El buen nombre

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Ashoke Ganguli es un joven universitario bengalí que sobrevive a un terrible accidente ferroviario. Tras una lenta y dolorosa recuperación, decide seguir el consejo de un anónimo compañero de viaje y, tras un matrimonio de conveniencia, se traslada con su mujer a Boston. Allí nace su primer hijo, Gógol, en honor del célebre escritor ruso Nikolái Gógol, cuyos cuentos leía Ashoke cuando se produjo el accidente de tren, y lo que iba a ser una estancia breve se convierte en toda una vida de adaptación y desarraigo. ...
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Overview

Ashoke Ganguli es un joven universitario bengalí que sobrevive a un terrible accidente ferroviario. Tras una lenta y dolorosa recuperación, decide seguir el consejo de un anónimo compañero de viaje y, tras un matrimonio de conveniencia, se traslada con su mujer a Boston. Allí nace su primer hijo, Gógol, en honor del célebre escritor ruso Nikolái Gógol, cuyos cuentos leía Ashoke cuando se produjo el accidente de tren, y lo que iba a ser una estancia breve se convierte en toda una vida de adaptación y desarraigo. El niño, hijo de bengalíes, ciudadano estadounidense y de nombre ruso, crecerá entre curris y hamburguesas, entre música de los Beatles y clases de lengua bengalí, entre viajes a Calcuta, a donde a él y a su hermana los consideran extranjeros, y ritos hindúes celebrados en una casa típicamente estadounidense. Su evolución será un viaje en busca de un lugar, de una voz, de un nombre propio en medio de la confusión de la vida.Historia dd encuentros y de ausencias, el relato de dos generaciones a caballo entre dos mundos, El buen nombre es, además, una mirada inteligente y sutil a la sociedad estadounidense, que abarca las cuatro últimas décadas del siglo XX.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788495908773
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jhumpa  Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri
One of the few first-time authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- for her short-story collection, Interpreter of Maladies -- Jhumpa Lahiri has captivated fans and critics with her rich portrayals of Indian and Indian-American culture.

Biography

Award-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri has spent most of her life traveling between countries. Born in London and raised in Rhode Island, she visited Calcutta regularly with her family, often for months at a time. Neither a tourist nor a native, her ties to India are as strong as her ties to the U.S. This feeling of free-floating between cultures, plus her experience growing up in an immigrant household, permeates her characters, settings, and themes.

A serious student, Lahiri excelled at school. As a child, she wrote endlessly in notebooks and reported for her school newspaper, but she did not seriously begin writing fiction until after graduation from Barnard College. She went on to receive three Master's degrees and a PhD, all from Boston University, but had no real interest in academics. She managed to get a few stories published and was eventually accepted to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown -- which put her on the road to finding an agent and selling her first book, a collection of short fiction cryptically entitled Interpreter of Maladies.

When Interpreter of Maladies hit the bookshelves in 1999, readers and critics fell in love with Lahiri's luminous prose and fully realized characters. Moving dexterously between first- and third-person narration and unfolding from the perspectives of both men and women, the nine stories in the anthology showcase Lahiri's flexibility as a writer. She navigates the emotional terrain between two cultures, Indian and American, with grace and deftness; and although she sets her tales in both countries, India always resonates in the hearts of her characters, no matter where they live. In 2000, Lahiri received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction -- an honor rarely bestowed on a first-time author.

In 2003, Lahiri published her debut novel. The story of a first-generation Bengali-American boy and his family, The Namesake became an international bestseller. The New York Times named it a Notable Book of the Year; several publications included it in their annual roundups of best reads; and in 2007, Indian-born director Mira Nair turned it into a critically acclaimed feature film.

Jhumpa Lahiri continues to explore both sides of the cultural divide with passion, clarity, and elegance. Writing in her unique voice, she brings into focus the grey areas of life, creating seamlessly crafted plots and three-dimensional characters that draw readers back again and again.

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Like the rest of her family, Lahiri has a (private) "pet name" and a (public) "good name." When she started school, her teachers decided that Jhumpa, her pet name, was the easier one to pronounce, and she has been called that in public ever since, something many of her relatives find odd.

A major turning point for Lahiri's writing career came when she was accepted into the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Lahiri is married to journalist Alberto Vourvoulias, a Guatemalan of Greek ancestry. Their son, Octavio, is learning to speak English, Bengali, and Spanish.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      1967
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

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