Feeling secure is “so dangerous” for creativity: Jhumpa Lahiri learned a new language to write her latest book

Jhumpa Lahiri says she has no mother tongue. The Indian-American author grew up in a home filled with Bengali, but spoke English at school and with friends. And for her latest book, In Other Words, the Pulitzer prizewinner abandoned both languages, to write entirely in Italian.

Lahiri describes how she moved, with her family, to Rome in order to completely immerse herself in the language. She left behind her library and stopped reading in English entirely.

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