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At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers.
Amitav Ghosh, geb. 1956, ist ein bekannter indischer Autor von Romanen und Sachbüchern. „Each scene is boldly drawn, but it is the sheer energy and verve of Ghosh’s storytelling that bind this ambitious medley.“ (The Daily Mail) (332 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 529 Seiten noch günstig?