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.
A POWERFUL NEW NOVEL set in a divided Naples by ELENA FERRANTE, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter. “There’s no doubt [the publication of The Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary event of the year.”—Elle Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: a Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and a Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between both in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape. Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. With this novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, listeners will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.
From one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, comes this ravishing and generous-hearted novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, as their friendship, beautifully and meticulously rendered, becomes a not always perfect shelter from hardship. Ferrante has created a memorable portrait of two women, but My Brilliant Friend is also the story of a nation. Through the lives of Elena and Lila, Ferrante gives her readers the story of a city and a country undergoing momentous change.
Stunning... the raging, torrential voice of the author is something rare. - The New York Times THE BREAK-OUT NOVEL BY THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF MY BRILLIANT FRIEND Rarely have the foundations upon which our ideas of motherhood and womanhood rest been so candidly questioned. This compelling novel tells the story of one woman's headlong descent into what she calls an absence of sense after being abandoned by her husband. Olga's days of abandonment become a desperate, dangerous freefall into the darkest places of the soul as she roams the empty streets of a city that she has never learned to love. When she finds herself trapped inside the four walls of her apartment in the middle of a summer heat wave, Olga is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal again. Ferrante puts hammer to flesh and invites her reader to penetrate the page. - Financial Times Extraordinary. - The London Review of Books
SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM DIRECTED BY MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, STARRING OLIVIA COLMAN, DAKOTA JOHNSON AND PAUL MESCAL From the international bestselling author of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND Leda is devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier. She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, apparently meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The seemingly serene tale of a woman's pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past. The Lost Daughter is a compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood, exploring the conflicting emotions that tie us to our children.
A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick 2021 A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of My Brilliant Friend, a powerful new novel set in a divided Naples THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Soon to be adapted into a NETFLIX original series Incendiary. - Mail on Sunday The most intense writing about the experiences and interior life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood that I have ever read. -Financial Times An astonishing, deeply moving tale. -The Guardian Modern, urgent, truthful. -The Telegraph Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own? Giovanna's search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other. This powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by bestselling author Elena Ferrante is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Nothing quite like this has ever been published before, proclaimed The Guardian about the Neapolitan novels in 2014. Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, Elena Ferrante tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two women with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The Story of the Lost Child is the concluding volume in the dazzling saga of two women- the brilliant, bookish Elena, and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults, with husbands, lovers, aging parents, and children. Their friendship has been the gravitational center of their lives. Both women fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up-a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. In this final novel she has returned to Naples, drawn back as if responding to the city's obscure magnetism. Lila, on the other hand, could never free herself from the city of her birth. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect the neighborhood. Proximity to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable. The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and each return will bring with it new revelations.
The Story of a New Name, the second book of the Neapolitan Quartet, picks up the story where My Brilliant Friend left off. Lila has recently married and made her entree into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighbourhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In the Neapolitan Quartet, Elena Ferrante gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.
This is my last column, after a year that has scared and inspired me. With these words, Elena Ferrante, the bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend, bid farewell to her year-long collaboration with the Guardian. For a full year she penned short pieces, the subjects of which were suggested by editors at the Guardian, turning the writing process into a kind of prolonged interlocution; the subjects ranged from first love to climate change, from enmity among women to the adaptation of her novels to film and TV. As she said in her final column: I have written as an author of novels, taking on matters that are important to me and that-if I have the will and the time-I'd like to develop within real narrative mechanisms. Here, then, are the seeds of possible future novels, the ruminations of an internationally beloved author, and the abiding preoccupations of a writer who has been called one of the great novelists of our time (The New York Times). Gathered together for the first time and accompanied by an entirely new introduction written by Elena Ferrante and by Andrea Ucini's intelligent, witty, and beautiful illustrations, this is a must for all Ferrante fans.
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.
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.
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.
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.
Frantumaglia invites listeners into Elena Ferrante's workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early stand-alone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over twenty years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing. In these pages, Ferrante answers many of her readers' questions. She addresses her choice to stand aside and let her books live autonomous lives. She discusses her thoughts and concerns as her novels are being adapted into films. She talks about the challenge of finding concise answers to interview questions. She explains the joys and the struggles of writing, the anguish of composing a story only to discover that that story isn't good enough. She contemplates her relationship with psychoanalysis, with the cities she has lived in, with motherhood, with feminism, and with her childhood as a storehouse for memories, impressions, and fantasies. The result is a vibrant and intimate self-portrait of a writer at work.
Cand eram mica - pe la doisprezece-treisprezece ani -, eram absolut convinsa ca o carte buna trebuie sa aiba un barbat drept erou si lucrul asta ma intrista foarte tare. Dar dupa vreo doi ani faza aceea s-a incheiat.La cincisprezece ani, am nceput sA scriu poveE ti despre fete curajoase aflate n situaE ii dificile. nsA am rA mas cu convingerea - e adevA rat, tot mai accentuatA - cA cei mai mari povestitori sunt bA rbaE ii E i cA , dacA vrei sA scrii, trebuie sA nveE i sA povesteE ti ca ei."e; - Elena FerranteO capodoperA modernA a uneia dintre scriitoarele italiene cele mai apreciate, Prietena mea genialA este o poveste complexA E i emoE ionantA despre douA prietene, Elena E i Lila.AcE iunea romanului este plasatA n anii 1950, n mahalalele unui Napoli cenuE iu. Elena E i Lila cresc mpreunA pe strA zile pe care se duc rA zboaiele ntre bande rivale E i nvaE A sA aibA ncredere deplinA una n cealaltA . Prietenia lor rA mne profundA , n ciuda drumurilor diferite pe care le va purta destinul.Prezentnd vieE ile a douA femei, Ferrante spune povestea unei mahalale, a unui oraE E i a unei E A ri care suferA transformA ri ce vor influenE a, la rndul lor, relaE ia dintre protagoniste, memorabilele Elena E i Lila.Cine va reuE i sA lase n urmA universul dur al unei copilA rii pe jumA tate condamnate - Lilla cea descurcA reaE A E i ntreprinzA toare sau Elena cea sfioasA , ndrA gostitA de romane E i pasionatA de digresiuni filosofice?Elena E i Lila simbolizeazA o naE iune supusA unor transformA ri majore, iar portretul pe care Ferrante l face eroinelor sale reprezintA o impresionantA meditaE ie asupra istoriei E i a prieteniei dintre oameni.Elena Ferrante este pseudonimul unei romanciere italiene. A publicat E ase cA rE i, printre care Amore molesto E i I giorni dell'abbandono, descrisA ca rA vA E itoare"e; de cA tre prestigiosul cotidian New York Times.Prietena mea genialA este primul roman dintr-o serie despre douA fete inteligente E i descurcA reE e din Napoli, care ncearcA sA -E i construiascA o viaE A ntr-o culturA violentA E i opresivA .Ferrante scrie sub semnul urgenE ei, cu aviditate E i pasiune."e; - The San Francisco ChroniclePrietena mea genialA este unul dintre cele mai nuanE ate portrete ale prieteniei dintre femei din memoria recentA ."e; - Vogue