'The Nutmeg's Curse' by Amitav Ghosh released

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (PTI) Celebrated writer Amitav Ghosh's new book "The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis", revealing the remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces, was released on Thursday, announced Penguin Random House India (PRHI).

"The story is told through the history of a spice, the now ubiquitous nutmeg. The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation -- of both human life and the natural environment -- and it illustrates how the geopolitical hierarchy that dominates the world today has its foundations in a fundamentally mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force in its own right, full of agency and meaning," said Ghosh, the first English-language writer to be conferred with Jnanpith Award (2018).

The book, written against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, claims to interweave discussions on everything from climate change, the migrant crisis, to the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world.