Jhumpa Lahiri - Author

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri has been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but is currently teaching in New York. She has published her fiction in various US journals including the New Yorker, and has won several US prizes for her work.

 

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Featured books by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland

The Lowland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2013

Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass - as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India - their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate across continents and seep through the generations that follow.  

Other books by Jhumpa Lahiri

Mit anderen Worten

Mit anderen Worten

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2017

Die amerikanische Bestsellerautorin Jhumpa Lahiri ("e;Das Tiefland"e;, "e;Einmal im Leben"e;) hat ein gewagtes Experiment unternommen. Als Sprecherin zweier Sprachen, Englisch und Bengalisch, machte sie sich auf, eine dritte so gut zu lernen, dass sie sie nicht nur flieend sprechen, sondern sogar darin schreiben konnte: das Italienische. Dies ist die Geschichte eines kulturellen und linguistischen Abenteuers. Mit zwei Sprachen wuchs Jhumpa Lahiri auf: In der Familie wurde Bengalisch gesprochen, Lesen und Schreiben lernte sie auf Englisch in den USA. In beiden Sprachen fhlte sie sich nie ganz beheimatet. Doch dann, whrend einer Florenzreise 1994 - eine jhe, wildeAffre mit dem Italienischen, einer Sprache, die neue Freiheit, Abenteuer und Unabhngigkeitverhie Doch gleich wurden die jungen Liebenden wieder getrennt: Lahiri kehrte zurck nach New York, und jahrelang hielten nur ein kleines Lexikon in ihrer Handtasche sowie der knappen Lebenszeit abgerungene Privatstunden bei wechselnden Lehrerinnen die Flamme am Brennen. Bis sie 2013 - ihr Leben als freie Schriftstellerin machte es mglich - Hals ber Kopf mit der gesamten Familie nach Rom zog. Und nun wurde aus Leidenschaft Lebensernst Dies ist ein sehr persnliches Buch, die przise Auseinandersetzung einer Schriftstellerin mit einer Fremdsprache, die langsam zur eigenen Sprache wird, und mit einem Land, das ihre neue Heimat werden soll. Italien! Rom! Die Geschichte! Die Lebensart! Zugleich berhrt es groe Fragen: Heimat, Identitt, was ist das berhaupt, woraus entsteht es? Lahiri tauchte so tief in die Fremdheit der neuen Sprache und Kultur ein, bis sie in der Lage war, ihr erstes Buch auf Italienisch zu schreiben. Hier ist es - im tiefsten Sinne des Wortes eine Liebesgeschichte.

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Scintillating studies in yearning and exile from a Bengali Bostonian woman writer of immense promise. A couple exchange unprecedented confessions during nightly blackouts in their Boston apartment as they struggle to cope with a heartbreaking loss; a student arrives in new lodgings in a mystifying new land and, while he awaits the arrival of his arranged-marriage wife from Bengal, he finds his first bearings with the aid of the curious evening rituals that his centenarian landlady orchestrates; a schoolboy looks on while his childminder finds that the smallest dislocation can unbalance her new American life all too easily and send her spiralling into nostalgia for her homeland... Jhumpa Lahiri's prose is beautifully measured, subtle and sober, and she is a writer who leaves a lot unsaid, but this work is rich in observational detail, evocative of the yearnings of the exile (mostly Indians in Boston here), and full of emotional pull and reverberation.

The Clothing of Books

The Clothing of Books

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, the covers become a part of me.

In Other Words

In Other Words

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterwards, true mastery had always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decided to move to Rome with her family, for `a trial by fire, a sort of baptism' into a new language and world. There, she began to read and to write - initially in her journal - solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

In Other Words

In Other Words

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2017

On a post-college visit to Florence, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri fell in love with the Italian language. Twenty years later, seeking total immersion, she and her family relocated to Rome, where she began to read and write solely in her adopted tongue. A startling act of self-reflection, In Other Words is Lahiri's meditation on the process of learning to express herself in another language-and the stunning journey of a writer seeking a new voice.

Clothing of Books

Clothing of Books

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2017

How do we judge a book cover? Are book covers like the clothing that wechoose to wear? What do they say about us? And what is it like to have yourclothing selected for you? These are the questions at the heart of this thoughtfulmeditation on the art of the book jacket, from acclaimed, bestselling authorJhumpa Lahiri. Exploring her relationship with covers--both as a writer and as areader--Lahiri probes the complex relationship between text and image, authorand designer, art and commerce. From her lasting affection for the specificeditions of classic works she read in college to the shock of seeing one of her ownjackets unfaithfully adorning a different book, Lahiri analyzes what jackets meanto her, what happens when they don't seem right, and how, sometimes, 'thecovers become a part of me, and I identify with them.'

Clothing of Books

Clothing of Books

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2016

How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, ';the covers become a part of me.'

Clothing of Books

Clothing of Books

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2016

How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, ';the covers become a part of me.'

In Other Words

In Other Words

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debutan ';honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.' Kirkus Reviews (starred) In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love storyof a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for ';a trial by fire, a sort of baptism' into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to writeinitially in her journalsolely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.Read by the Author, in both English and the original ItalianFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Hell-Heaven

Hell-Heaven

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2015

Pranab Chakraborty was a fellow Bengali from Calcutta who had washed up on the shores of Central Square. Soon he was one of the family. From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, a staggeringly beautiful and precise story about a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the impossibilities of love, and the unanticipated pleasures and complications of life in America. ';Hell-Heaven' is Jhumpa Lahiri's ode to the intimate secrets of closest kin, from the acclaimed collection Unaccustomed Earth. An eBook short.

Hell-Heaven

Hell-Heaven

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' SelectionPranab Chakraborty was a fellow Bengali from Calcutta who had washed up on the shores of Central Square. Soon he was one of the family. From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, a staggeringly beautiful and precise story about a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the impossibilities of love, and the unanticipated pleasures and complications of life in America. ';Hell-Heaven' is Jhumpa Lahiri's ode to the intimate secrets of closest kin, from the acclaimed collection Unaccustomed Earth. An eBook short.

Das Tiefland

Das Tiefland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2014

Nach sechs Jahren meldet sich die Autorin der wunderbaren Liebesgeschichte "e;Einmal im Leben"e; mit einem neuen Roman zuruck:Am Rande eines mit Wasserhyazinthen berwucherten, zu Monsunzeiten unter Wasser stehenden Tieflands in einem Vorort von Kalkutta wachsen die Brder Subhash und Udayan Mitra auf. Sie sind unzertrennlich, aber auch sehr verschieden. Beide interessieren sich fr Wissenschaft und Politik. Aber Subhash, der Pflichtbewusste, entzieht sich den wirren politischen Verhltnissen der sechziger Jahre und zieht in ein ruhiges Kstenstdtchen in den USA, um sich dort der Wissenschaft zu widmen. Udayan hingegen lsst sich mit militanten Maoisten ein und riskiert alles fr seinen Traum von einer gerechteren Welt, sogar sein Leben... Aber als Subhash erfhrt, was seinem Bruder in jenem mit Hyazinthen berwucherten Gewsser zugestoen ist, kehrt er nach Indien zurck, um die Wunden zu heilen, die Udayan, nicht zuletzt im Herzen seiner jungen, schwangeren Frau, geschlagen hat. Es entspinnt sich ein mitreiendes familires Drama ber Kontinente und Generationen... Dieser faszinierende Roman war in den angelschsischen Lndern ein groer Bestseller. Lahiris Kunst liegt in der Verbindung von weiter Perspektive mit intimster persnlicher Geschichte. Sie ist eine literarische Meisterin, eine der faszinierendsten und erfolgreichsten Autorinnen in den USA von heute. "e;Eine beeindruckende Ballade von Liebe, Verlust und Tod."e; The New York Times

The Lowland

The Lowland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2014

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014 SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013 From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass - as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India - their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him.

The Lowland

The Lowland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2014

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014 SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013 From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass - as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India - their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him.

Lowland

Lowland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

National Book Award FinalistShortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death. Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayancharismatic and impulsivefinds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behindincluding those seared in the heart of his brother's wife. Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.From the Hardcover edition.

Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2008

From the internationally bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand.In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But hes harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair hes keeping all to himself. In A Choice of Accommodations, a husbands attempt to turn an old friends wedding into a romantic getaway weekend with his wife takes a dark, revealing turn as the party lasts deep into the night. In Only Goodness, a sister eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish, and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. And in Hema and Kaushik, a trio of linked storiesa luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love, and fatewe follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome.From the Compact Disc edition.

Namesake

Namesake

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2007

Jhumpa Lahiris Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along a rst-generation path strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2000

Pulitzer-winning, scintillating studies in yearning and exile from a Bengali Bostonian woman of immense promise. A couple exchange unprecedented confessions during nightly blackouts in their Boston apartment as they struggle to cope with a heartbreaking loss; a student arrives in new lodgings in a mystifying new land and, while he awaits the arrival of his arranged-marriage wife from Bengal, he finds his first bearings with the aid of the curious evening rituals that his centenarian landlady orchestrates; a schoolboy looks on while his childminder finds that the smallest dislocation can unbalance her new American life all too easily and send her spiralling into nostalgia for her homeland... Jhumpa Lahiri's prose is beautifully measured, subtle and sober, and she is a writer who leaves a lot unsaid, but this work is rich in observational detail, evocative of the yearnings of the exile (mostly Indians in Boston here), and full of emotional pull and reverberation.

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