Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

Cover: My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

2012, pp. 336, e-Book
ISBN: 9781787701151
Translated by: Ann Goldstein
Region: Italy
Paper Paper Paper
£ 11.99
Where to buy Where to buy Where to buy

The book

Book One of the Neapolitan Novels

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. Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a quartet, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

The author

Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), and the four novels known as the Neapolitan Quartet (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) which were published by Europa Editions between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018. Ferrante is also the author of Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (Europa, 2016), a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016), and a collection of personal essays illustrated by Andrea Ucini entitled Incidental Inventions (Europa, 2019). The Lost Daughter will be made into a feature film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman.

Reviews

Books by region

  • Cover: What's Progress - Aldo Schiavone

    Aldo Schiavone

    What's Progress

    2021, pp. 128, £ 11.99
    Does it still make sense to talk about progress?
  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: Tonight is Already Tomorrow - Lia Levi

    Lia Levi

    Tonight is Already Tomorrow

    2021, pp. 224, £ 12.99
    The tragic history of mid-century Europe told through the lives of ordinary people
  • Cover: Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty - Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty

    2020, pp. 320, £ 14.99
    World-famous architect Renzo Piano and his son Carlo set sail from Genoa one late Summer day, guided by the ancestral desire felt by many explorers...
  • Cover: The Night in Gethsemane - Massimo Recalcati

    Massimo Recalcati

    The Night in Gethsemane

    2020, pp. 80, £ 10.99
    In The Night in Gethsemane, Massimo Recalcati, one of Italy’s highest regarded psychoanalysts, traces the relationship between biblical text...
  • Cover: A Girl Returned - Donatella Di Pietrantonio

    Donatella Di Pietrantonio

    A Girl Returned

    2020, pp. 160, £ 8.99
    Set against the stark landscape of Abruzzo, this novel tells a compelling story about mothers and daughters, about families and responsibilities.

More suggestions

  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    The Son of the House

    2021, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    In Igboland, the lives of two Nigerian women change forever…
  • Cover: Thirst - Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb

    Thirst

    2021, pp. 112, £ 12.99
    The Gospel according to Amélie.
  • Cover: Remote Sympathy - Catherine Chidgey

    Catherine Chidgey

    Remote Sympathy

    2021, pp. 464, £ 16.99
    The looming presence of the nearby prison camp – lying just beyond a patch of forest – is the only blot to mar what is otherwise an idyllic life...
  • Cover: Salina. The Three Exiles - Laurent Gaudé

    Laurent Gaudé

    Salina. The Three Exiles

    2021, pp. 144, £ 11.99
    A timeless story between foundational tale and myth.
  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    A novel about cowardice and courage in the face of repression, from a powerful new voice of French-African literature