Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9781933372006
Department
Books
Released
1 Sep 2005
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elena Ferrante
Ann Goldstein
Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Language
English
Number of Pages
188
Dimensions
210 x 140 x 13mm (227g)

Annotation

Once an aspiring writer, Olga traded literary ambition for marriage and motherhood; when Mario dumps her after 15 years, she is utterly unprepared. Though she tells herself that she is a competent woman, nothing like the poverella (poor abandoned wife) that mothers whispered about in her childhood, Olga falls completely apart. Routine chores overwhelm her; she neglects her appearance and forgets her manners; she throws herself at the older musician downstairs; she sees the poverella's ghost. After monthsof self-pity, anger, doubt, fury, desperation and near madness, her acknowledgments of weaknesses in the marriage feel as earned as they are unsurprising.

Summary

  • From the New York Times–bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend, this novel of a deserted wife’s descent into despair—and rage—is “a masterpiece” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

    The Days of Abandonment is the gripping story of an Italian woman’s experiences after being suddenly left by her husband after fifteen years of marriage. With two young children to care for, Olga finds it more and more difficult to do the things she used to: keep a spotless house, cook meals with creativity and passion, refrain from using obscenities. After running into her husband with his much-younger new lover in public, she cannot even refrain from assaulting him physically.

    In a “raging, torrential voice” (The New York Times), Olga conveys her journey from denial to devastating emptiness—and 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.

    “Intelligent and darkly comic.” —Publishers Weekly

    “Remarkable, lucid, austerely honest.” —The New Yorker

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Contemporary Women
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Psychological
BISAC Subject 4
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Italy
Library Subject 2
Identity (Psychology)
Library Subject 3
Desertion and non-support
Dewey Classification
853/.92

Author Bio

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. Though she is one of Italy's most important and acclaimed contemporary authors, her identity is a mystery. Theories and speculation as to who Elena Ferrante really is continue to circulate, however the author has successfully shunned public attention and been able to keep her whereabouts, and her true identity, concealed.