Book Name:- The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Author Name:- Amitav Ghosh
Are we distracted? One of India’s eminent writers, Amitav Ghosh, argues that future generations may well think so. How else can we explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In this groundbreaking return to non-fiction, Ghosh examines our failure at the level of history, literature, and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.
The extreme nature of today’s climate events makes them especially resistant to the contemporary imagination. In fiction, hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too doubtful for the novel and are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications. Ghosh recommend that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral retribution rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit politics and culture to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all forms. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable serves as a brilliant writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.