Author: Elena Ferrante
Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016" From the author of My Brilliant Friend This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It 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 My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over 20 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.
Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Europa Editions UK
This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It 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 My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. 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 it isn’t good enough for publication. She contemplates her relationship with psychoanalysis, with the cities she has lived in, with motherhood, with feminism, and with her childhood as a storehouse of memories, material, and stories. The result is a vibrant and intimate selfportrait of a writer at work.
Author: Elena Ferrante
The reclusive Italian author presents a collection of occasional writings, interviews, and letters, addressing such subjects as her choice to remain anonymous, her literary inspirations, Italian politics and culture, and the role of the writer in modern society.
Author: Elda Buonanno
The Beach at Night
Author: Elena Ferrante
Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016" From the author of My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minù, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises. Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans.
Author: Elena Ferrante
"A deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel."-The New Yorker "The raging, tormented voice of the author is something rare."-The New York Times Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother's final days. This stylish fiction from the author of The Days of Abandonment is set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book's central motifs. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them.
Author: Elena Ferrante
Un volumen donde se recogen, en forma de cartas o entrevistas, las fuentes del trabajo de Elena Ferrante, la autora que ha fascinado a más de 5.5 millones de lectores en 42 países con su saga «Dos amigas». «¿Sabes eso de que te ronden la cabeza las notas de una pieza, y luego, cuando te pones a cantarla, la canción es totalmente distinta de la que te obsesionaba? ¿O cuando tienes muy presente la esquina de una calle pero no sabes dónde queda? Para darle un nombre a estos fragmentos uso una palabra que es de mi madre: Frantumaglia. Son cachos y pedazos que vienen de no se sabe dónde y hacen ruido, incluso molestan...» comentaba Ferrante con su editora, Sandra Ozzola en la primavera del 2015. «Frantumaglia» son los pedazos que amueblan el laboratorio de Elena Ferrante desde que empezó a escribir, a principios de los años 90, hasta hoy, cuando la crítica y el público aclaman esta figura como un clásico contemporáneo. Leer este libro es como abrir los cajones de su mesa y fijar la mirada en el cómo y por qué Ferrante escribió primero las tres novelas de Crónicas del desamor y luego la espléndida saga «Dos amigas». El texto se compone de cartas a sus editores, entrevistas y diálogos apasionados con lectores privilegiados, que han llegado hasta el fondo de la escritura de Ferrante y han entendido su «anchura». Aparecen también la infancia, las ciudades queridas por Elena, su almacén de recuerdos..., en suma, todo lo necesario para conformar el retrato de un gran autor. Sobre La frantumaglia se ha dicho... «Así, frantumaglia a frantumaglia, es decir, con fragmentos de pensamiento de altura y en un alarde de observación profunda del mundo y de la literatura, se ha construido el enigma Ferrante.[...] En La frantumaglia -Un viaje por la escritura- se recopilan entrevistas, cartas, conversaciones, confesiones, pensamientos, digresiones... Todo sobre Elena Ferrante, sin destapar a Elena Ferrante, [...] una autora que sobrevive a su propio misterio.» Yolanda Guerrero, Zenda Libros.
Author: Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante is the bestselling author of The Days of Abandonment, which the New York Times described as “stunning,” Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. Her most recent novel, the first in a trilogy, is My Brilliant Friend . Frantumaglia is a collection of interviews and letters in which she discusses her controversial decision to remain out of the public eye, her thoughts on the art of writing, and the authors and books she admires. It is a free eGift from Europa Editions.
Questo libro ci porta nel laboratorio di Elena Ferrante, ci permette di dare uno sguardo nei cassetti da cui sono usciti i suoi primi tre romanzi e poi i quattro capitoli dell’Amica geniale, offrendo un esempio di passione assoluta per la scrittura. La scrittrice risponde a non poche delle domande che le hanno fatto i suoi lettori. Dice, per esempio, perché chi scrive un libro farebbe bene a tenersi in disparte e lasciare che il testo faccia il suo corso. Dice i pensieri e le ansie di quando un romanzo diventa film. Dice com’è complicato trovare risposte in pillole alle domande di un’intervista. Dice delle gioie, delle fatiche, delle angosce di chi narra una storia e poi la scopre insufficiente. Dice dei suoi rapporti con la psicoanalisi, con le città in cui è vissuta, con l’infanzia come magazzino di mille suggestioni e fantasie, con la maternità, con il femminismo. Il risultato è l’autoritratto narrativamente vivacissimo di una scrittrice al lavoro. Nuova edizione ampliata Carte. 1991-2003 Tessere. 2003-2007 Lettere. 2011-2016
The Lost Daughter
Author: Elena Ferrante
"Elena Ferrante will blow you away."-Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones From the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante's most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle-aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrante's language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.
"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-Corriere della Sera "Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-El Mundo "Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength."-Il Manifesto "Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes."-La Stampa A national bestseller for almost an entire year, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.
Book Two in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet In 2012, Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series. With these books, which the New Yorker's James Wood described as "large, captivating, amiably peopled...a beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal," Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's most accomplished storytellers. She writes vividly about a specific neighborhood of Naples from the late-1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable young women who are very much the products of that place and time. Yet in doing so she has created a world in which readers will recognize themselves and has drawn a marvelously nuanced portrait of friendship. In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her enterée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. 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 is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment, gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.
This gorgeous companion book to the PBS series illuminates an important, overlooked part of American history. In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience. Looking beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and The Sopranos, Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana to those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as “enemy aliens” in World War II. From anarchist radicals to “Rosie the Riveter” to Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra, Dion, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, this book is both exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life. Readers can discover the history chronologically, chapter by chapter, or serendipitously by exploring the trove of supplemental materials. These include interviews, newspaper clippings, period documents, and photographs that bring the history to life.
With startling new evidence, this gripping reexamination of the Black Dahlia murder offers a definitive theory of a quintessential American crime. Los Angeles, 1947. A housewife out for a walk with her baby notices a cloud of black flies buzzing ominously in Leimert Park. An "unsightly object" is identified as the mutilated body of Elizabeth Short, an aspiring starlet from Massachusetts who had been lured west by the siren call of Hollywood. Her killer would never be found, but Short’s death would bring her the fame she had always sought. Her murder investigation transformed into a real-life film noir, featuring corrupt cops, femmes fatales, gun-slinging gangsters, and hungry reporters, replete with an irresistible, legendary moniker adapted from a recent film—The Black Dahlia. For over half a century this crime has maintained an almost mythic place in American lore as one of our most inscrutable cold cases. With the recently unredacted FBI file, newly released sections of the LAPD file, and exclusive interviews with the suspect’s family, relentless legal sleuth Piu Eatwell has gained unprecedented access to evidence and persuasively identified the culprit. Black Dahlia, Red Rose layers these findings into a gritty, cinematic retelling of the haunting tale. As Eatwell chronicles, among the first to arrive at the grisly crime scene was Aggie Underwood, the "tough-as-nails" city editor for the Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express; meanwhile, the chain-smoking city editor for the Los Angeles Examiner, Jimmy Richardson, sent out his own reporters. Eatwell reveals how, through a cutthroat race to break news and sell papers, the public image of Elizabeth Short was distorted from a violated beauty to a "man crazy delinquent." As rumors of various boyfriends circulated, the true story of the complex young woman ricocheting between jobs, lovers, and homes was lost. Instead, kitschy headlines tapped into a wider social anxiety about the city’s "girl problem," and Short’s black chiffon and smoldering gaze become a warning for "loose" women coming of age in postwar America. Applying her own background as a lawyer to the surprising new evidence, Eatwell ultimately exposes many startling clues to the case that have never surfaced in public. From the discovery of Elizabeth’s notebook, inscribed with the name of the city’s most notorious and corrupt businessman, to a valid suspect plucked from the hundreds of "confessing Sams" by a brilliant, well-meaning doctor, Eatwell compellingly captures every "big break" in the police investigation to reveal a truly viable resolution to the case. In rich, atmospheric prose, Eatwell separates fact from fantasy to expose the truth behind the sinewy networks of a noir-tinged Hollywood. Black Dahlia, Red Rose at long last accords the Elizabeth Short case its due resolution, providing a reliable and enduring account of one of the most notorious unsolved murders in American history.