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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.

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Latest reviews

  • Frantumaglia was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by the National Post!
    — The National Post, Dec 7 2016
  • "It's a wispy and weird little tale that feels familiar — another Ferrante mother and daughter pair working through the complexity, cruelty and beauty of their bond."
    — NPR, Dec 6 2016
  • "...[an] unnerving little gem."
    — Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 2 2016
  • FRANTUMAGLIA was named of the The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016!"
    — The Guardian, Nov 26 2016
  • FRANTUMAGLIA has been named one of The Times Literary Supplement's 2016 Books of the Year!
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 23 2016
  • THE BEACH AT NIGHT was named one of The Times Literary Supplement's 2016 Books of the Year!
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 23 2016
  • "...her intellect isn’t cold, her application of theory isn’t done objectively—the women that populate her novels are not merely flat, fictional objects to Ferrante, rather they’re real and visceral (‘the word is always flesh’)."
    — Jezebel, Nov 22 2016
  • "Even without having read the entirety of Ferrante’s oeuvre, a reader will thrill to learn in more depth of certain themes that haunt her. "
    — Book Reporter, Nov 18 2016
  • "[FRANTUMAGLIA] is an intimate history of her progress between one book and the next; an invitation to sit at her desk and to see as she sees the work she does with words...Elena Ferrante’s words, however, will last as long as there are readers who love them."
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Nov 16 2016
  • "...as sensitive, intimate, intelligent and beautiful as any of her novels."
    — The Arts Desk, Nov 11 2016
  • "...ferociously meticulous, exacting, and direct...exhibit[s] an incredible level of care and connection to the subtleties of her text."
    — The Lifted Brow, Nov 11 2016
  • "Yet despite such arresting moments in her novels, I must confess that the words of Ferrante that have captivated me the most are included in Frantumaglia—something she wrote about writing."
    — Asymptote, Nov 10 2016
  • "Never less than compelling...dramatically unveil[s] the process of Ferrante’s creative work."
    — The Australian, Nov 5 2016
  • "It is an addictive, powerful, and disquieting miscellany of piercing intelligence, restless questioning, compulsive rumination, equable uncertainty, courteous self-possession, quiet generosity."
    — The National, Nov 2 2016
  • "Ferrante's work is not about women or friendship or abandonment: It is, rather, about a sense of the deep-down rawness of life itself—which runs like an electrical current beneath the prose..."
    — The Nation, Nov 2 2016
  • "...it's a magnificent jumble of insights, reactions, and philosophical play."
    — The Week, Nov 1 2016
  • "[Frantumaglia is] a glimpse into a life not unlike the one we might have imagined for her, consistent with the world of her novels, and deeply satisfying to those readers who would know her.
    — New Republic, Oct 31 2016
  • "I’ve always preferred Ferrante’s short novels, especially 'The Days of Abandonment' and 'The Lost Daughter,'...for the companionability of those cleareyed, precise, unsentimental narrators...You can hear something of their voice in Ferrante’s thoughtful simplicity."
    — The New York Times Book Review, Oct 31 2016
  • "The Italian novelist Elena Ferrante’s first children’s book, translated beautifully and uncompromisingly by Ann Goldstein, is a dark tale with a complex girl-doll heroine and a malevolent male baddie for brave little readers."
    — Times of London, Oct 29 2016
  • "This is a fascinating volume, as ever beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein. At times, it is as absorbing as Ferrante’s extraordinary fictions and touches on troubling unconscious matter with the same visceral intensity."
    — The Guardian, Oct 29 2016

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