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Elena Ferrante  [ Italy ]

Biography

Portrait Ferrante
Copyright Suhrkamp

Guest 2016, 2017.

Bibliography

Lästige Liebe

S. Fischer

Frankfurt a. M., 1994

[Ü: Stefan Wendt]

Meine geniale Freundin

Band 1 der Neapolitanischen Saga (Kindheit und Jugend)

Suhrkamp

Berlin 2016

[Ü: Karin Krieger]

Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens

Band 2 der Neapolitanischen Saga

Suhrkamp

Berlin 2017

[Ü: Karin Krieger]

Die Geschichte der getrennten Wege

Band 3 der Neapolitanischen Saga

Suhrkamp

Berlin 2017

[Ü: Karin Krieger]

Die Geschichte des verlorenen Kindes

Band 4 der Neapolitanischen Saga

Suhrkamp

Berlin 2017

[Ü: Karin Krieger]

Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym of a female writer, who writes in Italian.

Her debut novel »L’amore molesto« (Eng. »Troubling Love«, 2006), which appeared in 1992, is about a young woman who, in dealing with the unclear circumstances of her mother’s death, also confronts her past and origins in a large Neapolitan family. It was not until ten years later that Ferrante considered another manuscript worthy of publication. One half of the book »I giorni dell’ abbandono« (Eng. »The Days of Abandonment«, 2005) describe a single day: the first-person narrator has unexpectedly been left by her husband and now questions her whole life – her family life, her role as a mother, her identity – while slipping toward madness. In her 2006 novel »La figlia oscura« (Eng. »The Lost Daughter«, 2008) the author again addresses the question of what is to be considered appropriate or inappropriate in the sense of practical reason; according to a review in the »Neue Zürcher Zeitung« she anchors this question with psychological subtlety and far from all clichés in a context of deep symbolic meaning. The story focuses on a successful, middle-aged woman, whose grown children have just left home. During her beach vacation she observes Nina, a young mother, and her baby daughter and becomes aware of the price she has had to pay for her own life. Ferrante’s most recent work »Storia della bambina perduta « (2014, Eng. »The Story of the Lost Child«, 2015) is the forth in a quartet titled the »Neapolitan Novels« that began in 2011 with »L’amica geniale« (Eng. »My Brilliant Friend«, 2012).

In 2015 the BBC selected »L’amica geniale« as one of the twenty-first century’s most significant works to date. The English edition of »The Story of the Lost Child« was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016.

[http://elenaferrante.com]

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