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Interpreter of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Narrator, “The Third and Final Continent” s ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination. Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Education Stands for enlightenment and progress but also elitism Food Represents comfort, solace, hospitality, and solidarity Children Represent innocence but also insight and honesty Symbols Common Language Indians speak a number of diverse languages, but Hindi and English are the unofficial common tongues, and many Indian writers choose to write in English. Partition & Diaspora Since Pakistan split from India in 1947, further geographic divisions have displaced millions of Indians, leading to mass emigration. Mosaic of Cultures With thousands of distinct ethnic groups and tribes, India is incredibly diverse, which is both wonderful and complicated. Context Lahiri was born in London, and her family later immigrated to the United States. Interpreter of Maladies, her first published work of fiction, earned her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her works explore the challenges of assimilation and communication from an immigrant’s perspective. JHUMPA LAHIRI BORN 1967 Author Every immigrant must decide how much they want to change in a new country. Assimilation Communication can be difficult even if two people speak the same language. Communication Married life is a different country, and people don’t always adjust well to it. Marriage Lahiri’s collection of stories explores the emotional “maladies” that affect people and their relationships, often through the lens of Indian immigrants’ experiences. Her richly drawn characters face challenges related to loneliness and alienation, assimilation, and miscommunication. Marriage, Communication& Assimilation THEMES English Original Language 1999 Year Published Jhumpa Lahiri Author Interpreter ofMaladies Fiction Short Stories

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