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Frantumaglia : a writer's journey

by Ferrante, Elena,

Format: Print Book 2016
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One of The Guardian 's Best Books of the Year: Personal writings by the anonymous author who became a literary phenomenon with My Brilliant Friend .

The writer known as Elena Ferrante has taken pains to hide her identity in the hope that readers would focus on her body of work. But in this volume, she invites us into Elena Ferrante's workshop and offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk--those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of the Neapolitan Novels, the New York Times -bestselling "enduring masterpiece" ( The Atlantic ).

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.

"Everyone should read anything with Ferrante's name on it." -- The Boston Globe

Papers, 1991-2003
Tesserae, 2003-2007
Letters, 2011-2016.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One could open Frantumaglia, practically let the pages fall where they may, and land on a passage where the notoriously private Ferrante (author of the Neopolitan tetralogy that began with My Brilliant Friend, 2012, as well as three previous novels) confirms, asserts, or explains her reasons for writing under a pseudonym and avoiding the media. In fact, the book makes the media-fueled mystery surrounding Ferrante's identity (just last week the New York Review of Books ran an Italian journalist's seeming unmasking of the author) a definitively unnecessary distraction: she's right here. Its title is the word Ferrante's mother used to explain bits and pieces whose origin is difficult to pinpoint, and which make a noise in your head, sometimes causing discomfort, and Frantumaglia collects the author's correspondence with her Italian publishers, letters sent (and left unsent) to directors of film adaptations of her books, unpublished or rewritten passages of her early novels, responses to readers' questions, and many formal interviews that were conducted over email or through her publisher. (A previous version of the book, bearing the same title and comprised solely of this book's first section, was published in Italy over a decade ago, before the publication of the Neopolitan Novels. Until now only excerpts of that previous version have been available in English. This version publishes in the U.S. alongside her forthcoming children's picture book, The Beach at Night).The book divides Ferrante's 25-year career as a published author into three sections, and lacks a more specific table of contents, a foreword, or an afterword. Words that aren't the author's appear primarily to contextualize her responses to them. For example, five questions from an Italian journal yield a response of nearly 70 pages. Ferrante expresses some embarrassment for her endless letter, but clarifies that I have no desire to make a shorter, publishable version, and sends it to her publisher anyway: The passionate writer always needs an audience of at least one reader. In her own exceedingly quotable words, drawing on myth, theory, philosophy, and, of course, literature, the author reveals herself in her multitudes: she is kind and good-humored, self-deprecating and apologetic, flinty and unwavering. Foremost and repeatedly, she expresses generosity to and respect for readers, without whom her books the only part of her public persona that matters; the only part of herself she ever intended to be public are meaningless. While this collection will be most enticing to those already reading Ferrante, it's also a feast for writers, lovers of literature, and creators of all kinds.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Ferrante, Elena.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2016
Other Titles Frantumaglia.
Language English
Notes Subtitle from dust jacket.
Description 384 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781609452926
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