[Culture] Book Club: "Roman Stories" by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • 09/11/2023
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles



Full Circle Book Club
hosted by Eleonora Balsano

Roman Stories
by Pulitzer Price winner Jhumpa Lahiri

Culture Thurs 9th Nov / 7:30-9 pm

Monthly meet up to discuss a great read, along with drinks & good company

The first short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and master of the form since her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth.

Rome - metropolis and monument, suspended between past and future, multi-faceted and metaphysical - is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine stories. A family vacation in the Roman countryside told through the eyes of the immigrant caretaker's daughter, a friends' party that goes wrong, a public staircase that tells the story of the Italian capital... 

These are splendid, searching stories, written in Jhumpa Lahiri’s adopted language of Italian and seamlessly translated by the author and by Knopf editor Todd Portnowitz. Stories steeped in the moods of Italian master Alberto Moravia and guided, in the concluding tale, by the ineluctable ghost of Dante Alighieri, whose words lead the protagonist toward a new way of life.


JHUMPA LAHIRI, a bilingual writer and translator, is the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Barnard College (Columbia University). She received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection. She is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, which was a finalist for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in fiction. Since 2015, Lahiri has been writing fiction, essays, and poetry in Italian. Her most recent book in English is a collection of essays entitled Translating Myself and Others, published in Spring 2022 by Princeton University Press.

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