by Jhumpa Lahiri
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The name’ is the story of a grown-up Indian boy from America.”When her grandmother learned from Ashima’s pregnancy, she was particularly delighted with the prospect of naming the family first sahibAnd so, Ashima and Ashoke agreed to put the decision to name the baby out of the way until a letter arrives.For now, the label on his hospital bed simply reads BABY GARÇON GANGULI.But as time passes and still no letter arrives from India, the American bureaucracy takes over and demands that “baby boy Ganguli’ be given a name”.In panic, his father decided to nickname him “Gogol’ after his favourite writer.Like an Indian in the American suburbs, Gogol Ganguli soon finds himself itching to set aside his clumsy name, as if he aspires to leave behind them the values inherited from his parents Bengali.And so, he sets out again on his own path in life, a path dotted with a conflict of loyalty, love and loss of life.Covering three decades, and crossing continents, Jhumpa Lahiri is long awaited first novel is a triumph of humanity to tell a story.Elegant, subtle and moving,’ The name’ is for everyone who has loved the clarity, sympathy and grace of Lahiri is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, early history of the collection,’ Interpreter of Diseases’.
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