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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The Days of Abandonment

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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.


The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

This compelling novel that shocked audiences in Europe with its unsentimental and unyielding depiction of motherhood, marriage and solitude, 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 ahs 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.


"I read this novel in one day from cover to cover, forcing myself to take breaks as a swimmer breaks the surface of the water. The Days of Abandonment is stellar." - Alice Sebold

"Stunning." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful and audacious novel of exceptional strength." - Il Manifesto

About the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples, Italy. Though one of Italy’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 Ferrante’s second novel. She is also the author of Troubling Love (l’Amore molesto), to be published by Europa Editions in 2006.

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Publication date

5th April 2006


Elena Ferrante

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Europa Editions


192 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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