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Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), now a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, and Jessie Buckley. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019), illustrated by Andrea Ucini; Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016); and a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan novels” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. The adaptation of Ferrante’s most recent novel, The Lying Life of Adults (Europa, 2020), debuted on Netflix in 2023.

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Elena Ferrante, author of the highly-acclaimed Neapolitan series, is writing a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s weekend magazine, to be translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.
In discussing Alice Sebold’s new book, which is fascinating and brilliantly original, I’ll try to reveal only what Helen Knightly herself, the first-person narrator, says in the first line...
If you are looking for uplifting bromides about the intimate mother-daughter bond, do not look to Elena Ferrante's novels. This superb and scary...
In this brutally frank novel of maternal ambivalence, the narrator, a forty-seven-year-old divorcée summering alone on the Ionian coast, becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems...

Latest reviews

  • “Classics often pale in their retelling, but this homage to Ferrante's epic shines with its own light.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (starred), Oct 18 2023
  • “This adaptation exquisitely captures Ferrante's story of a passionate and consuming friendship.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Oct 18 2023
  • “This adaptation of the first volume in the Neapolitan novels is absolutely gorgeous...A must-read for all Ferrante fans.”
    — Book Riot, Oct 18 2023
  • “A unique and evocative tribute to a modern classic.”
    — BookPage, Oct 18 2023
  • In the Margins by Elena Ferrante is one of Air Mail’s 10 Best Books of 2022

    — Air Mail, Dec 7 2022
  • “As strong and beautiful as ever.”
    — Buzzfeed, Mar 26 2022
  • “[Ferrante] doesn’t spill the truth as much as she performs the function of truth.”
    —, Mar 26 2022
  • “This very small book — just around 100 pages, with uncrowded type — contains four delightful essays.”
    — Toronto Star, Mar 25 2022
  • “It’s a fascinating peek into Ferrante’s process.”
    — The Paris Review, Mar 25 2022
  • “Everything she an elaborate or humble garment.”
    — Gawker, Mar 24 2022
  • “Lucid, well-formed, captivating...Every essay here is a blend of deep thought, rigorous analysis and graceful prose.”
    — Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar 18 2022
  • “There are gems aplenty here, on writing in general and about Ferrante's specifically...A slim but formidable book.”
    — Booklist, Mar 15 2022
  • “Incandescent...In the Margins is a philosophical monograph on the nature of writing.”
    — The New York Times, Mar 15 2022
  • “An unmistakable triumph.”
    — Asymptote Journal, Mar 14 2022
  • “Engaging, slyly disruptive... As writers and readers, Ferrante suggests, we will always be at once united with and separate from the people, language, literature, and culture we inhabit, inherit, and create.”
    — Air Mail, Mar 12 2022
  • “An ode to reading and writing... In the Margins illuminates the themes that characterise [Ferrante’s] novels: intense female friendships, mother-daughter relationships and betrayal.”
    — Financial Times, Mar 11 2022
  • ★ “These brilliant essays not only provide insights into other great writers and their work but into Ferrante’s own work as well, and will be appreciated by her many followers as well as scholars and general readers.”
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Mar 11 2022
  • “If you’ve recently thrilled to the adaptation of ‘The Lost Daughter,’ these four new essays by the Neapolitan author will keep the thrill going.”
    — Los Angeles Times, Feb 28 2022
  • “Ferrante offers insights about her complex protagonists, including Lila and Lenu... Enticing glimpses into a writer’s life.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Jan 18 2022
  • “Part memoir, part craft book, Elena Ferrante’s new nonfiction collection promises to be a writer’s origin story... An intimate self-portrait and an essential read for Ferrantephiles.”
    — The A.V. Club, Jan 4 2022


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