Whether you are a feverish fan of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet hoping to feed your habit or new to the Ferrante universe, you won’t be disappointed by any of the events listed here.
My Brilliant Friend is now a play by BBC Radio 4
From the book by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein. Dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Directed by Celia de Wolff. A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
Shelter in Place
An Interview with Alexander Maksik
“I have always been drawn to art because it is an utterly lawless world, limited only by a person’s courage and imagination. So what do I shy away from? Cowardice. I revile cowardice in art. I revile the idea that we should be writing benign and careful books." A. Maksik
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Elena Ferrante, the bestselling pseudonymous Italian author, has been published in 39 countries. Her wish to conceal her identity was dramatically undermined earlier this month, however, when an Italian journalist “outed” her as the Rome-based translator Anita Raja. “I...
— The Evening Standard, Oct 28 2016
This day in a life of a gay man under a post-Arab spring dictatorship is as compelling as it is insightful
— The Guardian, Oct 28 2016
Alessandro Baricco, born in Turin in 1958, is an important figure on the Italian literary scene, not just for his own books – six of which are available in English – but also because of his founding of the Holden School (named after Salinger’s character in Catcher in the...
— Three Monkeys Online, Oct 28 2016
Francesca Melandri‘s debut novel Eva Dorme (English language title: Eva Sleeps), was snapped up by Italian publisher Mondadori within days of being read by it’s chief editor – a clever decision as the book has become a best-seller, winner of an Elle magazine book of the...
— Three Monkeys Online, Oct 27 2016
This neat, pocket-sized novel packs a real punch.
— Best Translated Book Awards, Oct 27 2016
From a time before I can remember, I’ve refused to wear buttons. No one knows why. All I know is what my mother told me—that when I was about two years old I had a shirt I would not wear until she cut off the buttons. Did I cry or throw a tantrum? What did I say? My mother...
— Hazlitt, Oct 27 2016
The author of the international best-selling Neapolitan quartet is frank about her choice to remain anonymous, beginning with her first publication in 1991. When her publishers asked how she planned to help promote her first novel, Troubling Love, she wrote, “I do not intend...
— BBC.com, Oct 27 2016
A Prix Senghor 2015 winner by Tehran-born Reza, who came to France as a teenager in the 1980s, this debut opens in a remote mountain village in 1920s Iran. When teenage Sardar marries barely pubescent Talla and takes her away to live on the outskirts of Tehran, she becomes the...