Showing all posts tagged: Elena Ferrante
10 January 2023
Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.
Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
But yeah, so what.
3 April 2022
In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing is a must read for fans of Italian author Elena Ferrante. In four essays, she writes about becoming an author, her influences, and struggles, which included developing a voice, which Johanna Thomas-Corr, writing for The Guardian, notes:
Ferrante has been acclaimed for her “singular”, “uncompromising” voice, and her “ruthless” honesty. But what emerges from the first lecture, Pain and Pen, is just how cramped and conflicted she felt trying to develop this voice. It was an agonising negotiation between a “compliant” style of writing that stayed “diligently within the margins” and a more “impetuous” approach, which allows “unexpected truth” to spill out on to the page.
8 March 2022
A trailer for season three of the HBO produced series My Brilliant Friend, based on Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third novel of the four part Neapolitan Novels series, written by Italian author Elena Ferrante, between 2011 and 2014.
And in case you (somehow) missed it, a Netflix made teaser for the in production Lying Life of Adults series, based on Ferrante’s 2019 novel of the same name, which is coming to a screen near you maybe later this year.
20 October 2021
The Lost Daughter (trailer), a film adaptation of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, starring Olivia Colman. That’s a whole lot of awesome in one regular size sentence.