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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019), illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016) and The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016), illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. Her most recent novel is The Lying Life of Adults (Europa, 2020).

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Elena Ferrante, author of the highly-acclaimed Neapolitan series, is writing a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s weekend magazine, to be translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.
In discussing Alice Sebold’s new book, which is fascinating and brilliantly original, I’ll try to reveal only what Helen Knightly herself, the first-person narrator, says in the first line...
If you are looking for uplifting bromides about the intimate mother-daughter bond, do not look to Elena Ferrante's novels. This superb and scary...
In this brutally frank novel of maternal ambivalence, the narrator, a forty-seven-year-old divorcée summering alone on the Ionian coast, becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems...

Latest reviews

  • “With the publication of The Lying Life of Adults, we see an author at her peak, deftly synthetizing the density of her first three novels with the sprawling quality of the Neapolitan Novels, all while managing to uncover complex and challenging human truths.”
    — Asymptote Magazine, Jun 22 2020
  • “In The Lying Life of Adults, Ferrante highlights the bitter and sometimes brutal insecurity of being a teenager. It’s the sort of coming-of-age story that captures the uncertainty we feel when we begin to see our parents and other grown-ups as real people.”
    — AFAR Magazine, May 22 2020
  • “Ferrante makes Naples come alive in her latest literary feat.”
    — Newsweek, May 5 2020
  • “There's no doubt this will be the literary event of the year.”
    — ELLE Magazine, Apr 11 2020
  • “Prepare to be obsessed all over again.”
    — Town & Country, Mar 25 2020
  • “There are spontaneous splashes of colour, highly concentrated phrases and much rich, aphoristic profundity. Reading Ferrante reminds me of the wonderful tradition of European essayism lying behind high journalism.” Read the full review in the Canberra Times.
    — Canberra Times, Feb 1 2020
  • “In prose that provokes and transforms, evoking wonder and tension in the most gratifying sense, these fragments of Ferrante ultimately cohere into a full, absorbing portrait of an enduring author.” Read the full review in Library Journal
    — Library Journal, Feb 1 2020
  • “[Ferrante] brilliantly discusses how rarely male writers credit the influences of women on their own writing.”
    — Cannonball Read, Dec 15 2019
  • “[T]his is a collection of vigour and verve, and it is insightful and instructive. […] Incidental Inventions is very much a masterclass in style: direct and clear, and all the more resonant for it.”
    — The Saturday Paper, Dec 13 2019
  • “Her persona in these columns is personable and charming—quite unlike the narrators of her novels, especially the first three, who tend to engage the world in heightened or deranged states. Yet even in the warm, calm tone of these columns, Ferrante expresses many fears . . .”
    — Ploughshares, Dec 12 2019
  • “Incidental Inventions is a multilayered work that sheds light on Ferrante’s thoughts about the writing process, and on her appreciation for the literary efforts of others. […] What emerges from this varied assembly of considerations is a portrait of an acclaimed storyteller’s bold and singular voice.”
    — Columbia Journal, Dec 12 2019
  • “This essay collection is subtle. Ferrante’s writing is akin to a whisper from one friend to another: It utters the truth one would rather not hear, but says it compactly and devastatingly.”
    — The Harvard Crimson, Dec 10 2019
  • “[I]f you are interested in the experience of having a drink with the author and listening to her muse on various subjects — or you know someone who does and you need a Christmas present for them — here’s your answer.”
    — Vulture/New York Magazine, Dec 6 2019
  • “As with her fiction, Ferrante’s voice here is clear, eloquent and powerful.”
    — Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov 25 2019
  • “Incidental Inventions is a more coherent and cohesive mapping of the writer’s inner world and quotidian life – her desires, fears, ambitions, failures. Ferrante peeks, as it were, from behind the curtains-pages pictured on the book cover, revealing a sliver of herself.”
    — Reading in Translation, Nov 11 2019
  • “The most anticipated literary television event of the season.”
    — Literary Hub, Nov 12 2018
  • “Ferrante writes about the violence of men responsibly and accurately...”
    — BookRiot, Oct 1 2018
  • "Ferrante captures the barely contained violence of domestic life and is taboo-shattering in her unsparing and relentless exploration of the secret lives of women...Like Lena, these books give off 'an odor of wildness.' Their intelligence cuts into the skin."
    — The New York Times, Mar 5 2018
  • “Ferrante keeps us teetering with anticipation of change as we read page after page of Elena’s ruthless psychological insights, and witness her pathological excavation of her feelings."
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, Jul 29 2017
  • “Ferrante Fever is coming to HBO.”
    — New York Times, Mar 30 2017


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