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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 international best-selling novel in four installments 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, Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night, and, most recently, a collection of essays entitled Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019).

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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.
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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

  • “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
  • “To be a woman is to live in a state of flux. At her wisest, Ferrante’s writing reverses literary tradition so that it’s the experience of being a woman that becomes the universal.”
    — Dissent Magazine, Feb 14 2017
  • The Neapolitan Novels have been included in a list of “15 Great Books on Female Friendship” in Signature Reads.
    — Signature Reads, Feb 10 2017
  • "Not for the faint of heart, this novel is a masterpiece of the inner workings of the mind of a woman. 5 stars."
    — KWBU, Feb 9 2017
  • “By the end of 2016, this exceptional book had proved to be one of most controversial literary books of the year.”
    — The Buffalo News, Jan 27 2017
  • “Whether she’s writing a letter that she’ll never send or answering questions for a ‘Paris Review’ interview, Ferrante is unsentimental and thrillingly blunt. There is no one like her.”
    — Charleston Post and Courier, Jan 1 2017

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