The New York Times: Intervju med Elena Ferrante

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The Days of Abandonment av Elena Ferrante (Europa editions, 2005)

”I’m a storyteller. I’ve always been more interested in storytelling than in writing. Even today, Italy has a weak narrative tradition. Beautiful, magnificent, very carefully crafted pages abound, but not the flow of storytelling that despite its density manages to sweep you away. A bewitching example is Elsa Morante. I try to learn from her books, but I find them unsurpassable.”

”My women are strong, educated, self-aware and aware of their rights, just, but at the same time subject to unexpected breakdowns, to subservience of every kind, to mean feelings. I’ve also experienced this oscillation. I know it well, and that also affects the way I write.”

Citerat ur ”‘Writing Has Always Been a Great Struggle for Me‘”, en mejlintervju av Rachel Donadio med Elena Ferrante, New York Times 9 december 2014. En väldigt fin intervju med det italienska författarfenomenet Elena Ferrante, som får Thomas Pynchon att framstå som bara lite halvhemlig, dessutom är Elena Ferrante antagligen en pseudonym. Det verkar inte direkt ha hindrat henne från att nå kultstatus, inte minst bland kvinnliga läsare.


Troubling Love av Elena Ferrante (Europa editions, 2006)

”The Italian writer Elena Ferrante’s gripping novels about the rich and complex lives of women — as mothers, daughters, wives, writers — have won her a devoted cult following. After several years of growing critical favor, her readership reached new levels this fall with the release of ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,’ the third volume in her series of Naples novels, which recount the lifelong friendship of two women.”

Citerat ur ”Scant Clues to a Secret Identity” av Rachel Donadio i New York Times, 9 december 2014.


The Story of a Name av Elena Ferrante (Europa editions, 2013)

‘”Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’ is the story of a furious friendship, and the internal violence suffered by two women set against the turbulent landscape of a fractured Italy. Elena and Lila grow up, their lives converge and diverge, they have children, they share a passion for the same man, they leave their husbands. But essentially, this is a woman’s story told with such truthfulness that it is not so much a life observed as it is felt. The reader is ransacked and steps back into the world gingerly, with lingering questions about estrangement and belonging.”

Citerat ur recension ”A Connection as Vital as It Is Toxic” av Amy Rowland i New York Times, 17 september 2014.

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay av Elena Ferrante (Europa editions, 2014)

”As soon as you read her fiction, Ferrantes restraint seems wisely self-protective. Her novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader.”

Citerat ur ”Women on the Verge” av James Wood i New Yorker, 21 januari 2013. Mycket fin artikel om Ferrantes författarskap. Man får alltid lust att läsa nya romaner när man läser James Wood, om han varit på gott humör.

Elena Ferrantes officiella hemsida.

Om jag vore förläggare skulle jag överväga att ge ut Ferrante, hon och hennes böcker verkar väldigt spännande, även om man bortser från hemlighetsmakerierna.

Ola Wihlke

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