The Lowland

The Lowland


By (author) Jhumpa Lahiri, Read by Sunil Malhotra

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio | 11 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 154mm x 28mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 24 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0739341812
  • ISBN 13: 9780739341810
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,347,785

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National Book Award FinalistShortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of "The Namesake "comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death. Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind--including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife. Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, "The Lowland "is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Author information

JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of "Interpreter of Maladies," awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award; "The Namesake"; and "Unaccustomed Earth," a #1 "New York Times" bestseller and a "New York Times Book Review "Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and 2 children.

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"Haunting . . . A novel that crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms within families . . . Lahiri's skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose, but also in her moving forward chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory, which does not fade in spite of the years. A formidable and beautiful book." --"Publishers Weekly "(boxed review) "An absolute triumph. Lahiri uses a gorgeously rendered Calcutta landscape to profound effect. . . . As shocking complexities tragedies, and revelations multiply, Lahiri astutely examines the psychological nuances of conviction, guilt, grief, marriage, and parenthood, and delicately but firmly dissects the moral conundrums inherent in violent revolution. Renowned for her exquisite prose and penetrating insights, Lahiri attains new heights of artistry--flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with characters and place--in her spellbinding fourth book and second novel. A magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature. . . . Lahiri's standing increases with each book, and this is her most compelling yet." --Donna Seaman, "Booklist" (starred review)