My Brilliant Friend

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 160945863X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Book One in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila. Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a tetralogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

Reeds in the Wind

Author: Grazia Deledda
Publisher: Italica Pr
ISBN: 9780934977630
Format: PDF
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The rugged landscape of Baronia on Sardinia sets the scene for this novel of crime, guilt and retribution. This novel presents the story of the Pintor sisters - from a family of noble landowners now in decline - their nephew Giacinto, and their servant Efix, who is trying to make up for a mysterious sin committed many years before. Around, below, and inside them the raging Mediterranean storms, the jagged mountains, the murmuring forests, and the gushing springs form a Greek chorus of witness to the tragic drama of this unforgiving land. Deledda tells her story with her characteristic love of the natural landscape and fascination with the folk culture of the island, with details about the famous religious festivals held in mountain encampments and the lore of the "dark beings who populate the Sardinian night, the fairies who live in rocks and caves, and the sprites with seven red caps who bother sleep." Introduction by the Sardinian ethnographer, Dolores Turchi.

Short Stories in Italian for Beginners

Author: Olly Richards
Publisher: Teach Yourself
ISBN: 9781473683327
Format: PDF, ePub
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Italian Short Stories for Beginners is written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level (A1-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference). The eight captivating stories are designed to give you a sense of achievement and a feeling of progress when reading. You'll finally be able to enjoy reading in Italian, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension at the same time. Based on extensive research into how people most enjoy and benefit from reading in a new language, this book eliminates all the frustrations you have experienced when trying to read in Italian: Dull topics that are no fun to read Books so long you never reach the end Endless chapters that make you want to give up Impenetrable grammar that frustrates you at every turn Complex vocabulary that leaves you with your head buried in the dictionary Instead, you can just concentrate on what you came for in the first place - enjoying reading and having fun! If you're learning Italian and enjoy reading, this is the book you need to rekindle your passion for the language and take your Italian to the next level!

Storia del nuovo cognome

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: E/O Edizioni
ISBN: 8866322385
Format: PDF
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L'amica geniale - Volume secondo «Capii che ero arrivata fin là piena di superbia e mi resi conto che – in buona fede certo, con affetto – avevo fatto tutto quel viaggio soprattutto per mostrarle ciò che lei aveva perso e ciò che io avevo vinto. Lei naturalmente se ne era accorta fin dal momento in cui le ero comparsa davanti e ora stava reagendo spiegandomi di fatto che non avevo vinto niente, che al mondo non c'era alcunché da vincere, che la sua vita era piena di avventure diverse e scriteriate proprio quanto la mia, e che il tempo semplicemente scivolava via senza alcun senso, ed era bello solo vedersi ogni tanto per sentire il suono folle del cervello dell'una echeggiare dentro il suono folle del cervello dell'altra». Ecco Storia del nuovo cognome, secondo romanzo del ciclo dell'Amica geniale. Cominciate a leggere e la scrittura vi catturerà. Ritroverete subito Lila ed Elena, il loro rapporto di amore e odio, l'intreccio inestricabile di dipendenza e volontà di autoaffermazione. Lila ed Elena hanno sedici anni e si sentono entrambe in un vicolo cieco. Lila si è appena sposata ma, nell’assumere il cognome del marito, ha l’impressione di aver perso se stessa. Elena è ormai una studentessa modello ma, proprio durante il matrimonio dell’amica, ha scoperto che non sta bene né nel rione né fuori. Le vicende dell’Amica geniale riprendono a partire da questo punto e ci trascinano nella vitalissima giovinezza delle due ragazze, dentro il ritmo travolgente con cui si tallonano, si perdono, si ritrovano. Il tutto sullo sfondo di una Napoli, di un’Italia che preparano i connotati allarmanti di oggi. Della trama non anticiperemo niente. Storia e forza della scrittura fanno tutt’uno al punto che ci pare sconveniente guastare al lettore il piacere di leggere sorprendendosi a ogni pagina. Meglio dunque abbandonarsi a Lila ed Elena: conoscerle a fondo, riconoscersi sia nella tendenza alla conformità acquiescente sia nella caparbia determinazione a prendere in mano il proprio destino. Dell’Amica geniale hanno detto: «È un libro che trabocca dall’anima come un’eruzione del Vesuvio». (Paolo Mauri – La Repubblica) «Una scrittura densa, sotterranea, odorosa. Che incanta come una danza». (Chicca Gagliardo – Glamour) «È un bellissimo Bildungsroman, anzi due, anzi più di due. Il romanzo di una generazione di amici-nemici». (Paolo Di Stefano – Corriere della Sera) «Una meraviglia senza margini e senza generi». (Valerio Calzolaio – Il Salvagente) «Elena Ferrante se ne sta lì a dimostrare che la letteratura può guarire dai mali del presente, curare lo spirito, fungere da antidoto all’affanno di riconoscersi nella contemporaneità di un Paese sempre più respingente». (Titti Marrone – il Mattino) «Ha il respiro lungo della memoria l’ultimo romanzo di Elena Ferrante». (Anna Maria Crispino – Leggendaria) «Se potessi tornare indietro, non lo leggerei, m’è piaciuto troppo». (Marina Vitale – Letteratu.it) «Un testo che va letto e riletto (ma per farlo ancora più tuo lo si dovrebbe copiare e ricopiare)». (Marina Terragni – Via Dogana) «Un’epopea da non perdere». (Bia Sarasini – Società italiana delle letterate) «Elena e Lila. Ciascuna è per l’altra l’amica geniale: una potenzialità inespressa, un pungolo e un rimpianto, un oggetto dell’invidia e un orizzonte del desiderio». (Beatrice Manetti – L’indice dei libri)

In Other Words

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101875569
Format: PDF, ePub
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National Best Seller From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. From the Hardcover edition.

The Beach at Night

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609453719
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016" From the author of My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minù, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises. Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans.

The Story of a New Name

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609451473
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Book Two in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet In 2012, Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend introduced readers to the unforgettable Elena and Lila, whose lifelong friendship provides the backbone for the Neapolitan Novels. The Story of a New Name is the second book in this series. With these books, which the New Yorker's James Wood described as "large, captivating, amiably peopled...a beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal," Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's most accomplished storytellers. She writes vividly about a specific neighborhood of Naples from the late-1950s through to the current day and about two remarkable young women who are very much the products of that place and time. Yet in doing so she has created a world in which readers will recognize themselves and has drawn a marvelously nuanced portrait of friendship. In The Story of a New Name, Lila has recently married and made her enterée into the family business; Elena, meanwhile, continues her studies and her exploration of the world beyond the neighborhood that she so often finds stifling. Love, jealousy, family, freedom, commitment, and above all friendship: these are signs under which both women live out this phase in their stories. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, and the pressure to excel is at times too much for Elena. Yet the two young women share a complex and evolving bond that is central to their emotional lives and is a source of strength in the face of life's challenges. In these Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante, the acclaimed author of The Days of Abandonment, gives readers a poignant and universal story about friendship and belonging.

The Story of the Lost Child

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609452968
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Book Four in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet “Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Its author was dubbed “one of the great novelists of our time” by the New York Times Book Review. This fourth and final installment in the series raises the bar even higher and indeed confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world’s best living storytellers. Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable! Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship. The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and, like Elena and Lila themselves, every return will bring with it new discoveries.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Author: Elena Ferrante
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609452232
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Soon to be an HBO series, book three in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted epic by one of today's most beloved and acclaimed writers, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time.” (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times) In the third book in the Neapolitan quartet, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. Ferrante is one of the world’s great storytellers. With the Neapolitan quartet she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.

Keep Your Friends Close

Author: Paula Daly
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802192327
Format: PDF
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From the acclaimed author of The Trophy Child comes a “superbly sinister” domestic thriller of false friendship and deadly betrayal (Mystery Scene). When her daughter falls ill while on a school trip overseas, Natty rushes to be by her side. And she’s so relieved to have a friend like Eve, who offers to help her husband around the house in her absence. But when Natty returns home she discovers that Eve has taken to family life a little too well—and Sean has fallen in love with her. Confronted with the fact that her marriage wasn’t as rock-solid as she thought, Natty attempts to put on a brave face and move forward. But no matter how hard she tries to pick herself up, her former friend is there to knock her down again. Then Natty receives an anonymous note that reveals Eve to be a serial mistress. She’s done this before—and the consequences were fatal. Now Natty must navigate through a treacherous maze of secrets that jeopardizes her life and the safety of her loved ones. “Absorbing” —Kirkus Reviews “[A] genuine gift for psychological nuance.” —Publishers Weekly “Daly’s affinity for psychological intrigue shines . . . It will have readers wondering just how well they know their friends, and how secure their lives are.” —Mystery Scene