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Elena Ferrante was born in Naples, Italy. Though one of Italyâ€™s most important and acclaimed contemporary authors, she has shunned public attention and willfully kept her identity a mystery. The Days of Abandonment is Elena Ferranteâ€™s second novel. She is also the author of Troubling Love (lâ€™Amore molesto), to be published by Europa Editions in 2006.
The Days of Abandonment was a bestseller for nearly a year in Italy and it's not hard to see why. It is an interesting and well-written depiction of a woman's struggle to accept her abandonment by her husband. Her obsession about his relationship with his new lover leads to the neglect of both herself and her children which is quite shocking in places, but utterly compelling.
From one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, The Neapolitan Novels is an exploration of the friendship between Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who grew up in the tough, rough streets of post-war Naples. This is no normal friendship; it's a friendship that loves, hurts, supports and destroys - and yet it is one that lasts a lifetime. These four full-cast BBC adaptations bring the streets of Naples vividly to life. The first novel , My Brilliant Friend, begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these streets two girls, Lena and Lila, learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone - or anything. The Story of a New Name sees the two girls striving to make a better life for themselves. They work hard at school but Lila is stopped in her tracks when forced to give up her education to work for the family shoe-making business. It's not long before their worlds are pushed apart. In the third book, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Lena escapes to Milan but struggles to find the courage to live, parent and write again after her marriage to her increasingly dismissive husband. Lila, meanwhile, also struggles to rise above her social conditions and desperately tries to find a way to better herself in whatever way she can. In the final part of their story, The Story of the Lost Child, Lena returns to Naples with her two children to find Lila has also managed to turn her life around, despite remaining in the claws of violent and mafia-run Naples. Through broken marriages, violent pasts, and the yearning for something more, the two women always turn to each other as their friendship - and the tensions between them - grow ever deeper. Adapted from the books by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein. Dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker Directed by Celia de Wolff A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
O meditatie profunda si emotionanta asupra conditiei de femeie si mama. Leda, o profesoara de literatura engleza, divortata de multa vreme, ramane pentru prima oara singura dupa ce fetele sale, de-acum mari, pleaca in Canada, sa locuiasca impreuna cu tatal lor. Convinsa ca va fi coplesita de singuratate si de un sentiment de inutilitate, Leda gaseste in schimb o libertate la care nu indraznise sa se gandeasca. Aceasta libertate insa, se transforma intr-o necrutatoare introspectie provocata de intalnirea cu o familie galagioasa intr-un satuc din sudul Italiei, unde Leda pleaca intr-o mica vacanta. Astfel, povestea unei femei care se redescopera pe sine devine povestea unei confruntari nemiloase cu trecutul. Inca de la aparitia romanului Prietena mea geniala, care deschide Tetralogia Napolitana, faima Elenei Ferrante a crescut enorm, transformandu-se in asa-numita Febra Ferrante"e;. Este considerata una dintre autoarele contemporane cele mai convingatoare, o stilista desavarsita, cu o intuitie artistica iesita din comun, care a castigat admiratia mai multor scriitori celebri - Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud - si a unor critici importanti: James Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson etc. Dar fara indoiala, primirea cea mai calduroasa a avut-o din partea cititorilor, care au descoperit o autoare care vorbeste intr-un stil plin de frumusete si forta despre sentimentul de apartenenta la un loc, despre relatiile umane, dragoste, familie si prietenie. "e;Senzational este ca, pe masura ce urmareste cu empatie extremele personajelor sale, stilul lui Ferrante razbate dincolo de orice limita, nerabdator parca sa duca fiecare gand pana la concluzia sa cea mai radicala si, inapoi, pana la punctul cel mai radical in care a prins contur. Lucrul acesta este evident in curajul cu care naratoarele femei vorbesc despre copii si maternitate."e; - James Wood, The New Yorker "e;Cand citesti un roman al Elenei Ferrante te simti ca si cum Kafka ar fi scris un roman in care Gregor Samsa nu se transforma intr-un gandac, ci devine constient fara incetare de identitatea sa de insecta, descoperind metafore ale acestei identitati peste tot in jurul lui."e; - The Guardian "e;Desi in romanele Elenei Ferrante spatiul si timpul sunt bine precizate, referintele externe sunt atenuate, lasand locul miscarile subtile, intime, din subterana ale gandurilor si emotiilor."e; - Harper's Magazine "e;Cred ca un cititor adevarat nu cauta chipul fragil al autorului in carne si oase, ci mai degraba fizionomia bruta pe care o contine fiecare cuvant."e; - Elena Ferrante
Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. Ferrante is one of the world's great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.
In the third book in the Neapolitan quartet, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. Ferrante is one of the world's great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.
Pervyj iz chetyrekh romanov uzhe stavshego kul'tovym vo vsem mire "e;neapolitanskogo cikla"e; EHleny Ferrante - ehto istoriya dvuh podrug, Lenu i Lily, zhivushchih v 50-e gody v odnom iz bednyh kvartalov Neapolya. Ih detstvo i yunost' prohodyat na surovyh ulicah, gde devochki uchatsya vo vsekh obstoyatel'stvah polagat'sya tol'ko drug na druga. Idut gody. Puti Lenu i Lily to raskhodyatsya, to skhodyatsya vnov', no oni ostayutsya luchshimi podrugami - takimi, kogda zhizn' odnoj otrazhaetsya i prelomlyaetsya v sud'be drugoj. CHerez istoriyu Lily i Lenu Ferrante rasskazyvaet o dramaticheskih izmeneniyah v zhizni kvartala, goroda, strany - ot fashizma i gospodstva mafii do rascveta kommunisticheskogo dvizheniya, i o tom, kak ehti izmeneniya skazyvayutsya na otnosheniyah mezhdu geroinyami, nezabyvaemymi Lenu i Liloj.
Vtoraya chast' zavoevavshego vsemirnuyu populyarnost' chetyrekhtomnogo "e;neapolitanskogo kvarteta"e; prodolzhaet istoriyu Lenu Greko i Lily CHerullo. Podrugi vzrosleyut, ih zhiznennye puti neumolimo raskhodyatsya. Oni po-prezhnemu stremyatsya vyrvat'sya iz ubogosti i nishchety neapolitanskih okrain, no kazhdaya vybiraet svoyu dorogu. Impul'sivnaya Lila stanovitsya sin'oroj Karrachchi; bogatstvo i novoe imya zastavlyayut ee otrech'sya ot toj sebya, kakoj ona byla eshche vchera, ostavit' v proshlom derzkuyu talantlivuyu devchonku, podavavshuyu bol'shie nadezhdy. Lenu zhe prodolzhaet uchit'sya, stremyas' dokazat' samoj sebe, chto mozhet dobit'sya uspekha i bez svoej genial'noj podrugi. Dushnye zadvorki Neapolya, polnaya razvlechenij Isk'ya, universitetskaya Piza... v raznyh dekoraciyah zhizn' eshche ne raz ispytaet na prochnost' druzhbu Lily i Lenu, a oni budut snova i snova ubezhdat'sya, chto nit', svyazavshuyu ih v detstve, ne v silah razorvat' ni odna iz nih.
Elena Ferrante returns to the tale at the center of the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the story takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams.Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans.