Amy P. Knight

In Other Words (In Altre Parole) by Jhumpa Lahiri

Written in Italian and translated (by Ferrante’s translator, no less) into a simple, slightly strange-feeling English. A very personal book about how we relate to the language we speak (and read, and write) — native language versus learned language, the urge to learn a language. Plus two short stories that read very much like work in translation, in a good way. I enjoyed going back and forth between English and Italian in my bilingual edition.