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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One (Paperback)
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Add to cart This item ships to the USA. This item ships within 1 business day. Overview Reviews Book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, "one of the great novelists of our time. Two words: Read it. The Neapolitan novels offer one of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory—from the make-up and break-up quarrels of young girls to the way in which we carefully define ourselves against each other as teens—Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change.
She is a fierce writer. Ferrante writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency that is a celebration of anger. Ferrante is terribly good with anger, a very specific sort of wrath harbored by women, who are so often not allowed to give voice to it.
The Italian author has written six lavishly praised novels. But she writes under a pseudonym and will not offer herself for public consumption. Her characters likewise defy convention. Her prose is crystal, and her storytelling both visceral and compelling. The thing most real in these novels is the intense, almost osmotic relationship that unites Elena and Lila, the two girls from a neighborhood in Naples who are the peerless protagonists of the Neapolitan novels.
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Elena Ferrante, alone, seems able to do it. There is no writer better suited to composing the great Italian novel of her generation, her country, and her time than she. In a world often held prisoner to minimalism, her writing is extremely powerful, earthy, and audacious. She does so with a style that recalls an enchanted spider web with its expressive power and the wizardry with which it creates an entire world. Her gritty, ruthlessly frank novels roar off the page with a barbed fury, like an attack that is also a defense.
My Brilliant Friend journeys fearlessly into some of that murkier psychological territory where questions of individual identity are inextricable from circumstance and the ever-changing identities of others. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their devotion and deceit, these girls enchant and repulse, like life, like our very selves. It is clear that her novel is the child of Italian neorealism and an abiding fascination with scene. Search our shelves Search. Advanced Search.
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan, book 1) by Elena Ferrante
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