The Days of Abandonment

By Elena Ferrante; Ann Goldstein (Translator)
(Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372006, 188pp.)

Publication Date: September 2005

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"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.

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