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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), now a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, and Jessie Buckley. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019), illustrated by Andrea Ucini; Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016); and a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan novels” (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 and is in its third season. Ferrante’s most recent novel is the instant New York Times bestseller, 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

  • “Lucid, well-formed, captivating...Every essay here is a blend of deep thought, rigorous analysis and graceful prose.”
    — Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar 18 2022
  • “There are gems aplenty here, on writing in general and about Ferrante's specifically...A slim but formidable book.”
    — Booklist, Mar 15 2022
  • “Incandescent...In the Margins is a philosophical monograph on the nature of writing.”
    — The New York Times, Mar 15 2022
  • “An unmistakable triumph.”
    — Asymptote Journal, Mar 14 2022
  • “Engaging, slyly disruptive... As writers and readers, Ferrante suggests, we will always be at once united with and separate from the people, language, literature, and culture we inhabit, inherit, and create.”
    — Air Mail, Mar 12 2022
  • “An ode to reading and writing... In the Margins illuminates the themes that characterise [Ferrante’s] novels: intense female friendships, mother-daughter relationships and betrayal.”
    — Financial Times, Mar 11 2022
  • ★ “These brilliant essays not only provide insights into other great writers and their work but into Ferrante’s own work as well, and will be appreciated by her many followers as well as scholars and general readers.”
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Mar 11 2022
  • “If you’ve recently thrilled to the adaptation of ‘The Lost Daughter,’ these four new essays by the Neapolitan author will keep the thrill going.”
    — Los Angeles Times, Feb 28 2022
  • “Ferrante offers insights about her complex protagonists, including Lila and Lenu... Enticing glimpses into a writer’s life.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Jan 18 2022
  • “Part memoir, part craft book, Elena Ferrante’s new nonfiction collection promises to be a writer’s origin story... An intimate self-portrait and an essential read for Ferrantephiles.”
    — The A.V. Club, Jan 4 2022
  • “In these four pitch-perfect essays, the doyenne of Italian literature pores over her toolbox, discovering that reinvention is the name of her game... An essential read for all aspiring writers.”

    — Oprah Daily, Dec 31 2021
  • “Razor-sharp... A candid look into Ferrante’s development of not only her craft, but also her life-long passion for literature.”

    — TIME Magazine, Dec 16 2021
  • ★ “Four essays illuminate the mind of Ferrante in this dazzling collection... The author’s legions of fans are in for a treat. ”
    — Publishers Weekly, Dec 9 2021
  • Frantumaglia might well be her most fascinating text: it is both fiction incarnate and a work of self-exegesis.”
    — Public Books, Sep 24 2021
  • “We get to know Giovanna by watching her juggle multiple versions of her life rather than by reading one clear interpretation of it. And this, too, is how we should hope to know Ferrante.”
    — Cleveland Review of Books, Sep 14 2021
  • “This is Elena Ferrante, the author of the brilliant Neapolitan quartet, who has already shown us penetrating insights into the adolescent mind [ . . ] It’s a gritty novel.”
    — The Sunday Times (ANZ), Mar 10 2021
  • “Three hundred pages of quick and honest prose...This novel — it bends every rule on the sheet.”
    — Scroll.In, Nov 28 2020
  • “Ferrante’s page-turner talent for suspenseful storytelling and vigorously peopled scenes is on peak form as the adolescent Giovanna seeks out the aunt and she has never met.”
    — The Times UK, Nov 27 2020
  • “Raw, intense, delightful, refreshing.”
    — Word by word, Nov 25 2020
  • The Lying Life of Adults has an uncomfortable intensity, a tension which is never released, holding the reader in thrall.”
    — The Millstone, Nov 2 2020

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