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The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2013, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2014, 352 pages

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Poornima Apte

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The Lowland is a family saga of two brothers — a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies.

A single event can dramatically alter the emotional landscape of the people it affects. The Doppler wave that it creates radiates outward in endless patterns, colliding with new people and circumstances generations down the line, irrevocably shaping them in sometimes minute – but not insignificant – ways. This is the basis for Jhumpa Lahiri's haunting and powerful The Lowland.

Set mostly in Rhode Island and India (specifically in Kolkata), the story revolves around the Mitra brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born fifteen months apart. It is the late '60s, a time of turmoil in their native state of West Bengal. The brothers come of age when the Naxalbari movement serves as a catalyst for the growth of communism in the region (see Beyond the Book). Subhash, the older brother, is reliable, less likely to cause trouble. It is the more daring Udayan who is drawn into the movement ...

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