Review of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide, by Murray Waldren in the Weekend Australian Review, sept 4-5:

For him, the whole excitement lies not in ‘writing only about what I know but writing as a form of inquiry, an exploration or expedition into the unknown.'”


“But although the political is very real in a personal sense, ‘it is not the main thrust in my work. What concerns me more is what part of our lives we can rescue from politics – it has become so completely invasive and predatory. The most important question now is not where we stand politically but what the content of our private life is. Our minds seem to be so invaded by the collective in terms of imagery, in film and books that there is no space for the individual interior.'”

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