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‘Useless Chaos is What Fiction is About’

Mavis Gallant & Jhumpa Lahiri

‘Useless chaos is what fiction is about.’

Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal in 1922. When she was twenty-eight she gave up her job as a journalist, moved to Paris and devoted herself to writing fiction. In 1951 she published her first short story in The New Yorker. Since then she has published over twelve collections of stories, two novels, a volume of non-fiction, Paris Notebooks: Essays and Reviews, and a play. A selection of her work from 1951-71, The Cost of Living, was published in 2009.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of The Namesake, a novel, and two collections of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year, and Unaccustomed Earth, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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