Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide

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  • John Thieme (University of East Anglia)

Unlike all of Ghosh’s previous works, The Hungry Tide (2004) is set in a single place, the Sundarbans, or “tide country”, region of West Bengal, a unique landscape of mangrove-forested islands and mudflats at the mouth of Ganges Delta. The novel includes numerous quotations from the Duino Elegies and Rilke’s belief that “life is lived in transformation” (Elegy 7) is central to Ghosh’s representation of the area. He accentuates the extent to which the Sundarbans undergoes constant metamorphoses, both because of daily tidal flows, with sections of land being temporarily submerged and with seawater and freshwater intermingling, and because of the periodic devastation wrought …

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Thieme, John. "The Hungry Tide". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2007
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