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My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

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My Brilliant Friend, the first installment of the Neapolitan Novels is a captivating exploration of friendship, identity, and the complexities of girlhood. Set against the backdrop of 1950's Naples, Ferrante's rich prose and intricate character development draw readers into the lives of Elena and Lila, two girls navigating the challenges of their neighborhood and their evolving friendship. As a summer read, it offers a perfect blend of immersive storytelling and thought-provoking themes, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a compelling and evocative literary experience to accompany lazy summer days.

OVER 5 MILLION COPIES SOLD IN ENGLISH WORLDWIDE
OVER 14 MILLION COPIES OF THE NEAPOLITAN QUARTET SOLD WORLDWIDE

GUARDIAN 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY

From one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, comes this ravishing and generous-hearted novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, as their friendship, beautifully and meticulously rendered, becomes a not always perfect shelter from hardship. Ferrante has created a memorable portrait of two women, but My Brilliant Friend is also the story of a nation. Through the lives of Elena and Lila, Ferrante gives her readers the story of a city and a country undergoing momentous change.

“Nothing quite like it has ever been published.”—Guardian

“Elena Ferrante has established herself as the foremost writer in Italy—and the world.”—The Sunday Times

“This is high stakes, subversive literature.”—The Telegraph

Translated by Ann Goldstein
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 05 Mar 2020
Dimensions: 129 x 197 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9781787702226