Posted on May 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Jhumpa Lahiri’s most recent book, Whereaboutswas originally written in Italian, a language she learned as an adult.

And she’s spent some time editing Italian literature.

So we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that her next project, according to Publishers Weekly, is a new translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Metamorphoses, written around 8 A.D., is a collection of myths and legends that all have a theme of transformation, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

Lahiri will work with Princeton classics professor Yelena Baraz to once again bring the poem from Latin into English.

Lahiri’s first book, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction; she has also been nominated for the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award for a later novel, The Lowland.

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