Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels

by Elena Ferrante, Dimitra Dotsi

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Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante's fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has grown enormously. She has gained admirers among authors--Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud, to name a few--and critics--James Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson, for example. But her most resounding success has undoubtedly been with readers, who have discovered in Ferrante a writer who speaks with great power and beauty of the mysteries of belonging, human relationships, love, family, and friendship. In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her abusive husband and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which have opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women have pushed 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 during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789601672915
Publisher: S. Patakis
Publication date: 04/06/2017
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
File size: 724 KB

About the Author

Elena Ferrante είναι το λογοτεχνικό ψευδώνυμο μιας σύγχρονης ιταλίδας συγγραφέως που η πραγματική της ταυτότητα δεν έχει αποκαλυφθεί. Το μυθιστόρημά της "L amore molesto" ("Βάναυση αγάπη", ελλ. εκδ. Perugia, 1997), έγινε ταινία το 1995 από τον σκηνοθέτη Mario Martone. Το επόμενο μυθιστόρημά της, "Μέρες εγκατάλειψης" (ελλ. εκδ. Άγρα, 2004), ήταν ένα από τα πιο επιτυχημένα λογοτεχνικά έργα στην Ιταλία το 2002, στο οποίο βασίστηκε η οµώνυµη ταινία του Μάριο Μαρτόνε. Έχει γράψει µεταξύ άλλων το βιβλίο "La frantumaglia, στο οποίο αφηγείται τη συγγραφική της εµπειρία, καθώς κι ένα διήγηµα για παιδιά". Το 2011 εκδόθηκε το πρώτο βιβλίο της Tετραλογίας της Νάπολης µε τίτλο "Η υπέροχη φίλη µου" (ελλ. εκδ. Πατάκης, 2016) που κατέκτησε παγκοσµίως κοινό και κριτικούς.

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