Incidental Inventions

Category: Book
By (author): Ferrante, Elena
Translated By: Goldstein, Ann
  NON-FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: November 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 8.80in x 6.10in x 0.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

"This is my last column, after a year that has scared and inspired me."

With these words, Elena Ferrante, the bestselling author ofMy Brilliant Friend, bid farewell to her year-long collaboration with theGuardian. For a full year she penned short pieces, the subjects of which were suggested by editors at the Guardian, turning the writing process into a kind of prolonged interlocution; the subjects ranged from first love to climate change, from enmity among women to the adaptation of her novels to film and TV. As she said in her final column: "I have written as an author of novels, taking on matters that are important to me and that-if I have the will and the time-I'd like to develop within real narrative mechanisms."

Here, then, are the seeds of possible future novels, the ruminations of an internationally beloved author, and the abiding preoccupations of a writer who has been called "one of the great novelists of our time" (theNew York Times).

Gathered here in a beautiful gift edition and accompanied by a new, original introduction by the author and Andrea Ucini's intelligent, witty, and beautiful illustrations, this is a must for all Ferrante fans.

Review Quote*

Praise forElena Ferrante

"Ferrante's writing seems to say something that hasn't been said before-it isn't easy to specify what this is-in a way so compelling its readers forget where they are, abandon friends and disdain sleep."-Joanna Biggs,The London Review of Books

"Ferrante has written about female identity with a heft and sharpness unmatched by anyone since Doris Lessing."-Elizabeth Lowry,The Wall Street Journal

"Ferrante, in her unflinching willingness to lead us toward ‘the mutable fury of things' places the readers inside intimate relations between with an irresistible and urgent immediacy."-Roger Cohen,The New York Review of Books

"Reading Ferrante is an extraordinary experience. There's a powerful and unsettling candor in her writing."-Nick Romeo,The Boston Globe

Biographical Note

Elena Ferrante is the author ofThe Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza,Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), adapted by Mario Martone, andThe Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), soon to be a film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is also the author of aFrantumaglia: A Writer's Journey (Europa, 2016) in which she recounts her experience as a novelist, and a children's picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri,The Beach at Night (Europa, 2016). The four volumes known as the "Neapolitan quartet" (My Brilliant Friend,The Story of a New Name,Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, andThe Story of the Lost Child) were published in America by Europa between 2012 and 2015. The first season of the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, directed by Severio Costanzo premiered in 2018.

Andrea Ucini is a self-taught illustrator, born and raised in Italy and now living in the countryside of Hundested, Denmark, near Copenhagen, with his wife, three children and plenty of animals. He works in a studio surrounded by Danish nature and the changing seasons.