The Cambodia Chromosome Character Analysis

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The Calcutta Chromosome was published in 1996. It is generally considered as a science fiction, a medical thriller that has won the prestigious Arthur C. Clark Award in 1996. Gabriele Salvatores, director of Mediterraneo has made a movie on it. The novel has two parts ‘August 20: Mosquito Day’ and ‘The Day After.’ It revolves around Ronald Ross’s discovery of the life cycle of malaria mosquito—Anopheles, and the mysterious background events that led Ross to the final conclusion. “It has science, religion, myth, nihilism, transcendental philosophy, Indian superstitions, logic, rationality and what not” (Tiwari 51). “The literary assets of the book lie in its delving deep into the mysteries created by bio-physical, meta-physical, geo-physical and trans-temporal images and Ghosh gives credibility to our world that contains the voice of logic and illogic, matter and anti-matter, science and anti–science” (Banerjee 125). Martin Kich finds the striking similarity between Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome and Dan Simmons’ first novel The Song of Kali. Simmons’ novel tells us the story of American poet who comes to Calcutta with his wife and baby in the search of Indian writer’s epic poem cycle about the Goddess Kali. When he arrives, he finds that the poet has disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a cult that worships the Goddess Kali. Kich strongly believes that Ghosh has borrowed from this novel. For Kich, The Calcutta Chromosome is something between Gothic novel

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