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Italian Short Stories on tour with Jhumpa Lahiri

On the occasion of the release of The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories, Jhumpa Lahiri, who edited and translated some of the stories, will present the collection and discuss about Italian language and literature, the process of translation, as well as the experience of working across multiple languages and cultures.

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories brings together forty writers that reflect over a hundred years of Italy’s vibrant and diverse short story tradition, from the birth of the modern nation to the end of the twentieth century, including Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante and Luigi Pirandello alongside many captivating new discoveries. More than a third of the stories presented in the anthology have been translated for the first time in English and are an absolute novelty for the British audience.

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Her first book written in Italian, In Other Words, was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.


Italian Short Stories on tour with Jhumpa Lahiri

Monday 4 March, 7pm at the Italian Cultural Institute London [BOOK NOW]

Tuesday 5 March, 7pm at the London Review of Books Bookshop in London with Chris Power, for info 

Wednesday 6 March, 6:30pm at the London Library in conversation with Adam Thirlwell, for info 

Thursday 7 March, 7pm at the Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford with Nicola Gardini, for info 

Friday 8 March, 6:30pm at the Italian Cultural Institute Dublin, for info 


  • Organizzato da: ICI London
  • In collaborazione con: Penguin Random House