The only writer to get the Jnanpith Award for writing in English, Amitav Ghosh, is out with his new book, The Gun Island. After his acclaimed Ibis trilogy, he returns to fiction with a powerful tale of migration and a world that is constantly changing. Ghosh met Satish Padmanabhan for a conversation. Excerpts:
Your new book is in thriller mode, almost Dan Brownesque, sweeping through continents, from the Sundarbans to Brooklyn to Venice, and there are mysteries, secret symbols and codes. It’s written with frenetic energy, isn’t that a new thing for you to do?
Yes, there was a sense of urgency in writing it. When you look at the state of the world, when we look at the reality that surrounds us, I think it is impossible not to be urgent.
The two important issues the book addresses are climate change and migration. On climate change your book...