Jhumpa Lahiri to a New Level of Artistic Achievement with “Whereabouts” | Jhumpa Lahiri
Exuberance and fear, attachment and estrangement: with his new novel “Whereabouts”, Jhumpa Lahiri extends his themes to the limit.
The woman at the center oscillates between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to forge lasting bonds. The city she calls home, the endearing backdrop of her days, acts as a confidante: the sidewalks around her house, parks, bridges, squares, streets, shops, cafes.
We follow her to the swimming pool she frequents and to the train station which sometimes takes her to her mother’s house, mired in desperate loneliness after her father’s untimely death. In addition to coworkers, where she never feels quite comfortable, she has girlfriends, boyfriends and “him”, a shadow who consoles and disturbs her. But in the one-year arc, as one season gives way to the next, transformation awaits.
One day at the sea, both submerged and replenished by the vital heat of the sun, his point of view will change. This is the first novel she wrote in Italian and translated into English. He overflows with the impulse to cross barriers. By grafting on to a new literary language, Lahiri pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement.
Commenting on the publication of his book, Jhumpa Lahiri said, “I am very grateful to Meru Gokhale and everyone at Penguin Random House India for following me on my creative journey and for publishing this new novel, born out of my love of a new language. ”
Meru Gokhale, Editor, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, said: “Jhumpa Lahiri is that rare writer who can effortlessly conjure the details of time and space with austere and minimal prose, saying so much while saying so. little. His new novel is a true literary event, and we are delighted to publish it. ”
Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: “Interpreter of Maladies”, “The Namesake”, “Unaccustomed Earth” and, more recently, “The Lowland”. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN / Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.