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Neapolitan Novels

The Neapolitan Novels are a 4-part series by the Italian author Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions (New York). It includes the following novels: My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015). The series has been characterized as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. In an interview for the Harper's Magazine, Elena Ferrante stated that she considers the four books to be "a single novel", published serially for reasons of length and duration. The series has sold over 10 million copies in 40 countries.The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena (sometimes called “Lenù”) Greco and Raffaella (“Lila”) Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood and old age, as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home – a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. The novels are narrated by Elena Greco. The series was adapted into a play by April De Angelis that opened at the Rose Theatre, Kingston in March 2017. The first book in the series has also been adapted into an HBO television series entitled My Brilliant Friend.
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original title: L'amica geniale
date of publication: 2014
genre: novel

My Brilliant Friend

novel by Elena Ferrante

author: Elena Ferrante

2011

The Story of a New Name

book by Elena Ferrante

author: Elena Ferrante

2012

Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta

boek van Elena Ferrante

author: Elena Ferrante

2013

Storia della bambina perduta

boek van Elena Ferrante

author: Elena Ferrante

2014

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