In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Twenty years ago, American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, well-known for her fantastic debut novel The Namesake and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies, fell in love with Italian. It happened suddenly, but her obsession never relented. She went to Italy, took classes of Italian with different teachers, dutifully did … Continue reading In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal: empowering women through writing (and erotic tales)

"Nobody eavesdrops an old lady chatter. To them it's all one buzzing noise. They think we're discussing our knee pain and funeral plans." This remark, made by one of the sassy old ladies that people Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, is both funny and profound, for it speaks, as does the novel, of a social phenomenon … Continue reading Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal: empowering women through writing (and erotic tales)

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri: accidents, immigration and identity

My balcony, my cherries and I just finished reading for the second time Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel, The Namesake. Although this second reading has revealed some flaws in the novel (minor inconsistencies, some events I found difficult to believe in), it has left me the same sweet and melancholy feeling than when I first read … Continue reading The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri: accidents, immigration and identity