Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Neapolitan Quartet (Paperback)Elena Ferrante (author), Ann Goldstein (translator)
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"Nothing quite like this has ever been published before."-The Guardian
"This is high stakes, subversive literature."-The Daily Telegraph
"With the publication of her Neapolitan Novels, (Ferrante) has established herself as the foremost writer in Italy-and the world."-The Sunday Times
"An unconditional masterpiece . . . I was totally enthralled."-Jhumpa Lahiri
"An extraordinary epic."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"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."-London Review of Books
"Stunning. An intense, forensic exploration of friendship."-The Times Literary Supplement
Set in the late 1960s and the 1970s, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay continues the story of the feisty and rebellious Lila and her lifelong friend, the brilliant and bookish Elena. Lila, after separating from her husband, is living with her young son in a new neighbourhood of Naples and working at a local factory. Elena has left Naples, earned a degree from an elite college, and published a novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned and fascinating interlocutors. The era, with its dramatic changes in sexual politics and social costumes, with its seemingly limitless number of new possibilities, is rendered with breathtaking vigour. This third Neapolitan Novel is not only a moving story of friendship but also a searing portrait of a rapidly changing world.
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
"There is a savage honesty to the work of Elena Ferrante that is both unsettling and comforting at once. Here is an author who has poured every ounce of herself onto the page."* Irish Times *
The older you get, the harder it is to recapture the intoxicating sense of discovery that comes when you first read George Eliot, Nabokov, Tolstoy or Colette. But this year it came again when I read Elena Ferrante's remarkable Neapolitan novels, chronicling a friendship between two women, Lila and Elena, that lasts for more than six decades.
"Tolstoyan in its sweep and ambition.... Novel by novel, Ferrante's series is building into one of the great achievements of modern literature."* The Independent *
"Ferrante depicts the pain of uncertainty but also its potential."* The Times Literary Supplement *
"Nothing you read about Elena Ferrante's work prepares you for the ferocity of it."* The New York Times *
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“"Each of us narrates our life as it suits us." - Lila Cerullo”
By now I am completely invested in The Neapolitan Novels. This, the third book in the series is as absorbing as the two before it. Elena and Lila are in their mid twenties to early thirties and are struggling with... More
“Can Ferrante Only Write Must-Reads?”
Like the two previous books, this third Naepolitan novel is a literary masterpiece.
“The Quartet Continues”
The third book in the series and here family life is at the forefront with the usual wonderful literary flourish. The author achieves the ability to paint gloriously vivid pictures of the story in the mind of the... More
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