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Interpreter of Maladies (1999) [Collection]
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The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. A blackout forces a young Indian American couple to make confessions that unravel their tattered domestic peace. An Indian American girl recognizes her cultural identity during a Halloween celebration while the Pakistani civil war rages on television in the background. A latchkey kid with a single working mother finds affinity with a woman from Calcutta who, among other things, is struggling to learn to drive. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession.

Imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, these stories speak with passion and wisdom to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner. Like the interpreter of the title story, Lahiri translates between the strict traditions of her ancestors and a baffling new world.


  • A Temporary Matter
  • When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine
  • Interpreter of Maladies
  • A Real Durwan
  • Sexy
  • Mrs. Sen's
  • This Blessed House
  • The Treatment of Bibi Haldar
  • The Third and Final Continent

Original title: Interpreter of Maladies
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant

The following works are contained within this one:
     Temporary Matter, a (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     This Blessed House (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Treatment of Bibi Haldar, the (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Interpreter of Maladies (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Third and Final Continent, the (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Real Durwan, a (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Sexy (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
     Mrs. Sen's (1999) [Short Story]
      Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Edition #1: Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies (1999)
Awards: Pulitzer Prize: Fiction (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Interpreter of Maladies (June 1999)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Boston, MA
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 9780395927205
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.1 x 0.6
Pages: 198

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Interpreter of Maladies (1999)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Flamingo
ISBN: 9780006551799
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.7 in
Pages: 199

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