Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 40 | December 2019 | On bilingualism, innate hybridity and loss

On bilingualism, innate hybridity and loss

In the fall of 2016, I attended a lecture given by Jhumpa Lahiri at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, as part of a Great Writers, Great Readings event. She spoke of her falling in love with Italian, her adopted language, and shared a fragment of her writing. An American author of short stories, novels and essays, she had started writing in Italian after a visit to Rome. I was in New York on my MFA in Creative Writing where the work I produced was in English, my adopted language. Back h...

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