In Other Words is at heart a love story: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. In 2012 she decided to move to Rome with her family, for 'a trial by fire, a sort of baptism' into a new language and world. Presented in a dual-language format, In Other Words is a book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Nabokov. It is a surprising, powerful and eloquent book.
Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia for In altre parole.