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Elena Ferrante
Ann Goldstein

My Brilliant Friend: Book One of the Neapolitan Novels

 
 
Author
Elena Ferrante. Ann Goldstein, trans.
Publisher Europa Editions  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781609450786
Pages/Publication Date 331/2012
Daedalus Item Code 59849
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(Nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) This opening book in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series begins in the 1950s, in a vibrant yet violent neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, Elena Greco (Lena) and Raffaella Cerullo (Lila) learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As their paths repeatedly diverge and come together again, Lena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. 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. "Nothing quite like this has ever been published before," proclaimed London's Guardian newspaper about Ferrante's irresistibly addictive Neapolitan novels, which chronicle the era of social upheaval in postwar Naples through the consuming, lifelong friendship of Lila and Elena. Ferrante—herself an enigma, who employs a pen name and shuns publicity—has given us an epic, brutally honest saga that explores aspects of female friendship we have rarely seen in literature.

"My Brilliant Friend took my breath away. If I were president of the world I would make everyone read this book. It is so honest and right and opens up the heart to so much. Reading Ferrante reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can't look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn't know books could do this."—Elizabeth Strout

 
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