesome
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    5

    Fabulous!

    great book!
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    Supriti Das

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