"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-Corriere della Sera "Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies ...
ccompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-El Mundo
"Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength."-Il Manifesto
"Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes."-La Stampa
A national bestseller for almost an entire year, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.
Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. Though she is one of Italy's most important and acclaimed contemporary authors, her identity is a mystery. Theories and speculation as to who Elena Ferrante really is continue to circulate; however, the author has successfully shunned public attention and has been able to keep her whereabouts and her true identity concealed. The Days of Abandonment, her second novel, is currently being made into a film by director Roberto Faenza, due for release in North America in 2006.
Forse io e Olga ci assomigliamo in certe reazioni. Percio' la sua prima reazione di fronte all'abbandono mi ha talmente preso da provare empatia, solidarieta', comprensione, immedesimazione. Ma poi lentamente ho preso le distanze da questa donna che
..." si crogiola nel dolore, che si dimentica di se' e degli altri, in una apatia che diventa malsana e malata. E ho odiato Olga. Un libro che suscita sentimenti cosi' forti e' pero' raro. Unica pecca, il finale: troppo debole in un libro cosi' forte.Continua...Nascondi
The Days of Abandonment. The importance of the title.
Titles are always underestimated. Have you aver wondered which love is troubling, fro whom, and why? And what’s abandonment? Linguistically speacking, ‘to abandon’ is a durative verb, the action described, “abandoning” like “falling”
..." lasts a moment. You abandon a book you were reading, once, in a single moment, in the same way you, bum, fall. You can read for an hour (“to read” is in fact a durative verb), but you can’t fall or abandon something/someone for an hour. Ferrante however, is able to turn abandonment, from an event, into a phenomena. Abandonment is the act of leaving wife and children, but also the woman abandoning herself to sorrow, her sudden falling into the abyss of depression. Like the Iliad is not the story of the war of Troy but the narration of Achilles’ rage, in the same way “The Days of Abandonment” is not a story about marriage or motherhood, but the narration of an “abandonment affair” as the protagonist says. Themes such are marriage, cheating, motherhood, single parenting, the descriptions of the unfaithful husband, his lover, children, daily trouble, are part of the story, but not the story. A great and cruel portray of depression and its effects on daily life: everything is filtered, transformed by abandonment and grief, with its five stages, especially rage and depression. The plot is simple, rather ordinary. Or even the same old story: man-leave-wife-for-a-younger-woman. Ma the plot is not the narration. Famous-warrior-leaves-the-battle, was not a very original plot either, but Homer was a greta writer and with that plot made a masterpiece.Continua...Nascondi
La Ferrante (è il nostro primo incontro) riesce a costruire un microcosmo di gesti e sensazioni che sembrano quasi perduti. In questo libro tutto quanto è palpabile. Sicuramente leggerò "L'amica geniale" a questo punto. Adoro lo stile. Solo che,
..." ed ecco il perché delle tre stelle, questo era un po' troppo caricato per i miei gusti. Non che fosse oggettivamente esagerato, però son sicura che saprò apprezzarla ancora di più in futuro.Continua...Nascondi
In crisi di astinenza nera, dopo essermi iniettato la strepitosa trilogia dell'amica geniale in pochi giorni, mi sono fiondato su questo altro Elena Ferrante, sperando di alleviare i sintomi. Beh, che dire: bello, profondo, vero, verista quasi nel
..." descrivere i sentimenti, coinvolgente (letto in due giorni)...Sì, OK, ma la trilogia di Lenuccia e Lila sta su un altro pianeta, lontano. Continua...Nascondi