Subhash’s roommate during his first year of graduate school. Richard is a radical and opposed to the war in Vietnam but has never heard of the Naxalites or Naxalbari. Many decades after Richard moves to Chicago during Subhash’s second year of graduate school, he moves back to Rhode Island, and the two old friends are reunited. Soon after their reunion, however, Richard dies suddenly, forcing Subhash to consider his own mortality.
Richard Grifalconi Character Timeline in The Lowland
The timeline below shows where the character Richard Grifalconi appears in The Lowland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6
...university there. He takes a room off-campus, which he shares with a Ph.D. student named Richard Grifalconi. Richard tells Subhash that he was active in the civil rights movement. One day,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 6, Chapter 2
...coincidence he discovers when he gets there—it is the house he used to share with Richard many years ago. As Subhash navigates the completely redone house, he feels that his presence... (full context)