HarperCollins Publishers announces The Living Mountain A Fable for Our Times by Amitav Ghosh


‘A new story by internationally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh, The Living Mountain is a cautionary tale of how we have systematically exploited nature, leading to environmental collapse.

Told like a dream, it is a fable about Mahaparbat, the Living Mountain; the native inhabitants of the valley who live and prosper in its shelter; the assault on the mountain for commercial purposes by the Anthropoi, humans whose sole purpose is to reap the benefits of nature; and the resulting disaster.

The Living Mountain is particularly relevant today, as we fight a pandemic and face a climate catastrophe: both are the product of our insufficient understanding of humanity’s relationship with nature, and of our appropriation and our continued abuse of natural resources. It is a book of our time, for our time, and it will resonate strongly with readers of all ages.

Amitav Ghosh said, “Some time ago I was asked to contribute to a volume of essays on climate change and the Anthropocene, by many of the world’s authorities on these subjects. All I could find is a short story, and to my surprise the pundits were very happy, perhaps because this is an aspect of our ongoing planetary crisis that is rarely discussed. I am delighted that HarperCollins India is publishing this story , The Living Mountain, as a standalone book, e-book, and audiobook. I am also delighted that it is simultaneously released in a Hindi translation.

Oudayan Mitraexecutive editor, says, At Amitav Ghosh new book The Living Mountain (Mahaparbat in the Hindi edition) is a modern fable, a cautionary tale, an unforgettable tale of how humans try to use natural resources without understanding nature at all. In a few thousand words, Amitav has beautifully captured the deadly combination of ignorance, aspiration, greed and display of false power that has led to much of the environmental crisis we see around us; The wonderful illustrations of Devangana Dash allow for a very interesting interaction between words and images. The Living Mountain (Mahaparbat) is a story of our time, for our time. We are delighted to release this very special book under our prestigious Fourth Estate brand, and in multiple editions: English, Hindi, eBook and Audiobook. I can not wait The Living Mountain (Mahaparbat) to reach the hands of readers!

About the Author:

Amitav Ghosh is born in Kolkata in 1956, and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; he studied in delhiOxford and Alexandria. He is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction, including shadow lines, The glass palace, the hungry tidethe Ibis Trilogy, Gun Island, The Great Upheaval, Curse of the Nutmeg and name of the jungle.

At Amitav Ghosh the work has been translated into more than thirty languages. His essays appeared in the New Yorkerthe New Republic and the New York Times. He has been awarded and honored around the world for his work. In 2019, Foreign Police magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the past decade. In the same year, the Jnanpith Award, india the highest literary distinction was conferred on him: he was the first writer in the English language to receive it.

About HarperCollins Editors India:

HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , Tata Literature Live! Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Prize, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Harvard University Press, Gallup Press, Oneworld, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet. HarperCollins India is now the recipient of five Publisher of the Year awards – in 2021 and 2015 at the Publishing Next Industry Awards, and in 2021, 2018 and 2016 at Tata Literature Live. HarperCollins India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers.

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