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Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey

By Elena Ferrante
Translated by Ann Goldstein
Read by Hillary Huber

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441701091

  • ISBN: 9781441708403

  • ISBN: 9781441701213

Runtime: 13.85 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A World Literature Today Pick of 75 Notable Translations of 2017 

A Guardian Best Book of the Year for 2016

A Refinery29 Pick of the Best Books of 2016 So Far

Frantumaglia invites listeners into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early stand-alone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over twenty years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing.

In these pages, Ferrante answers many of her readers’ questions. She addresses her choice to stand aside and let her books live autonomous lives. She discusses her thoughts and concerns as her novels are being adapted into films. She talks about the challenge of finding concise answers to interview questions. She explains the joys and the struggles of writing, the anguish of composing a story only to discover that that story isn’t good enough. She contemplates her relationship with psychoanalysis, with the cities she has lived in, with motherhood, with feminism, and with her childhood as a storehouse for memories, impressions, and fantasies. The result is a vibrant and intimate self-portrait of a writer at work.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“For admirers of Ferrante’s work who are not particularly interested in a biographical reading of her fiction, Frantumaglia offers something else: a chance to consider her strange, spectral presence in the world of letters.” New York Times Book Review
“In Frantumaglia there are some outstanding passages of literary criticism, feminist theory, film studies, sociology, and philosophy.” Sunday Times (London)
“Elena Ferrante…has created a body of work that stands alone. This represents an entire world, made up of language, family, gesture, emotions, politics, and culture.” Washington Post
“This is a fascinating volume, as ever beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein. At times, it is as absorbing as Ferrante’s extraordinary fictions and touches on troubling unconscious matter with the same visceral intensity.” Guardian (London)
“American readers hungry for every Ferrante sentence they can get will find many here in which she lowers her knife through the bread of life.” Los Angeles Times
“A massive prank on criticism and the media: all of it done to show us how badly we read what we read, how badly women writers are treated, and how badly the press operates.” New Republic
“Ferrante’s work is not about women or friendship or abandonment: It is, rather, about a sense of the deep-down rawness of life itself—which runs like an electrical current beneath the prose.” Nation
“A feast for writers, lovers of literature, and creators of all kinds.” Booklist
“Devotees will surely pore over the bits and pieces in an effort to arrive one step closer at understanding the phenomenon that is Ferrante fever.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 13.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English