In 2016, Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh shed a whole new light on the climate change catastrophe in his seminal work The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.

Debunking the myths associated with global warming — perpetuated by a colourful cast of characters working to mislead the public — he asked a crucial question: why weren’t writers exploring the escalating threat of climate change? 2015 had been the hottest year on record, highlighting “our collective predicament”, yet “the dominant culture”, he wrote, had exiled the idea of the collective from politics, economics and literature alike...

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