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Frantumaglia

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

One of The Guardian’s Best Books of the Year: Personal writings by the anonymous author who became a literary phenomenon with My Brilliant Friend.
 
The writer known as Elena Ferrante has taken pains to hide her identity in the hope that readers would focus on her body of work. But in this volume, she invites us into Elena Ferrante’s workshop and 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 the Neapolitan Novels, the New York Times–bestselling “enduring masterpiece” (The Atlantic).
 
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 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.
 
“Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.” —The Boston Globe

5 Reviews

3.5
““Lucas: Who is Elena Ferrante, writer? How would you define her? Ferrante: Elena Ferrante? Thirteen letters; no more or less. Her definition is all there.” “I think it depends on the fact that, when I write, it’s as if I were butchering eels. I pay little attention to the unpleasantness of the operation and use the plot, the characters, as a tight net to pull up from the depths of my experience everything that is alive and writhing, including what I myself have driven away as far as possible because it seemed unbearable.” 9/10”
“Finally finished this after catching up on all her backlist. I enjoyed some of the earlier interviews but at a certain point it became very tedious to see her answer the same irrelevant questions about her identity over and over again. What a nightmare. Who cares in the slightest apart from journalists who want to criticise her appearance? None of this is her fault of course.”
“Frantumaglia passou a fazer parte do meu vocabulario. Este livro é um conjunto de cartas trocadas com editores, leitores e entrevistas dadas a varios jornais e revistas literarias do mundo. Se eu, leitora, cansei so de ler quantas vezes ela teve que responder o porquê ela escolheu um pseudônimo e nao quer aparecer em publico, imagine ela... Aumentou a minha lista de livros para ler, peguei nomes de varias autoras italianas. Ela gosta de Clarice Lispector, Elsa Morante, Virginia Woolf e Alice Munro e eu também. #FerranteFever”

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