Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Lauded author Lahiri wants to write next work in Italian


Rome, September 10 - Pulitzer Prize winning author
Jhumpa Lahiri told ANSA on Tuesday that she would like to write
her next novel in Italian.
"The Italian language is wonderful, powerful. It is a
passion for me. I love to dedicate myself to this language, it
gives me new freedom, it is very exciting," Lahiri said.
"I keep a diary in Italian, I write essays in Italian and
for the last year I only read books in Italian," explains
Lahiri, who currently lives in Rome, in the Trastevere
neighborhood, with her husband and two children.
Lahiri presented her upcoming fiction The Lowland at the
Festivaletteratura Mantova book fair last week, which is
shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
The 46-year-old Indian-American writer said that she loved
being in Italy where she felt "more alive as a person".
Her passion for Italian was born when she was travelling
through Florence more than two decades ago.
"I was 25-26 years old. I had never heard nor spoken
Italian, only Latin. When I heard Italian spoken on the streets
of Florence I had a strong reaction and wanted to learn it
immediately," she said.
Lahiri won the 2000 Pulitzer for her debut short story
collection Interpreter of Maladies, but said that winning a
prize was "more than anything a weight".
"I write for myself and it has to be this way, something
"A book is always a communication with one's inner self,"
she said.

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