At one o’clock the journalists and the literary Italian received an e-mail with a code to download the book. The idea was to have list a review of the new novel of Elena Ferrante, the mysterious author who had spent the previous five years, unpublished. The editor pointed out in the note that it was “a novel precious” –what I was going to say it– and that it took between five and six hours in reading the hitch. So most had to stay until the dawn close to the 336 pages in order to discover, among other things, that The vita bugiarda degli adults, (The life lying from adults, and/or, 2019) has nothing to do with the tetralogy of The friend great sold over 30 million copies in countries all over the world.


The mystery of Elena Ferrante arrives at Venice Elena Ferrante: “Writing is a misappropriation”

Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym of a writer who has never confirmed his identity, but several investigations attributed to Anita Raja, translator of the publishing house that publishes his books and wife of the writer to the neapolitan Domenico Starnone, whose nickname was Nino, as one of the main characters of the saga Ferrante (Nino Sarratore). A journalistic investigation in 2016 continued the invoices of the publisher of Ferrante and concluded that Raja was the one who hid behind the pseudonym. The only thing they got, however, is to cause a huge debate about the right to privacy and the harassment to which they could refer the media to specific authors. The involved ever spoke in one way or another.

beyond the mystery and the careful marketing behind each release of Ferrante, only comparable to the Harry Potter of J. K. Rowling (there’s a fervor and blind fans of her universe that is also the parent), the writer has followers like Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Jane Campion, Zadie Smith or Jonathan Safran Foer and has managed to combine the perfect recipe between entertainment and a certain literary contribution.

For the new book not to parade Lilac and Lenù, protagonists of The amiga great, but breathing an atmosphere that is like. Continues to enjoy the feminine look of the protagonist. Giovanna, a woman of 40 years, explains in first person their history from the relationship with the parents, two teachers with different social origin. The background scenery remains the Vomero, one of the neighborhoods of the upper part of Naples. The plot, such as it has published on Il Corriere della Sera, is concentrated in a short period corresponding to the adolescence of Giovanna: from 12 to 16 years. A period agitated in which your life changes, and their certainties are cracking. The parents imitated, that they had loved since they were young, are separated given rise to a love triangle that involves the family of their best friends and their daughters, which she considers as sisters.

The launch is expected in bookstores and literary events such as the time of the year. The living Room of the Turin Book, the most important of Italy, has always been dedicated to Ferrante a lot of attention. Tonight, its director, Nicola Lagioia, organizes a reading of The vita bugiarda degli adults in first with an actor and the comments of the readers. “We have always been very busy with Ferrante from the literary point of view. We are not interested in anything what is your true identity. In the literature matter works. We are not interested in the gossip home of Shakespeare, but to write Macbeth or Hamlet”, pointing to the phone.

Lagioia, who has talked on several occasions with Ferrante via e-mail, it considered that the tetralogy that the became a myth of the literature “is a classic novel, which enters the orbit of the great writers of Italian as Elsa Morante or Anna Maria Ortese, but with an interesting innovation”. “The tetralogy combines very well the complexity with readability. And that is a challenge that she throws. To publish a novel in four works is very courageous,” he says. The libraries are the best thermometer of it and hope tomorrow is a great influx of buyers.


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