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My brilliant friend

Author: Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein
Publisher: New York, New York : Europa Editions, 2012. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante' s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein
ISBN: 9781609450786 1609450787 9781609455064 1609455061
OCLC Number: 778419313
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: "Book one, Childhood, Adolescence."
Awards: Short-listed for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015
Description: 331 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Index of characters --
Prologue: Eliminating all the traces --
Childhood: the story of Don Achille --
Adolescence: the story of the shoes --
About the author.
Other Titles: Amica geniale (Novel).
Responsibility: Elena Ferrante ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein.

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Overview: A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante' s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood 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 they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

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