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Letter from a historian

June 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (4)

[posted with the writer’s permission]


From: Sunil Amrith
Subject: re: River of Smoke
Date: Thursday, 16 June, 2011, 9:52 AM

re: River of Smoke


Dear Amitav Ghosh,

I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed River of Smoke: it brought me the greatest pleasure and illumination.

I am currently trying to write a history of the Bay of Bengal, for Harvard University Press, and I am coming to realise just how much my imagination of the region has been shaped by characters and episodes from your writing. As it happened I was just writing a chapter on the early Indian migrants to Singapore when I read those magnificent scenes in River of Smoke set there – I found them most evocative.

I was sorry to miss your recent talks in London, I was travelling at the time, it would have been wonderful to hear you read from River of Smoke.

With all good wishes



Dr Sunil Amrith

Department of History, Classics & Archaeology

Birkbeck College, University of London

30 Russell Square

London WC1B 5DQ


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