The Days of Abandonment (Paperback)

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
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I've been hit with 'Ferrante Fever' ever since I started reading her Neopolitan series in the fall of 2014.  Ferrante is an elegant writer who has a masterful ability to capture those fleeting everyday thoughts in just the right way.  In Days of Abandonment Ferrante's prose shines even more intensely--it's raw, at times terrifying, and emotionally charged.  After her husband leaves her, Olga struggles to reestablish the life she's put on hold to become a wife and mother.  Fighting against regret, the agony of love and life lost, and the summer heat, she must relearn how to take care of her children, and more importantly, herself.

-- Devon

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From the author of My Brilliant Friend

"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 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.

About the Author

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933372006
ISBN-10: 1933372001
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005
Pages: 188
Language: English