LatestAmitav Ghosh bagged 2024 Erasmus prize

Amitav Ghosh bagged 2024 Erasmus prize

Ghosh bagged 2024 Erasmus prize for writings on climate change. The Erasmus Prize 2024 given to him in recognition of his influential writings addressing the climate issue and the earth.

The esteemed prize, which given out every year by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in the Netherlands, honors outstanding achievements made worldwide in the humanities, social sciences, or arts.

Ghosh, well-known for books like The Great Derangement and The Nutmeg’s Curse, has regularly explored the global catastrophe that is currently unfolding as well as the significant effects of climate change in his writing. From his fictional Ibis trilogy to The Hungry Tide, a story that weaves together marine biology, climate change, and human-animal conflict, themes of nature, mankind, and the complex relationships between the two are prevalent in his body of work.

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, one of Ghosh’s nonfiction projects, examines how politics, colonialism, and climate change intertwined while offering insights on how to approach this pressing problem. Ghosh explores the ownership of natural resources, the exploitation of indigenous tribes, and the underlying themes of colonialism and climate change in his most recent work.

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Ghosh received recognition from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for his dedicated work on the theme of “imagining the unthinkable,” which uses powerful storytelling to illustrate the enormous global problem of climate change. The foundation emphasized Ghosh’s in-depth investigation of how to deal with the existential threat posed by climate change as well as his singular capacity to materialize an uncertain future through gripping historical narratives.

Ghosh’s art is said to provide a solution to the climate catastrophe by presenting it as a cultural issue resulting from a dearth of creativity. Ghosh welcomed the news with a sense of respect and gratitude, expressing how honoured he was to be among the select group of past recipients of the Erasmus Prize, which also included Trevor Noah, A.S. Byatt, and Barbara Ehrenreich.

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