The Interpreter of Maladies was written by Jhumpa Lahiri and was published in 1999 by Mariner Books. The book is 198 pages long.
The Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of nine short stories. I really like this writer. The stories all have Indian protagonists.
The first story is called A Temporary Matter and it’s about a couple struggling with the loss of their baby.
The second story, When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine, deals with the split between Pakistan and India, and how it affected a Pakistani man living in the U.S.
The Interpreter of Maladies is the third story and it is about a tour guide in India and his encounter with a woman in one of his tours. The tour guide is an interpreter for a doctor who doesn’t speak Gujarati while most of his patients do.
A Real Durwan is the fourth story and it is about a refuge in India who finds a place in an apartment building where she is a porter of sorts. As the building changes so does her situation.
Sexy deals with an American woman in an affair with a married Indian man.
Mrs. Sen’s is a story about an Indian woman who feels misplaced in the U.S. She cannot drive and she baby sits an 11 year old American boy.
This Blessed House is the story of a young couple who have just moved into a house full of Christian iconography that has inexplicably been hidden all around the house. Twinkle, the young wife thinks it is all very charming and interesting but the husband cannot stand it.
The Treatment of Bibi Haldar is about a woman destined to become an old spinster because of a mysterious malady. Eventually she is cured by very odd circumstances.
The Third and Final Continent deals with a new Indian immigrant to the U.S. He rents an apartment from a woman who is 103 years old. His wife from an arranged marriage eventually joins him and he begins to fall in love with his wife the moment he introduces his new bride to the centenarian.
I really, really like Ms. Lahiri’s writing style. It is clean and expressive at the same time. I was sucked in into every story. I am very happy to find out that she has written a couple of novels since this collection of short stories.