Interpreter of Maladies

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 22, 2000 - Fiction - 208 pages
388 Reviews
Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.
 

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Review: Interpreter of Maladies / The Namesake

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Brilliant piece of writing. Each story deals with a different aspect of life. The stories are simple and engaging....will make you wonder, 'Hey!! I could have come up with this story...but I didn't.' I would like to call it "A little piece of Bengal" Read full review

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Lahiri is an expert in finding touching moments in ordinary lives. Worth reading. Read full review

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Contents

A Temporary Matter
1
When Mr Pirzada Came to Dine
23
Interpreter of Maladies
43
A Real Durwan
70
Sexy
83
Mrs Sens
111
This Blessed House
136
The Treatment of Bibi Haldar
158
The Third and Final Continent
173
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JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of three books, most recently Unaccustomed Earth. Her debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.

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