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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.
The New York Times has named My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein, the best book of the 21st century.
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...

Latest reviews

  • "Elena Ferrante’s novels drive authenticity as they speak to the less digestible parts of both womanhood and friendship."
    — Medium, Jan 13 2024
  • “It's not surprising that it has now gotten the graphic novel treatment.” 

    — Book Riot, Nov 13 2023
  • “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
  • “Shines a light on the beauty of female friendship.”

    — DAZED, Jul 24 2023
  • “Elena Ferrante shows how unfairness, like money, accumulates; beauty forms the mask of what crushes, monopolizes, outshines.”
    — The Point Magazine, Jul 19 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


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