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The Calcutta Chromosome is one of those books that's marketed as a mainstream thriller even though it is an excellent science fiction novel (It won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award). The main character is a man named Antar, whose job is to monitor a somewhat finicky computer that sorts through mountains of information. When the computer finds something it can't catalog, it brings the item to Antar's attention. A string of these seemingly random anomalies puts Antar on the trail of a man named Murugan, who disappeared in Calcutta in 1995 while searching for the truth behind the discovery of the cure for malaria. This search for Murugan leads, in turn, to the discovery of the Calcutta Chromosome, which can shift bits of personality from one person to another. That's when things really get interesting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ghosh's latest novel, after the accaimed The Shadow Lines (LJ 5/1/89), is part medical thriller, part science fiction, and part literary conspiracy novel, but entirely readable.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was curious to see how a celebrated literary fiction writer pulls off a genre fiction novel. I must say I have mixed feelings about the outcome. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Papyrus Reviews
The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh is easily one of the most discomforting reads I’ve ever encountered. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mycie8
Great Condition. This was for my son's college course. I ended up reading the whole book. I loved it!!!!!!! Another good reading.Published 16 months ago by Joanne Dalton
I loved the mix of mystery, science and science fiction. Ghosh is a master of the subcontinent's family sagas and here he extends his grasp to another genre. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Helena Clift
There's a great scope to this book. It constantly keeps you trying to connect the dots and leaves you with an ambiguous sense of much larger forces. Arrived on time.Published 19 months ago by Dan
The Calcutta Chromosome is the third novel by Indian author, Amitav Ghosh. Egyptian-born Antar, an employee of the International Water Council sits working from home in his New... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cloggie Downunder