Elena Ferrante


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Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.

Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter (originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006).

In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante's "Neapolitan Novels," a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture.

Critics have praised her for her "devastating power as a novelist" and for a style that is "pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright."

Ferrante holds that "books, once they are written, have no need of their authors."

On 10th March 2016, The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, ce
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Writing every Saturday has meant the permanent exposure of fragments of myself. But I am indebted to you, my readers

This exercise ends here: I gave myself a year, and the year is up. I had never done work like this, and I hesitated a good deal before trying it. I was afraid of the weekly deadline; I was afraid of having to write even if I didn’t feel like it; I was afraid of the need to publish...

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My Brilliant Friend (The Ne...

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The Story of a New Name (Th...

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Those Who Leave and Those W...

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The Story of the Lost Child...

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The Days of Abandonment

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The Lost Daughter

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Troubling Love

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The Neapolitan Novels

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The Beach at Night

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La frantumaglia

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“Words: with them you can do and undo as you please.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name

“The circle of an empty day is brutal and at night it tightens around your neck like a noose.”
Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment

“she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name

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