Amitav Ghosh: The Calcutta Chromosome

(1427 words)
  • John Thieme (University of East Anglia)

The Calcutta Chromosome interweaves a network of traces – from the history of malaria research, theological movements generally deemed to be heretical in the West, and slightly futuristic computer technology inter alia – to provide the possibility of an alternative subaltern history, which exists in parallel with colonial history as an equally – or possibly more – potent epistemological system, albeit one which has traditionally operated through silence. The main narrative of the novel involves a re-examination of the history of late nineteenth-century malaria research by a possibly deranged Calcutta-born man named Murugan, who is convinced that Ronald Ross, the British scientist who was awarded the 1902 Nobel …

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Thieme, John. "The Calcutta Chromosome". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 March 2003
[, accessed 07 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English
  2. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand