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From the best-selling writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, a robust nonfiction debut—an “honest, attractive, and intensely relocating account of a author looking for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
In different phrases is a revelation. it's at center a love story—of a protracted and infrequently tricky courtship, and a fondness that verges on obsession: that of a author for an additional language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was once for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her in the course of a visit to Florence after university. even if Lahiri studied Italian for a few years later on, real mastery constantly eluded her.
Seeking complete immersion, she makes a decision to maneuver to Rome together with her family members, for “a trial by way of fireplace, a type of baptism” right into a new language and international. There, she starts off to learn, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In different Words, an autobiographical paintings written in Italian, investigates the method of studying to specific oneself in one other language, and describes the adventure of a author looking a brand new voice.
Presented in a dual-language layout, it is a utterly unique booklet approximately exile, linguistic and in a different way, written with an depth and readability now not visible considering the fact that Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.