Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Three

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Three

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Since the publication of the acclaimed My Brilliant Friend and The Story of A New Name, Elena Ferrante's reputation has grown enormously. Her novels about the friendship between Lila and Elena, about the mysteries of human relationships, are utterly compelling.
In Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the two protagonists are now in their thirties. Lila, married at sixteen, has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage, and has now joined the workforce. Elena has left the neighbourhood in Naples, been to university, and published a successful novel, all of which has brought her into a wealthier, more cultured world. Both women are seizing opportunities to flee a life of poverty, ignorance and submission. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by an unbreakable bond.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 31mm | 392g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 1925240029
  • 9781925240023
  • 4,495

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'The best thing I've read this year, far and away...She puts most other writing at the moment in the shade. She's marvellous.' -- Richard Flanagan 'Ferrante's novels are deeply personal and intimate, getting to the very heart of what it means to be a woman, a friend, a daughter, a mother.' * Debrief Daily * `There is nothing soft or easy about these books. They are almost rebarbative in their refusal to be nice. They are also captivating in their high intelligence, their evocation of the still-powerful past, and their propulsive narrative drive.' * Sunday Age * `The Neapolitan series stands as a testament to the ability of great literature to challenge, flummox, enrage and excite as it entertains.' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'The best angry woman writer ever.' -- John Waters 'Ferrante's project is bold: her books chronicle the inner conflicts of intelligent women...Her writing has a powerful intimacy...a bona fide literary sensation-the famous writer nobody knows.' * Guardian UK * 'it is a testament to Ferrante's achievement that, at the end of this third book and anticipating the fourth, it seems there's limitless potential for Lina to reinvent herself again... Lina's golden talent could wear thin as a device in the hands of a less skilled writer, but the story that follows over the decades from the friends' childhood is too well realised - and too well populated with memorable characters - for this to be a problem.' * Times Literary Supplement * 'Elena Ferrante's magnificent "Neopolitan novels" trace the relationship between two headstrong Italian women...But these books are more than autobiography by other means. They also look outward, offering a dissection of Italian society that is almost Tolstoyan in its sweep and ambition. They are, into the bargain, extraordinarily gripping entertainment; the plot in this latest instalment twists and turns, like a Naples alleyway, towards a sequel-enabling conclusion. Novel by novel, Ferrante's series is building into one of the great achievements of modern literature.' * Independent UK * 'When I read [the Neapolitan novels] I find that I never want to stop. I feel vexed by the obstacles-my job, or acquaintances on the subway-that threaten to keep me apart from the books. I mourn separations (a year until the next one-how?). I am propelled by a ravenous will to keep going.' * New Yorker * 'Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time. Her voice is passionate, her view sweeping and her gaze basilisk...In these bold, gorgeous, relentless novels, Ferrante traces the deep connections between the political and the domestic. This is a new version of the way we live now-one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman.' * New York Times Sunday Book Review * 'Great novels are intelligent far beyond the powers of any character or writer ot individual readers, as are great friendships, in their way. These wonderful books sit at the heart of that mystery, with the warmth and power of both.' * Harper's * 'Nothing you read about Elena Ferrante's work prepares you for the ferocity of it...This is a woman's story told with such truthfulness that it is not so much a life observed as it is felt.' * New York Times * 'In the past decade, no fiction writer has made it more necessary to think about the performative aspect of being a woman than Elena Ferrante. Her novels, written originally in Italian and translated beautifully by Ann Goldstein, are ferociously engaged with the ways in which a woman-as a daughter, a teenager, a lover, and, most dramatically, a mother-is a kind of person in drag, speaking through a costume that slowly becomes all that one knows of her...It's Ferrante's ability to capture both the mirror and the woman standing before it that makes her a writer to be reckoned with.' -- James Freeman 'Ferrante is an expert above all at the rhythm of plotting...Whether it's work, family, friends or sex-and Ferrante, perhaps thanks to her anonymity as an author, is blisteringly good on bad sex-our greatest mistakes in life aren't isolated acts; we rehearse them over and over until we get them as badly wrong as we can.' * Independent * '[Ferrante's] charting of the rivalries and sheer inscrutability of female friendship is raw. This is high stakes, subversive literature.' * Sunday Telegraph * 'Those Who Leave is as expansive and broad as it is intimate...Ferrante writes with the kind of power saved for weather systems with female names, sparing no one, and Those Who Stay is a tour de force. I don't want to read anything else.' * 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, 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, as well as Frantumaglia, a selection of interviews, letters and occasional writings. 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 anda recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.
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