The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

  title={The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable},
  author={Amitav Ghosh},
"Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability at the level of literature, history, and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today's climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of… Expand
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