The Days of Abandonment (Paperback)
A riveting story of the protagonist's emotional turmoil after her husband leaves her, and a critique of motherhood being a dominating factor of one's identity, Elena Ferrante's The Days of Abandonment is a pleasure and a thrill to read.— From Austin
Crude and piercing, a description of separation, divorce, and single motherhood has never been so accurate. As with all her work, Ferrante displays a side of women rarely exposed: their raw suffering and their raw sexuality, proving how human and flawed they are, even at their best.— From Valentina
From the author of My Brilliant Friend
"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 is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa 2012-2015). She is also the author of a children’s picture book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.
Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.
Praise for The Days of Abandonment
"A masterpiece...The magic of Days of Abandonment remains the fierce intelligence of its narrator."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The writer is immensely self-aware and her frankness is stunning."
—The New York Times
"Ferrante's novels are tactile and sensual, visceral and dizzying."
"Nothing you read about Elena Ferrante's work prepares you for the ferocity of it."
—Amy Rowland, The New York Times
"Ferrante's voice feels necessary. She is the Italian Alice Munro."
—Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here
"Elena Ferrante: the best angry woman writer ever!"
—John Waters, director
"[Ferrante] describes the female experience so intimately and so vividly that the reader feels like she could (and should) know the writer personally."
—Kat Stoeffel, New York Magazine
"Ferrante puts most other writing at the moment in the shade. She's marvelous"
—Booker Prize-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan