Author: Jumpa Lahiri
Summary: Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In “A Temporary Matter,” published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.. – Source: Amazon.com
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Author: Amit Chaudhuri
Summary: Chaudhuri guides us through the city where he was born, the home he loved as a child, the setting of his acclaimed novels—a place he now finds captivating for all the ways it has, and, perhaps more powerfully, has not, changed. He shows us a city relatively untouched by the currents of globalization but possessed of a “self-renewing way of seeing, of inhabiting space, of apprehending life.” He takes us along vibrant avenues and derelict alleyways; introduces us to intellectuals, Marxists, members of the declining haute bourgeoisie, street vendors, domestic workers; brings to life the city’s sounds and smells, its architecture, its traditional shops and restaurants, new malls and hotels. And, using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the nineteenth century, when the city burst with a new vitality, and toward the politics of the present, finding a city “still not recovered from history” yet possessed of a singular modernity. Chaudhuri observes and writes about Calcutta with rare candor and clarity, making graspable the complex, ultimately ineluctable reasons for his passionate attachment to the place and its people. – Source: GoodReads
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Stefania Scardigli è nata e cresciuta a Milano, dove lavora come insegnante e formatrice free-lance. Nel 2011a suo marito è stato offerto di andare a lavorare in India. Tenetevi forte: espatriamo! è il libro nato dalla quest’esperienza. Non ricordo come Stefania sia entrata in contatto con Expatclic, ma so che ha generosamente condiviso alcune tappe della sua esperienza di espatrio in India. Ad esempio raccontandoci … Continue reading Tenetevi forte: espatriamo! Recensione
Author: Stefania Scardigli
Summary: E se un giorno decidessimo di lasciare tutto e partire per un altro Paese? La destinazione, una metropoli dell’India del Sud, lascia inizialmente perplessa l’autrice di questo memoir. Ma la curiosità per l’esperienza di espatrio e la voglia di un cambiamento di prospettiva per la propria famiglia hanno la meglio sulle iniziali resistenze.
L’autrice, con uno sguardo divertito, accompagna il lettore nel suo percorso di conoscenza e adattamento tra sorprese quotidiane, incontri insoliti e inciampi culturali. Gradualmente apprezza le peculiarità e si confronta con le bizzarrie di un popolo, un Paese e una cultura lontani da noi, ma poi non così diversi. Fino a scoprire se non la passione, sicuramente l’affetto per il Paese che la ha ospitata. – Source: Amazon.it
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Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Summary: In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices. Source: Goodreads.com
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Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Summary: Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind–including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.
Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic. Source: Goodreads.com
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