In Other Words


  • Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-13: 9780670088898
  • Pages: 204
  • Binding: Hard Binding
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016


About The Book

In Other Words is at heart a love story—of a writers passion for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery eluded her. So in 2012, she decided to move to Rome where 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. It is a book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Nabokov. A startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

About The Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.