The Days Of Abandonment
"This is about a woman with two children whose husband announces that he's leaving her. She really goes wild, exacting revenge and damage on everybody. Then she retrieves her sanity and loses her love for him, and it s brilliantly savage. Elena Ferrante is a wonderful Italian writer; I'm halfway through My Brilliant Friend, about a long-term friendship between two women in Naples." (Bryony Lavery, Observer)
"If you haven't yet been gripped by #ferrantefever and are wondering where to start, allow me to suggest Ferrante's second novel, Days of Abandonment. A slim volume (perfect for those who are unsure about committing to the 1,704 pages of the Neapolitan novels), it tells the story of Olga, a woman whose husband has left her for a younger woman, as she deals with the fallout of their relationship. Olga narrates her story with an unrestrained visceral ugliness that is both shocking and utterly engrossing, and unlike anything else I've read." (Gayle Lazda, London Review of Books)
"Visceral, dizzying, terrifying - this slim book does more in 192 pages than most in double that." (Verso's Best Books of 2015)
"Quite extraordinary - a deeply discomforting, visceral tale of a woman unravelling." (Paula Hawkins, the Guardian)
|Publication date||15 September 2005|
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