Frantumaglia A Writer’s Journey

Elena Ferrante

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One ofThe Guardian‘s Best Books of the Year: Personal writings by the anonymous author who became a literary phenomenon withMy Brilliant Friend.

The writer known as Elena Ferrante has taken pains to hide her identity in the hope that readers would focus on her body of work. But in this volume, she invites us into Elena Ferrante’s workshop and offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk–those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of the Neapolitan Novels, theNew York Times-bestselling \”enduring masterpiece\” (The Atlantic).

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.

\”Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.\” —The Boston Globe

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ISBN – 9781925240542
Publisher – Text Publishing Company
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 01/11/2016
Dimensions – 232mm X 154mm
Categories – Essays

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Elena Ferrante
The Story of the Lost Child


The \”stunning conclusion\” to the bestselling saga of the fierce lifelong bond between two women, from a gritty Naples childhood through old age (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Story of the Lost Child concludes the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, who first met amid the shambles of postwar Italy. In this book, life’s great discoveries have been made; its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship 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.

\”Lila is a magnificent character.\” —The Atlantic

\”Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.\” —The Boston Globe

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay


Part of the bestselling saga about childhood friends following different paths by \”one of the great novelists of our time\” (The New York Times).

In the third book in theNew York Times-bestselling Neapolitan quartet that inspired the HBO seriesMy Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila have grown into womanhood. 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 for women during the 1970s. And yet, they are still very much bound to each other in a book that \”shows off Ferrante’s strong storytelling ability and will leave readers eager for the final volume of the series\” (Library Journal).

\”One of modern fiction’s richest portraits of a friendship.\” —NPR

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The Story of a New Name


A novel in the bestselling quartet about two very different women and their complex friendship: \”Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it\” (The Boston Globe).

The follow-up toMy Brilliant Friend,The Story of a New Name continues the epicNew York Times-bestselling literary quartet that has inspired an HBO series, and returns us to the world of Lila and Elena, who grew up together in post-WWII Naples, Italy.

InThe Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her entrée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. 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 a source of strength in the face of life’s challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, \”one of the great novelists of our time\” (The New York Times), gives us a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging, a meditation on love and jealousy, freedom and commitment–at once a masterfully plotted page-turner and an intense, generous-hearted family saga.

\”Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you’ll have some idea of how explosive these works are.\” —The Australian

\”Brilliant . . . captivating and insightful . . . the richness of her storytelling is likely to please fans of Sara Gruen and Silvia Avallone.\” —Booklist (starred review)

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