In Other Words | Penguin Random House Canada

In Other Words

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful and eloquent non-fiction debut.
In Other Words is at heart a love story--of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. And although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery had always eluded her. So in 2012, seeking full immersion, she decided to move to Rome with her family, for "a trial by fire, a sort of baptism" into a new language and world.
     In Rome, Lahiri began to read, and to write--initially in her journal--solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, it is a book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Nabokov. A startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

From the Hardcover edition.


Praise for Jhumpa Lahiri:
"In In Altre Parole, Lahiri explains that she wanted to bump up against the limitations of a newly acquired language. To read the text that closes the book is to realize how close, instead, she comes to perfection." L'Espresso
"She is now one of those rare authors whose every publication is an event worth anticipating--and celebrating." Santa Barbara Independent
"I have great respect for Jhumpa Lahiri. Some of her stories, especially, seem to me among the best written by any living author." James Lasdun, The Guardian
"Wonderfully distinctive . . . a writer of uncommon elegance and poise. . . . Lahiri chronicles her characters' lives with both objectivity and compassion." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Jhumpa Lahiri is a literary rock star." The Hindu