Jhumpa Lahiri: Interpreter of Maladies

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  • Suparna Banerjee (Independent Scholar - Asia)

Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri’s short-story collection Interpreter of Maladies was first published in 1999 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000. The nine stories in the collection explore migrant experiences across generations and particularly deal with the subtleties and complexities of interpersonal relationships (marital, sexual and societal), the dialectics of interacting cultural identities in the social, familial and mental lives of the characters, and the interaction between (Indian) heritage and (American) modernity.

Interpreter of Maladies, is not, however, narrowly ‘ethnic’ in its appeal: without sentimentality or heavy-handed moralizing, Lahiri brings out a core of …

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Banerjee, Suparna. "Interpreter of Maladies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=25331, accessed 09 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English
  2. Postcolonial Literature - American