Interpreter Of Maladies By Jhumpa Lahiri
The book, Interpreter Of Maladies, unlike other books of Jhumpa Lahiri, is a collection of nine interesting and intricate short stories. One of the stories is titled Interpreter of Maladies, after which the book is named. The book was published in 1999. It has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemmingway/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The book has more accolades to its credit and few worth mentioning are that it was chosen as the New Yorker’s Best Debut of the year and is on Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Book List.
Jhumpa Lahiri in this book weaves beautiful tales of those people who were born in India and later moved to America and their turmoil of clutching on their traditions and ways of lives, while getting caught up in the new world experience of the US. Each of the stories have been written in such a manner that it is bound to touch the heart of the readers for the sheer simplicity in which very sensitive aspects have been included by the author. One such emotion is marriage and the various nuances associated with it. There is love, betrayal, longing, sorrow, ambition and a yearning of the various immigrant protagonists to hold on to their roots, while being in a foreign land and trying to imbibe the ways of living thereof.
Jhumpa Lahiri, who has many other reknowned books to her credit, is an Indian-American author. In this book, she creates nine poignant short stories, relating the Indian immigrant experience, connecting the tales and creating one voice for them. The stories share a sadness of being separated from one’s family or motherland by thousands of miles, yet also offer a glimpse of hope for their lives in India or the United States.
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