Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri believes that American literature is massively overrated and that current reading habits are transformed by the mainstream.
“Our reading habits are transformed by the mainstream and to be frank, I find American literature massively overrated,” the 46-year-old author said at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival here today.
Lahiri was in conversation with American author Jonathan Frazen, British writer Jim Crace and Chinese author Xiaolu Guo who has also written books in English during the session “The Global Novel.”
“It is shameful that there is lack of translation in the American market. I know I am making a judgment, but I guess that is what it is. Living out of the US gives you a completely different perspective,” said the author.