Lauded author Lahiri wants to write next work in Italian
Indian-American novelist presents upcoming novel 'The Lowland'10 September, 18:11
"The Italian language is wonderful, powerful. It is a passion for me. I love to dedicate myself to this language, it gives me new freedom, it is very exciting," Lahiri said. "I keep a diary in Italian, I write essays in Italian and for the last year I only read books in Italian," explains Lahiri, who currently lives in Rome, in the Trastevere neighborhood, with her husband and two children.
Lahiri presented her upcoming fiction The Lowland at the Festivaletteratura Mantova book fair last week, which is shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
The 46-year-old Indian-American writer said that she loved being in Italy where she felt "more alive as a person".
Her passion for Italian was born when she was travelling through Florence more than two decades ago.
"I was 25-26 years old. I had never heard nor spoken Italian, only Latin. When I heard Italian spoken on the streets of Florence I had a strong reaction and wanted to learn it immediately," she said. Lahiri won the 2000 Pulitzer for her debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies, but said that winning a prize was "more than anything a weight".
"I write for myself and it has to be this way, something personal.
"A book is always a communication with one's inner self," she said.