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My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

Part of the Neapolitan Quartet Series

Literary Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction

My Brilliant Friend Synopsis

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. 

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My Brilliant Friend Press Reviews

Nothing quite like it has ever been published before . . . Brilliant novels, exquisitely translated. -- Meghan O'Rourke - The Guardian

Elena Ferrante has established herself as the foremost writer in Italy-and in the world. - The Sunday Times

Stunning. An intense, forensic exploration of friendship. - The TLS

To the uninitiated, Elena Ferrante is best described as Balzac meets The Sopranos and rewrites feminist theory. - The Times

Ferrante's writing seems to say something that hasn't been said before, in a way so compelling its readers forget where they are, abandon friends and disdain sleep. -- Joanna Biggs - LRB

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ISBN: 9781787702226
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787702226
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 331 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Collections: 40+ Novels That Feature Friendship,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

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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