Jhumpa Lahiri :

I believe what first drove me to write fiction was to escape the pitfalls of being viewed as one thing or the other. As an author, I could embody any individual my imagination enabled me to, of any origin. This sense of freedom is one of the greatest thrills of writing fiction, and for a person like me, who has never been confident of what to call herself or of where to say she is from, it is a solace. But what I have discovered upon publishing my book - Interpreter of Maladies - is that authorial freedom is limited to the process of writing itself, in the private sphere of creation.


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