UPDATE: IPS book review here:
UPDATE 1: A tweet summary of 'live-tweet' event #TGDLaunch in India on July 19 w Amitav Ghosh and Sunita Narain
UPDATE 2: There *are* 'cli-fi' novels in India! Details of 2015 novel from Indian writer Nilesh Chople titled "Together With You Forever": -
'cli-fi,' or climate fiction...
UPDATE 5: The 'cli-fi' name came to me as I was thinking of ways to raise
awareness of novels and movies about climate change issues. I toyed
with using such terms as ''climafic'' or ''climfic'' or ''clific,''
for the longer term of "climate fiction." But I wanted an even shorter
term that could fit easily into newspaper and magazine headlines. So
using the rhyming sounds of ''sci-fi,'' I decided to go with the
short, simple to say and simple to write "cli-fi". And the short term
caught on worldwide, beginning on April 20, 2013 when NPR radio did a
five-minute radio segment about ''cli-fi.'' That was the beginning of
its global outreach and popularity among academics, literary critics,
journalists and headline writers.
***"Curious, empathetic, compassionate: What we should be as human beings."***
SEE THE ''Cli-Fi ''REPORT:
50+ academic and media links:
The way we humans are dealing with, or not dealing with, climate change appears to be deranged. What will future generations in say, 2116 or 2216, think of those of us in 2016?
Ghosh, a cosmopolitan, globe-trotting public intellectual, is worried. So worried that his hair has turned brilliantly white,
while his eyes burn with a probing yet affable intensity.
There's a reason his book has been subtitled "Climate Change and the Unthinkable," and it's not a pretty picture.
Looking at how novelists and literary circles, geopolitics and academics are reacting to climate change now in the early part of the 21st century, Ghosh has written a brilliant and fearless "wake up call" on global warming that he hopes will reach world leaders and politicians.
In the realm of geopolitics, Ghosh looks at last year's global climate "agreement" signed in Paris and calls foul. Read the fine print, he says. Connect the dots,
There's much to contemplate in this "made in India"
flare to the world, but it's written in
an easy-to-digest style
East or West
,we are all in this together now.
longtime Indian climate activist living in New Zealand, Ghosh's distinctive approach of speaking truth to power packs a punch.
"Coming from a leading Indian author who is widely-read in the West, this book will likely have a major impact in shining a spotlight on global warming issues before a much wider audience," he
told this blog in a recent email. "In addition, a book such as this has the potential to bring together the stories of global warming and climate change from a combination of Indian, South Asian and Western perspectives. So it's invaluable in bridging the gap among nations and why I think the essays need a global audience beyond the India edition."
Originally commissioned by the University of Chicago Press, the essays will be published in a U.S. edition in September with a slightly different cover for Western readers. Until then, the book is in India's hands this summer and is getting plaudits left and right in dozens of the country's newspapers and magazines.
Ghosh, in his 60s with a handsome shock of white hair gracing a usually smiling face, is married to the American writer Deborah Baker. The couple have two grown children and live part of the year in New York and part of the year in India.
With "The Great Derangement," Ghosh has shown himself to be an international climate activist of the literary kind, fearless in attacking both "the powers that be" in his own country and the "business as usual" mantra of the West.
How the book will be received in North America in the fall will be critical in breaking through the fog of climate denialism.
In India, where climate denialists don't actually exist, Ghosh's book has been received with high praise. However, in America and Britain, where denialists are legion and have spit on the truth with unbridled, deranged venom for years, it might be a different story.
Someone might even write a 'cli-fi' novel one day about this "great derangement." It could be explosive.
COMMENT FROM ONE READER IN USA: ''It's sad that Dr Ghosh wants to be proscriptive about what kinds of fiction should be deployed for talking about this subject. ''