Overview for Jhumpa Lahiri: The Master Storyteller
Jhumpa Lahiri, recipient of the coveted Pulitzer award for her collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies, is a voice of Indo-American origin. Though she lives in the U.S., her work is imbued with ethos of Indian culture and sensibility. She may be considered a writer of Indian diaspora, though her own idea of India is 'of the mind' only. Through her characters, she tells us about the human conditions that have universal resonance in her immigrant identity that forms the core of her stories. She tells her tales as a master storyteller, with a distinctive voice. The present collection of essays, a pioneering venture, offers a wide-ranging critical response to her stories.
Suman Bala (Editor)
Suman Bala teaches English at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She obtained M.Phil. in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. on the fiction of Joseph Conrad. In 1984, she visited Edinburgh University and other universities in the U.K. as a British Council scholar. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, including those at Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur and Canberra. She has published books, namely, Joseph Conrad's Fiction' A Study in Existential Vision; Silver Poets: Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney and Ralegh; American Literature Today and Women in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande. She is President of Asian Association for the Study of Austral-Asia.