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Roman stories / Jhumpa Lahiri ; translated from the Italian by the author with Todd Portnowitz.

Lahiri, Jhumpa, (author,, translator.). Portnowitz, Todd, 1986- (translator.).


"Nine mesmerizing stories saturated in the details of Roman life that showcase Jhumpa Lahiri's extraordinary range and virtuosity"-- Provided by publisher.
Rome--metropolis and monument, suspended between past and future, multi-faceted and metaphysical--is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine the first short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning master of the form since her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth, and a major literary event. In "The Boundary," one family vacations in the Roman countryside, though we see their lives through the eyes of the caretaker's daughter, who nurses a wound from her family's immigrant past. In "P's Parties," a Roman couple, now empty nesters, finds comfort and community with foreigners at their friend's yearly birthday gathering--until the husband crosses a line. And in "The Steps," on a public staircase that connects two neighborhoods and the residents who climb up and down it, we see Italy's capital in all of its social and cultural variegations, filled with the tensions of a changing visibility and invisibility, random acts of aggression, the challenge of straddling worlds and cultures, and the meaning of home.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593536322
  • ISBN: 0593536320
  • Physical Description: 204 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book." -- title page verso.
Originally published in hardcover as Racconti roman, an imprint of Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol, Milan, in 2022.
Formatted Contents Note:
The boundary -- The re-entry -- P's parties -- Well-lit house -- The steps-- The delivery-- The procession.
Subject: Rome (Italy) > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Rome (Italy) > Social life and customs > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Short stories.

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