My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)
  • My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)
  • My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)
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My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback) My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)

My Brilliant Friend - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 331 Pages
Published: 05/03/2020
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Waterstones Says

The opening novel of Ferrante’s acclaimed Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend charts two best friends’ journey into adulthood in post-war Italy with greatemotional depth and luminous storytelling.  

Now a major Sky Atlantic series

We were twelve years old, but we walked along the hot streets of the neighborhood, amid the dust and flies that the occasional old trucks stirred up as they passed, like two old ladies taking the measure of lives of disappointment, clinging tightly to each other. No one understood us, only we two—I thought—understood one another.

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.

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787702226
Number of pages: 331
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“Nothing quite like it has ever been published before . . . Brilliant novels, exquisitely translated.” - Meghan O'Rourke, The Guardian

“Elena Ferrante has established herself as the foremost writer in Italy—and in the world.” - The Sunday Times

“Stunning. An intense, forensic exploration of friendship.” - The TLS

“To the uninitiated, Elena Ferrante is best described as Balzac meets The Sopranos and rewrites feminist theory.” - The Times

“Ferrante’s writing seems to say something that hasn’t been said before, in a way so compelling its readers forget where they are, abandon friends and disdain sleep.” - Joanna Biggs, LRB

“A modern classic.” - The Times

"Ferrante confronts female sexual awakening with such an absence of romantic enchantment it leaves you gasping." - The Daily Mail

"Elena Ferrante is an expert chronicler of adolescence and its many indignities, as well as its erratic, overwhelming passions." - The Observer

"Ferrante is a hypnotist." - The Spectator

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“Every bit brilliant!”

I was kindly sent a reading copy of Ferrante's first Neapolitan novel. What struck me from the outset was the beautiful writing style and evocative descriptive language Ferrante has, Naples came to life... More

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“About as good as fiction gets.”

This book is something very special, although, if pushed, I would find it very difficult to point out any one specific thing that Ferrante does better than her peers. She writes well and, while I was never really... More

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“A stark, honest exploration of friendship in 50’s Naples”

Elena Greco is endlessly fascinated by her friend Lila, the daughter of a shoemaker and a flame that everybody else in their rundown area of Naples also seems drawn to. ‘My Brilliant Friend’ explores the lives of... More

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