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A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery. Amitav Ghosh, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (p) ISBN . From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped .

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Lutchman, Laakan, Lucky seems to be the god Lakshmana, the younger brother of Ram – who follows by Ram’s side as a chroomsome companian for fourteen years on his journey in exile.

But the real crime is the plot. Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice. Apr 19, Shamim E.

The Calcutta Chromosome

The story careens back and forth between some unspecified future time in New York, in Calcutta, in Alexandria, in Renupur and the s in Calcutta.

At this point, a new variant of malaria would emerge and the group’s research using the chromosome-transfer technique would advance even further.

The ending was not convincing enough for me. The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise.

This could mean that the three men – Ronald, Morgan and Antar – then unwittingly playing the role of Ram. There are the events leading up to Murugan’s disappearance inwhich include his discussions with Antar and then his adventures in Calcutta.


And it did not feel too much justified to all the journeys I undertook with the characters. Sep 09, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. Articles from Annals of Neurosciences are provided here courtesy of Karger Publishers. Calcutta Chromosome is, simply put, a sci-fi book. In essence, a truly intriguing and interesting read. This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat calcutha The one good thing that’s come out of my having sat through this is, I now know a thing or two about mosquitoes, parasites and Ronald Ross.

The text is tight and keeps you glued.

Few things were over the top and go unexplained. Daca punctul de pornire are radacini puternic ancorate in realitate, continuarea este o adevarata opera de fictiune structurata sub forma de cadre, ce sunt prezentate succesiv, intr-o alternare continua, actiunea mutandu-se in timp inainte si inapoi.

And there are the events from the late 19th century, as the malaria-discoveries are being made these events are largely — and confusingly — related by Murugan, though often based on accounts and letters from that time. Oct 01, Sowmya rated it liked it. The middle layers are mystery and historical fiction. But the narrative proceeds with a sense of vagueness attached to it. Too bad, but at least there’s some decent entertainment along the way.

Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Jul 11, Parvathi rated it really liked it. He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn. Ghosh does bring them together, but not nearly as nicely as one might hope.


I particularly enjoyed the section where author Phulboni experiences the apparition of Lakhan and the station master at the ghost rail station of Renupur. Was it the fact that contrary to my usual style of writing reviews I took a lot at other reviewers and find them creating interpretations for the web spun for this tale?

The narrative is suffused with science, myth, nihilism, philosophy and superstition. View all 3 comments.

Amitav Ghosh : The Calcutta Chromosome

Murugan was obsessed with Ronald Ross, who had received the Nobel Prize in for his work on malaria. Ora, cosa succede in questo futuro non meglio specificato e in questa frenetica Calcutta? However, because Ghosh keeps all the science strictly to the unreliable Murugan, it seems acceptable or at least pardonable – even when it is utter nonsense, we can take it as a man’s eccentricities and carry on in the ride he has created for himself. He calls it ‘The Calcutta chromosome’.

The book starts with a man, Antar, working on his super smart computer, Ava, and finding an ID card on screen which belonged to a person he knew. Ghosh writes reasonably well, but not particularly so at least in this novel: Do they predate Antar by centuries or decades?