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Lying Life of Adults 
by Elena Ferrante (Author), Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Paperback – 1 September 2020
A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.
‘Two years before leaving home my father said to my mother that I was very ugly. The sentence was uttered under his breath, in the apartment that my parents, newly married, had bought in Rione Alto, at the top of Via San Giacomo dei Capri. Everything – the spaces of Naples, the blue light of a very cold February, those words – remained fixed. But I slipped away, and am still slipping away, within these lines that are intended to give me a story, while in fact I am nothing, nothing of my own, nothing that has really begun or really been brought to completion: only a tangled knot, and nobody, not even the one who at this moment is writing, knows if it contains the right thread for a story or is merely a snarled confusion of suffering, without redemption.’
Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself?
She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape.
About the Author
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.
Product details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Faber Europa Editions; 1st edition (1 September 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787702405
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781787702400
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.4 x 2.9 x 22.5 cm

Additional information

Weight 0.800 g
Dimensions 30 × 20 × 5 cm
Type

Novel

Narrative Type

Fiction

Genre

Drama, Modern & Contemporary, Romance

Original Language

Italian

Country/Region of Manufacture

Australia

Intended Audience

Adults

Book Title

The Lying Life of Adults: a Sunday Times Bestseller

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Item Height

135mm

Topic

Books

Item Width

210mm

Publisher

Europa Editions (United Kingdom) Ltd

Publication Year

2020

Number of Pages

300 Pages

Condition

Like new

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