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Jhumpa Lahiri on Missing Rome

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Your story in this week’s issue, “Casting Shadows,” opens on a bridge in an Italian city as a woman and a man meet. When did that image first come to mind?

Photograph by Elena Siebert

It probably grew out of my frequent crossing of Ponte Garibaldi in Rome, the bridge that takes me from Trastevere and leads to the Jewish Ghetto on the other side of the Tiber, where there is a library, housed in the Centro Studi Americani, that I love to work in. I discovered it when I was living in Rome, and I began writing this piece of fiction there.

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