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“Truth, Beauty, and The Lying Life of Adults.”

Newspaper, blog or website: Ploughshares
Date: Sep 3 2020

“Truth and beauty are typically assumed to coexist. [Ferrante] has argued in favor of the opposite view, rejecting ‘the cult of the beautifully wrought page’ in favor of the ‘rough draft with all its sloppiness’ […] Giovanna, like Ferrante, ultimately rejects any association between beauty and what is good and true […] Giovanna’s slipping away within the lines even of her own story, as she puts it in the beginning, may be seen not as tragic, then, but as a refusal to live according to her father’s terms—terms that even he cannot live up to.”

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