En otras palabras / In Other Words

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Una oda al lenguaje y a su inherente poder para definir nuestra identidad y, a la postre, modelar nuestra forma de ser y de relacionarnos.

¿Cómo es posible que me sienta exiliada de una lengua que no es la mía, una lengua que no sé? Tal vez porque soy una escritora que no pertenece del todo a ninguna lengua.
El impacto que supuso para Jhumpa Lahiri el contacto directo con el italiano durante su primera visita a Florencia tras acabar los estudios universitarios fue el comienzo de un largo cortejo que, con el tiempo, se ha convertido en una honda pasión por un idioma que le es extrañamente familiar y que le despierta un irreprimible deseo de aprehenderlo y hacerlo suyo.

El primer libro en italiano de una autora de lengua materna bengalí, pero que siempre ha hablado y escrito en inglés, es el testimonio de un tenaz recorrido de descubrimiento y aprendizaje en pos de un objetivo irracional. Una obsesión que Lahiri compara con el amor no correspondido, porque atesora en sus páginas el fascinante eco de una distancia: la que siempre nos separa del objeto amado.

Así pues, Jhumpa Lahiri plasma con exquisita lucidez la adquisición de un idioma ajeno, describiendo el proceso como un período de transición, de pérdida y liberación, de tensiones y regeneración, que le permite convertirse en una escritora distinta.


From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her.

Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.

Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

This book title, En otras palabras / In Other Words, ISBN: 9788498389319, by Jhumpa Lahiri, published by PRH Grupo Editorial (May 30, 2019) is available in hardcover. Our minimum order quantity is 25 copies. All standard bulk book orders ship FREE in the continental USA and delivered in 4-10 business days.

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