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Fragments is a riveting compilation, over the course of her writing career, of Elena Ferrante's letters to her publisher, interviews with editors and journalists, and responses to readers' questions. For fans of Ferrante, and for fans of writing, this is essential reading. Her comments have the ring of truth and the power of wisdom. This is a woman who not only knows her own mind, she can see deep into ours, too.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 34mm | 510g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1925240541
  • 9781925240542
  • 379,013

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`Ferrante writes well about writing, publishing and literature, and I recommend Frantumaglia to writers and those interested in her books...It was an unexpectedly helpful companion through the grief and fear of one hell of a month. Thank you, Elena, whoever you are.' * Zew Zealand Listener * `A fascinating companion piece, both to the remarkable novels Ferrante has written and to the ongoing discussion about the author's real identity...Her fans should be grateful for this highly readable, insightful resource.' * Herald Sun * `An absorbing explanation of why this writer insists on anonymity, and also reveals a lot about the inspiration for and thinking behind her remarkable novels.' * Australian * `We guarantee all the cool girls will be clutching Frantumaglia.' * Marie Claire * `Cumulatively these fragments offer fascinating insights into Ferrante's working methods and artistic purpose.' * Times Literary Supplement * `Rendering real women, with their fraught relationships and anger, joy, anxieties, disappointment and sadness, has always been where Ferrante is at her most authentic; where she is her most truthful. But in Frantumaglia, her first work of non-fiction, the reader finds one of Ferrante's most convincing works of fiction: Elena Ferrante.' * The Muse * `That this is a must have for fans of Ferrante goes without saying, but it will also be of interest to those with a curiosity about the art and act of writing. The collection reveals Ferrante's thoughts on a multitude of topics from feminism, the importance of fiction, and motherhood. Allowing a glimpse into the mind of one of Italy's most acclaimed writers in the process.' * AU Review * `Ferociously meticulous, exacting, and direct...It is precisely [Ferrante's] capacity for cruelty, for helping us locate the violence inert in everyday life (particularly within the bourgeois social strata) that qualifies Ferrante for her readers' devotion. Through her violence we, her readers, become vital and vigilant creatures.' * Lifted Brow * `Frantumaglia is never less than compelling and we read with a similar desire to recognise a pattern...The letters are presented without introduction, and as we read we're curious to know how they fit into the larger picture.' * Australian * 'What gives these novels their prominent place on the literary map at this moment is the intensity of Elena Ferrante's writing: in and of itself a force of nature. With or without permission, the writing sucks the reader into its orbit, and there one remains to the end. It's a remarkable performance, one that speaks directly to a moment in Western culture avid for naked, memoirish storytelling, and it has made her world-famous... Whoever she is, when she sits down to write she wholly inhabits the narrating persona she has chosen for the tale that she has come to tell.' -- Vivian Gornick * The Nation * `For admirers of Ferrante's work who are not particularly interested in a biographical reading of her fiction, Frantumaglia offers something else: a chance to consider her strange, spectral presence in the world of letters.' * New York Times * 'Over the decades of interviews in Frantumaglia a portrait emerges if not of the artist herself then of Elena Ferrante's writing process and aim: to give order to the frantumaglia however provisional
and arrive at a literary truth through story.' * Hazlitt * 'In Frantumaglia Ferrante asserts the most fundamental and important truth of who she is: that she is someone who will do only as she will and nothing else. That is what is at stake for all women. And the stakes as Ferrante knows have never been higher.' * New Republic * `The book exquisitely translated by Ann Goldstein of the New Yorker opens a window on to the life of one of the most mysterious writers at work in Italy today.' * Evening Standard * 'This is a fascinating volume, as ever beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein. At times, it is as absorbing as Ferrante's extraordinary fictions and touches on troubling unconscious matter with the same visceral intensity. For those who can't wait for the next Ferrante fiction to sink into, it provides a stopgap.' * Guardian * `The material collected here further reveals Ferrante as a remarkable writer and deeply original thinker across a range of subjects but particularly on writing, the importance of fiction, feminism and motherhood. One hopes that the recent `unmasking' of her identity will not eclipse the importance of this book; certainly, true fans will not be disappointed. She addresses her reasons for privacy within these pages intelligently and convincingly and cautions `I remain Ferrante or I no longer publish'. This extraordinary collection of frantumaglia gives us far greater insight into her novels than any speculation about her `real' identity.' * Readings * `The collection promises insightful observations from Ferrante on subjects such as feminism and politics, her literary aspirations, her decision to be published anonymously, and the role of the writer and publisher in today's world' * Books+Publishing * `In her own exceedingly quotable words, drawing on myth, theory, philosophy, and, of course, literature, the author reveals herself in her multitudes: she is kind and good-humored, self-deprecating and apologetic, flinty and unwavering...While this collection will be most enticing to those already reading Ferrante, it's also a feast for writers, lovers of literature, and creators of all kinds.' * Booklist * `Readers hungry for every Ferrante sentence they can get will find many here in which she lowers her knife through the bread of life with the same startling force as she does in her novels.' * LA Times *
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About Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of seven novels- The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the quartet of Neapolitan novels- My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. Frantugmalia, a selection of interviews, letters and occasional writings by Ferrante, was published in 2016. She is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors.

Ann Goldstein has translated all of Elena Ferrante's work. She is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.
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