Lying Life of Adults
Author: Elena Ferrante
Translated by Ann Goldstein
9781787702400 | PB | pp. 300 | 2020 | Europa Editions
Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante is a gripping, unforgettable Neapolitan story about a woman searching for truth in the face of change.
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Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.
Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: a Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and a Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between both in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
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About the Contributors
Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym of an Italian novelist. Ferrante’s books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, among other languages. Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels are among her best known works.
The translator grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. She attended Bennington College, in Vermont, where she read Ancient Greek. She then studied comparative philology at University College, London. She worked for Esquire and The New Yorker. During her time at The New Yorker she began taking Italian lessons. Over the years she became proficient in Italian. She is She is best known for her translations of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet.
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