In Other Words

Ann Goldstein, Jhumpa Lahiri

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published: 9th Feb '17


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SKU: 9781408866139

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_______________ ‘A passionate love letter to language and to Italy … a bold and quirkily engaging self-portrait’ – Lee Langley, Spectator ‘A writer of uncommon elegance and poise’ – New York Times ‘A fascinating account of her linguistic exile’ – Erica Wagner, Harper’s Bazaar _______________ In Other Words is a revelation. It 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. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterwards, true mastery had always eluded her. 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. There, she 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, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

Additional information

Weight 0.19 kg
Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 256