An Indian anthropologist, writer and journalist, he is one of the leading figures in contemporary Indian literature. Considered one of the greatest living Indian writers, he was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied at Oxford and currently divides his time between his home town and New York. The subjects closest to his heart and that are often central in his speeches include anthropology, climate change and the environment, and the socio-political culture of modern India and South-East Asia. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages and he writes for newspapers such as “The New Yorker”, “The New Republic” and “The New York Times”. In Italy, with Neri Pozza, he has published: Il paese delle maree (2005), Circostanze incendiarie (2006), Il Palazzo degli specchi (2007), Mare di papaveri (2008), Il cromosoma Calcutta (2008), Lo schiavo del manoscritto (2009), Il fiume dell’oppio (2011), Diluvio di fuoco (2015), La grande cecità (2017) e L’isola dei fucili (2019).