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On my radar: Bryony Lavery’s cultural highlights: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

Date: May 17 2015

This is about a woman with two children whose husband announces that he’s leaving her. She really goes wild, exacting revenge and damage on everybody. Then she retrieves her sanity and loses her love for him, and it’s brilliantly savage. Elena Ferrante is a wonderful Italian writer; I’m halfway through MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, about a long-term friendship between two women in Naples.