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The Days of Abandonment

by Elena Ferrante

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Translated Fiction eBooks of the Month Family Drama Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Days of Abandonment

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 Synopsis

Stunning... the raging, torrential voice of the author is something rare. - The New York Times SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN 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

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781787702066
Publication date: 11th February 2021
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Elena Ferrante Press Reviews

"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

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ISBN: 9781787702066
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About Elena Ferrante

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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