Gun Island is the 10th novel by the Jnanpith Award winner Amitav Ghosh after the Iblis Trilogy which reimagined the opium wars. gun Island is a climate fiction which is a fine blend of Bengali folklore, a historical link between India and Venice, climate change and refugee crisis.
Deen Datta is a rare book dealer traveling to islands ‘constantly being swallowed by the sea’. It is those trips that help him discover and ponder upon the status of refugees and climate change. The characters he meets en route runs parallel to the changing surrounding around him. The protagonist and his journey is a constant reminder of his past. The people around him also awakens him to the realities of growing up in a modern age. Their interactions alter Deen’s individual sensibilities and throw light on aspects he hasn’t thought about before.
Life is strange as it is but the strangeness holds a meaning, is what Gun Island is about.