The Lowland (Paperback)

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From Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri, comes this multi-generational story of a family scarred and scattered by tragedy in the late-1960's Calcutta.  Close brothers, Subhash and Udayan, grow up in Calcutta where privilege vs. poverty is a remnant of a society created under former British rule.  They begin to forge different paths prior to and during their university years.   Subhash studies to become a scientific researcher and eventually moves to Rhode Island to study and work, while Udayan marries and becomes more involved with the Naxalites, a communist rebel movement seeking to end the inequity and poverty that plague his homeland.   As tragedy ensues, the outcome for each present and future family member plays out with far-reaching consequences.  Lahiri's prose eloquently covers a broad span of time, history, geography and society yet captures each character's intimately evocative voice and story.

— Karen McCue

October 2013 Indie Next List

“In this epic tale, two brothers close in age but of very different temperaments are inseparable in their younger years in Calcutta. They become more distant as they mature, however, due to the political passions and ideology of the older, more outgoing brother. An ensuing tragedy forces the younger brother to evaluate his strong bond to his brother and to take on responsibilities he never expected. This is a story of decisions and consequences, family ties and separation, deceit and honesty, as well as cultural differences and similarities. Lahiri's exquisite prose is like quicksilver, sometimes shocking and sometimes warm and comforting.”
— Janice Shannon, BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ

Product Details
ISBN: 9784105901103
ISBN-10: 4105901109
Publisher: Shinchosha/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2014
Pages: 477
Language: Japanese


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