In the Margins


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Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the four volumes of 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), published by Europa Editions between 2012 and 2015. She is also the author of a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night, and a work of non-fiction, Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey. Incidental Inventions, her collected Guardian columns, was published in 2019.


'In these four pitch-perfect essays, the doyenne of Italian literature pores over her toolbox, discovering that reinvention is the name of her game...An essential read for all aspiring writers.' - Oprah Daily

'An intimate self-portrait and an essential read.' - A.V. Club

'If you've recently thrilled to the adaptation of "The Lost Daughter," these four new essays by the Neapolitan author will keep the thrill going, with peeks into Ferrante's favorite literature, her writing process and even some of her bugbears.' - Los Angeles Times

'The essays of In the Margins are illuminating and beguiling as they peek into the literary craft of a writer at the height of her powers.' - ForeWord Reviews

'Incandescent.' - Molly Young, The New York Times

'Four essays illuminate the mind of Ferrante in this dazzling collection...The collection's strength comes from Ferrante's beautiful prose, as well as the fascinating look at where she finds inspiration. The author's legions of fans are in for a treat.' - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

'In the essays in In the Margins Elena Ferrante-perhaps the greatest living novelist-describes her formation as a writer and her views on writing...the book will draw in anyone curious about literature and its creation.' - Chicago Review of Books

'A vivid and concise introduction to effective writing for students and professionals alike...This book is a true treasure and could provide an important guide for other marginalized writers looking for their own voices.' - New York Journal of Books

'The seamless collaboration between author and translator is an unmistakable triumph.' - Asymptote Journal

'An engaging, slyly disruptive new collection of essays, expertly translated by Ann Goldstein.' - Air Mail

'In these wise and vigorous pieces examining Ferrante's lifetime spent reading and writing-and what it has meant to do these things as a woman...There are gems aplenty here.' - Booklist
'Ferrante explores the intersections of womanhood, femininity, language, and literature. One of the most anticipated books of 2022, this is a must-read for any Ferrante fan.' - Bustle

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