Link of the week

This week I have linked a couple of fascinating essays on language, identity and writing.

The first is by Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Lowland and the Pulitzer prize winning The Interpreter of Maladies.  It tells of her attempts at learning Italian and switching from English to her new language in her writing – a process which culminated in the publication of her latest book, In Other Words, early this year.

Jhumpa Lahiri on writing in a foreign language

The second essay provides a more analytical look at what it means for writers to have more than one language at their disposal.

Ana Menendez on being a multilingual writer in the 21st century



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