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Can fiction take on climate change?

An award-winning writer tackles the environmental crisis

By Jon Day   October 2019

Amitav Ghosh returns to the Sundarbans in Gun Island, his latest novel. Photo: © Zvonimir Atleti, Alamy Stock Photo

Despite the increasing acknowledgement that we are living through a man-made climate crisis, argued Amitav Ghosh in his acute and engaging work of eco-criticism The Great Derangement (2016), this has not fully registered in literature. When climate change has become a subject for novelists, it has mostly been addressed in the form of speculative fiction (Ghosh cites JG Ballard and Margaret Atwood as outriders of the burgeoning sub-genre of “cli-fi”) or…

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