Prime News, National, Literature, New Delhi, December 15:- Acclaimed English author Amitav Ghosh is named as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith award. He is the first English author to be honoured with the award for outstanding contribution to literature.
He’s reacted to it on twitter saying he’s ‘honoured and humbled.’
In a statement, Bharatiya Jnanpith announced that Amitav Ghosh is a path- breaking novelist and in his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways.
The decision was taken at a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray.
Ghosh, one of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, is known for a series of novels such as “Shadow Lines,” “The Glass Palace,” “The Hungry Tide,” and Ibis Trilogy — “Sea of Poppies,” “River of Smoke,” and “Flood of Fire” — chronicling the Opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)