The Days of Abandonment

The Days of Abandonment

By Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein (Translator)

Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372006, 188pp.

Publication Date: September 2005

"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-"Corriere della Sera"
"Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-"El Mundo"
"Elena Ferrante has given us a startlingly beautiful novel of exceptional and bold strength."-"Il Manifesto"
"Severe and rigorously unsentimental, packed full of passages written with dizzying intensity at a rare and acute pitch. Ferrante is at her best when her writing holds tight to those nagging, niggling obsessions that make up our mental landscapes."-"La Stampa"
A national bestseller for almost an entire year, "The Days of Abandonment" shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

About the Author
Elena Ferrante, author of "The Days of Abandonment", "Troubling Love", and "My Brilliant Friend", among others, is one of Italy s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. Her true identity is unknown.

Ann Goldstein is the award-winning translator of fifteen books. She is an editor at The New Yorker magazine.