The Days of Abandonment
"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... show more
"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.
Publish date: September 1st 2005
Publisher: Europa Editions
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Italian Literature
The Days of abandonment opens with Mario walking out on Olga his wife Olga, and their 15 year marriage and their two children.The narrator of the story is Olga and the story is her account of the abandonment.I listened to this on audio and the narrator was Hillary Huber and she was excellent.This is...
Ferrante is marvelous. I have a copy of 'My Brilliant Friend' and will dive into it shortly. This one is affecting without being over-the-top, a harsh portrait of abandonment, grief, and the jarring loss of one's identity.
Another raw and unflinching novel about being a woman, a wife and a mother from Elena Ferrante, Days of Abandonment is about a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger woman, how she falls apart and how she sews herself and her family back together stitch by stitch. Olga is 38 when her husband l...
This is an intimate story full of symbolism telling of the breakdown, and eventual reconstruction, of emotions and sense of "self" of a woman whose husband left her. It was slow at times, intense at others. An examination of relationships and how we form them while they form us.