The Times

‘I am not the face of Elena Ferrante’

The Italian’s translator Ann Goldstein fears the novelist’s ‘outing’ will stop her from writing

Ann Goldstein says her day job at The New Yorker “supports my translation habit”DAVID BEBBER FOR THE TIMES

I am telling Ann Goldstein, Elena Ferrante’s translator, how interesting I found Frantumaglia — a “jumble of fragments” — the collection of the Italian writer’s correspondence and interviews that will be published in English for the first time next month.

“Really?” asks Goldstein, elegant in olive cashmere V-neck, black trousers and a necklace of colourful beads. “I just read this Michiko Kakutani review in The[New York] Times. She lambasted it!”

Ferrante is the Italian author of Troubling Love, The Days of Abandonment and the four books known in Britain as the Neapolitan Quartet. Goldstein has translated them all, as…