In Other Words
by Jhumpa Lahiri , Ann Goldstein
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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In Other Words, is a revelationIt is at the heart of a love story of a long and sometimes difficult court, and a passion that borders on obsession: that of a writer for another languageFor Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for the Italian, who first seduced and capsized during a trip to Florence, after collegeAlthough Lahiri studied Italian for many years thereafter, true mastery had always escaped him.Seeking full immersion, she decided to go to Rome with her family, “to the test of fire”, a kind of baptism “in a new language and the worldThere she began to read and write it – first in her diary – only in ItalianIn Other Terms, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer in search of a new voicePresented in a double language format, it is a completely original book of exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity had not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a surprising act of self-reflection and provocation of exploration of belonging and reinvention
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