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The Namesake

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Works by Lahiri


Interpreter of Maladies (1999)
The Namesake (2003)
Unaccustomed Earth (2008)
The Lowland (2013)


"Cooking Lessons: The Long Way Home" (6 September 2004, The New Yorker)
"Improvisations: Rice" (23 November 2009, The New Yorker)
"Reflections: Notes from a Literary Apprenticeship" (13 June 2011, The New Yorker)

Interviews with Lahiri

Interview with Melissa Block on National Public Radio, August 2003.
Lahiri reads excerpts from The Namesake and discusses naming convention in Indian culture, the narrative structure of the novel, and its universal themes.

Interview in The Atlantic, April 2008.
Lahiri discusses the process of writing, her literary influences, and the vulnerability of being a writer.

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