My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante (Paperback)

Childhood, Adolescence

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Product Details

Barcode
9781609450786
Department
Books
Released
25 Sep 2012
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elena Ferrante
Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Subtitle
Childhood, Adolescence
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Original
Series
My Brilliant Friend
Language
English
Number of Pages
331
Dimensions
216 x 133 x 25mm (408g)

Annotation

  • Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.
  • Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) Original. 50,000 first printing.

Summary

  • A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.
     
    The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.
     
    Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Female friendship; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Friendship
Library Subject 3
Naples (Italy)
Academic Subject 1
Italian (Language) Contemporary Fiction
Dewey Classification
853/.914

Author Bio

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.