Fragments by Elena Ferrante
On Writing, Reading, and Absence

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It’s the diamond-cut precision and clarity with which she chooses her words that achieves their elevated impression
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Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016"

From the author of My Brilliant Friend

This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It 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 My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over 20 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.

 

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Published November 1, 2016 by Europa Editions. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 21 2016

Not a good entrance point for readers unfamiliar with the author’s work, but 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.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Oct 10 2016

...the publication of “Frantumaglia” turns out to be a hugely misguided endeavor on the part of both Ms. Ferrante and her publishers. It’s a padded, often self-indulgent volume that undermines her stated belief...

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Elaine Blair on Nov 06 2016

We will continue to have Ferrante’s novels, but we will lose the fascinating ambiguity of that other character, no less the writer’s creation than Elena Greco or Lila Cerullo: the character of Elena Ferrante, author.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by chloecushman on Nov 25 2016

It’s the diamond-cut precision and clarity with which she chooses her words that achieves their elevated impression

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Appignanesi on Oct 29 2016

I had no desire at all at the end to know who the real Ferrante is. I feel I already know. Frantumaglia has added to that knowledge and also offered up some unexpected gems.

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