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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Hardcover)

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“The Lowland” is a novel written by Jhumpa Lahiri, an Indian-American author known for her poignant and evocative storytelling. The novel was published in 2013 and received critical acclaim, including being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

“The Lowland” is a multi-generational family saga that explores themes of love, loss, identity, and the impact of political and historical events on individual lives. The story is primarily set in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, and Rhode Island, USA.

The narrative revolves around two brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra, who grow up in the quiet suburb of Tollygunge in Calcutta during the 1960s. They share a close bond but have different aspirations and life paths. Udayan becomes involved in the Naxalite movement, a radical left-wing political movement, while Subhash pursues his education in the United States. When tragedy strikes the family, Subhash makes a life-altering decision that will have far-reaching consequences for both brothers and their families.

The novel delves into the choices the characters make and how these choices shape their destinies. It also explores the themes of immigration, cultural displacement, and the search for belonging as Subhash and other characters grapple with their identities and sense of home in a foreign land.

Jhumpa Lahiri’s writing in “The Lowland” is known for its lyrical prose and deep exploration of the human experience. The book weaves together the personal stories of its characters with broader historical and political events, creating a powerful and emotionally resonant narrative.

“The Lowland” is a thought-provoking and beautifully written novel that delves into the complexities of family, memory, and the ways in which the past continues to influence the present. It is a compelling addition to Jhumpa Lahiri’s body of work and has been praised for its storytelling and the depth of its characters’ emotions and experiences.


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