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Interpreter of Maladies

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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.

Review:

"Lahiri's touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia." Publishers Weekly

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"[Lahiri] announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice....She is a writer of uncommon elegance and poise...a precocious debut." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"[P]olished and resonant....Moving and authoritative pictures of culture shock and displaced identity." Kirkus Reviews

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"One of Lahiri's gifts is the ability to use different eyes and voices. Readers who enjoy these stories should also appreciate the work of Bharati Mukherjee and G. S. Sharat Chandra." Mary Ellen Quinn, Booklist

Review:

"Dazzling writing....Simply put, Lahiri displays a remarkable maturity and ability to imagine other lives....[E]ach story offers something special. Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies will reward readers." USA Today

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"Lahiri's language is uncluttered; she's sparing with metaphor, and the riches accumulate unobtrusively." Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

Review:

"[A]side from her eloquence, there are two things...that make this a stunning literary debut. One is her spectactular ability to portray characters who are unassuming....The other is her talent for making stories featuring these same characters remarkably suspenseful." New York Newsday

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"[Lahiri] breathes unpredictable life into the page, and the reader finishes each story...wishing he could spend a whole novel with its characters. There is nothing accidental about her success; her plots are as elegantly constructed as a fine proof in mathematics." Caleb Crain, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2000 Pulizer Prize, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, and The New Yorker's best Debut of the Year Award. Her first novel, The Namesake, will be released in September, 2003.

Table of Contents

A Temporary Matter

When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine

Interpreter Of Maladies

A Real Durwan

Sexy

Mrs. Sen's

This Blessed House

The Treatment Of Bibi Haldar

The Third and Final Continent

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Rachel Coker, October 14, 2010 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
What a wonderful read! Great insights into human nature and especially the experience of Indian immigrants in America. The last story, "The Third and Final Continent," made me cry. It also filled me with hope for the many talented graduate students from India with whom I work every day. This selection is part of my plan to get caught up on winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it did not disappoint!
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Shannon Kirkpatrick, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by Shannon Kirkpatrick)
This may be a slim volume of short stories, but packed into each one is a full-scale human drama. I found these stories extremely satisfying; some were gripping and poignant, others a bit wry and funny, but all of them were both full of feeling and extremely relatable. Thank you to the friend who gave this to me on my birthday, since this is one of the best books I have read - period.
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Cindergirl3, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by Cindergirl3)
This book is one of my favorites of all time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395927205
Author:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
East Indian Americans
Subject:
Indic fiction
Subject:
East Indian Americans -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
June 1, 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.18x5.68x.53 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 208 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780395927205 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lahiri's touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia."
"Review" by , "[Lahiri] announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice....She is a writer of uncommon elegance and poise...a precocious debut."
"Review" by , "[P]olished and resonant....Moving and authoritative pictures of culture shock and displaced identity."
"Review" by , "One of Lahiri's gifts is the ability to use different eyes and voices. Readers who enjoy these stories should also appreciate the work of Bharati Mukherjee and G. S. Sharat Chandra."
"Review" by , "Dazzling writing....Simply put, Lahiri displays a remarkable maturity and ability to imagine other lives....[E]ach story offers something special. Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies will reward readers."
"Review" by , "Lahiri's language is uncluttered; she's sparing with metaphor, and the riches accumulate unobtrusively."
"Review" by , "[A]side from her eloquence, there are two things...that make this a stunning literary debut. One is her spectactular ability to portray characters who are unassuming....The other is her talent for making stories featuring these same characters remarkably suspenseful."
"Review" by , "[Lahiri] breathes unpredictable life into the page, and the reader finishes each story...wishing he could spend a whole novel with its characters. There is nothing accidental about her success; her plots are as elegantly constructed as a fine proof in mathematics."
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