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Ghosh to discuss Geniza project

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 101 McCormick Hall
Amitav Ghosh, one of the most widely known Indians writing in English today, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Ghosh will discuss "The Making of 'In an Antique Land': India, Egypt and the Cairo Geniza," referring to his 1992 book for which he did much of his research through the Princeton Geniza Project. The Princeton project is part of a global effort to catalog and computerize items from the Cairo Geniza, a repository of Jewish documents discovered in the 1890s. "In an Antique Land," set in Egypt and India, tells the story of a 12th-century Jewish trader and his Indian slave, whose records were discovered among the letters and other documents of the Cairo Geniza.

Ghosh's works also include the novels "The Circle of Reason," "The Shadow Lines," "The Calcutta Chromosome," "The Glass Palace" and "The Hungry Tide." His novels have won several prestigious awards in Europe and India.

Ghosh's talk is the 30th annual Carolyn Drucker Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies. This talk initially was scheduled last year but was postponed.

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