New Delhi: Author Amitav Ghosh has been announced as recipient of the 2018 edition of Jnanpith award, India’s highest literary honour, The Maharashtra Times reported. The award selection committee met in New Delhi on Friday and unanimously agreed to honour Ghosh with award, which is in its 54th edition this year.
Ghosh, 62, is a well-known author who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2007. His books include The Circle of Reason (1986), Shadow Lines (1988), The Calcutta Chromosome(1995) and Sea of Poppies (2008). His latest book, The Great Derangement (2016), is a non-fiction book on climate change.
The Jnanpith award, instituted by the Bharatiya Jnanpith in 1961, is conferred to Indian writers writing in English and Indian languages every year. Earlier awardees include U.R. Anantha Murthy (1994), Mahasveta Devi (1996), Girish Karnad (1998), Nirmal Verma (1999), Shrilal Shukla (2009), Kedarnath Singh (2013) and Krishna Sobti (2017).
I am truly honored and humbled… https://t.co/q9k35TKEwr
— Amitav Ghosh (@GhoshAmitav) December 14, 2018