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The Nutmeg's Curse Parables for a Planet in Crisis [Audiobook]

The Nutmeg's Curse Parables for a Planet in Crisis [Audiobook]
The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (Audiobook)
English | ASIN: B09V6PKFYZ | 2022 | 10 hours and 12 minutes | [email protected] kbps | 272 MB
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Narrator: Sam Dastor

In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins of our contemporary climate crisis in Western colonialism's violent exploitation of human life and the natural environment. A powerful work of history, essay, testimony, and polemic, Amitav Ghosh's new book traces our contemporary planetary crisis back to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean. The Nutmeg's Curse argues that the dynamics of climate change today are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism.


At the center of Ghosh's narrative is the now-ubiquitous spice nutmeg. The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation-of both human life and the natural environment. In Ghosh's hands, the story of the nutmeg becomes a parable for our environmental crisis, revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials such as spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels. Our crisis, he shows, is ultimately the result of a mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force of its own, full of agency and meaning.



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