by Jane Ciabattari
Elena Ferrante, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey
The author of the international best-selling Neapolitan quartet is frank about her choice to remain anonymous, beginning with her first publication in 1991. When her publishers asked how she planned to help promote her first novel, Troubling Love, she wrote, “I do not intend to do anything… that might involve the public engagement of me personally. I’ve already done enough for this long story: I wrote it.” It’s clear from this “jumbling of fragments” – unpublished fiction, letters, interviews, answers to queries from readers, critics and film-makers – that her intention has always been to work in solitude, anonymously. This book, translated by Ann Goldstein, may be as close as she might come to a memoir. It arrives as controversy over her identity rages. Ferrante fans will find Frantumaglia fascinating.