AMITAV GHOSH CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME PDF

The net was buzzing with mosquitoes; he could see them dancing like motes, in the finger of light that bisected his bed. His whole body was aflame, covered with bites. He had been scratching himself furiously in his sleep; he could see blood on his fingernails, and on the sheets. In his native Calcutta, malaria is a malady as familiar as the common cold, albeit more sinister.

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Like Ghosh's other novels, The Calcutta Chromosome is merging different genres-science, history, magic, realism, thriller, detective and ghost story. This novel also stresses more on science; it is, indeed, a science fiction.

On the surface of the narrative, it indulges in the historical discovery of Roland Ross's record of his experimentations in Calcutta. Ross acquired the Nobel-Prize for his discovery of the life-cycle of malaria. However, Ghosh refutes the colonial narrative; he, therefore, re-writes the history of malaria research, as he gives the subalterns more value in his narrative.

It is a real postcolonial discourse, which is unlike the Eurocentric paradigm; it is also a reversal of the roles, since the novelist focuses more on the oppressed rather than on their oppressors. In this sense, Ghosh says: "It follows then that the reason why I- and many others who have written of such events- are compelled to look back in sorrow because we cannot look ahead" The Imam and the Indian, In The Calcutta Chromosome, Mangala is a sweeper- here at the bottom of the social pyramid; and Latchman is a dolly-bearer.

Both of them come at the lowest ladder of Hindu caste system. It is, however, that the two characters have been pushed to the centre-stage of narrative. It is, in fact, a postcolonial novel in its framework. Tabish Khair writes: "What Ghosh does seek to do- and largely succeeds in doing- is to depict the Coolies the subaltern, in general term as occupying a space" The Calcutta Chromosome constitutes as Ghosh's scientific travelogue in which he writes back to the hegemonic discourse of science from the margins of his postcolonial status.

In this work he particularly probes deep into the scientific archives, navigating through memories, newspapers, and letters in order to shed light on the marginal figures who have been contributing to the scientific discovery and yet have been excluded from the records.

In pushing the silenced towards the centre and giving them main concern over the conventional, Ghosh's postcolonial fiction unsettles the authority of the metropole. He achieves his goal by using the journey-motif which becomes an essential part in almost all his fictioal and non-fictional works.

In this regard, Rukmini Bhaya Nair remarks: "Postcolonial criticism has been called travelling theory The very logic of its name seems to commit the postcolonial novel to Author: M. Date: Annual Document Type: Critical essay. Length: 1, words. Access from your library This is a preview. Get the full text through your school or public library. Source Citation Rudramuni, M. Accessed 5 June

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The book, set in s Calcutta and New York City at some unspecified time in the future, is a medical thriller that dramatizes the adventures of people who are brought together by a mysterious turn of events. The book is loosely based on the life and times of Sir Ronald Ross , the Nobel Prize —winning scientist who achieved a breakthrough in malaria research in Clarke Award in Ghosh employs a factual background for the invented events in the novel, drawing upon Ross' Memoirs which were published in

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Reviewed by Kritika Goyal. Set in an unspecified time in the future, this medical thriller takes the readers through a wondrous journey of time. The narrative is suffused with science, myth, nihilism, philosophy and superstition. The book is based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Ronald Ross, who did a breakthrough research on malaria in Apart from the fact that Ross discovered the malarial parasite on 20 th August, ; all the other events promulgated in the narrative are fabricated by the author himself. It is his own creation.

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Like Ghosh's other novels, The Calcutta Chromosome is merging different genres-science, history, magic, realism, thriller, detective and ghost story. This novel also stresses more on science; it is, indeed, a science fiction. On the surface of the narrative, it indulges in the historical discovery of Roland Ross's record of his experimentations in Calcutta. Ross acquired the Nobel-Prize for his discovery of the life-cycle of malaria. However, Ghosh refutes the colonial narrative; he, therefore, re-writes the history of malaria research, as he gives the subalterns more value in his narrative. It is a real postcolonial discourse, which is unlike the Eurocentric paradigm; it is also a reversal of the roles, since the novelist focuses more on the oppressed rather than on their oppressors.

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