Title: INTERPRETER OF MALADIES: THE FIRST "PULITZER...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 1999
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 197 pages. Published in 1999. The author's breakthrough debut book. One of the greatest American short story collections of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2006 Easton Press Edition, published seven years later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only to commemorate the book's well-deserved win. This is one of very few times in modern American literary history that a Pulitzer Prize Winner (indicated with a metallic-silver gilt stamp in front) was recognized and celebrated as such. This happened because the publisher, which largely ignored the book at first, was shamed into putting out a decent Hardcover Edition after telling the then-completely-unknown author that they were taking a huge gamble by publishing her work as it is. The book remains available in innumerable subsequent printings as a regular trade softcover edition. The First Hardcover Edition, which also went into several subsequent printings, is now rare. Presents Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies". Nine brilliant and moving stories that catapulted the beautiful young writer to unprecedented national and international renown. "Lahiri writes with a deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. An important and powerful new voice" (The New York Times). "There are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination" (Jhumpa Lahiri). A luminous masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Jhumpa Lahiri collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jhumpa Lahiri. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws yet command as much as $475. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2000 for "Interpreter of Maladies". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JHUMPA LAHIRI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0618101365. Bookseller Inventory # 20180
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri's title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, the young couple in "A Temporary Matter" whose marriage is crumbling in the wake of a stillborn child. Or Miranda in "Sexy," who is involved in a hopeless affair with a married man. But Mr. Kapasi has problems enough of his own; in addition to his regular job working as an interpreter for a doctor who does not speak his patients' language, he also drives tourists to local sites of interest. His fare on this particular day is Mr. and Mrs. Das--first-generation Americans of Indian descent--and their children. During the course of the afternoon, Mr. Kapasi becomes enamored of Mrs. Das and then becomes her unwilling confidant when she reads too much into his profession. "I told you because of your talents," she informs him after divulging a startling secret.
I'm tired of feeling so terrible all the time. Eight years, Mr. Kapasi, I've been in pain eight years. I was hoping you could help me feel better; say the right thing. Suggest some kind of remedy.Of course, Mr. Kapasi has no cure for what ails Mrs. Das--or himself. Lahiri's subtle, bittersweet ending is characteristic of the collection as a whole. Some of these nine tales are set in India, others in the United States, and most concern characters of Indian heritage. Yet the situations Lahiri's people face, from unhappy marriages to civil war, transcend ethnicity. As the narrator of the last story, "The Third and Final Continent," comments: "There are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept." In that single line Jhumpa Lahiri sums up a universal experience, one that applies to all who have grown up, left home, fallen in or out of love, and, above all, experienced what it means to be a foreigner, even within one's own family. --Alix Wilber
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