The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

The Neapolitan Novels is a 4-part series by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions (New York). It includes the following novels: My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015). The series has been characterized as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. In an interview for the Harper's Magazine, Elena Ferrante stated that she considers the four books to be "a single novel", published serially for reasons of length and duration. The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena (sometimes called “Lenù”) Greco and Raffaella (“Lila”) Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood and old age, as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home – a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. The novels are narrated by Elena Greco.

The 830th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 3rd on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  2. - The New Vanguard (New York Times)

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DEUDAS DEL CUERPO, LAS (DOS AMIGAS 3) Paperback 14074956 $16.91 $48.99
La niña perdida (Dos amigas #4) / (The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Nove ls Book Four) (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1864059 $8.94 $5.00 2016
The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels Book 2) Kindle Edition 4405 2013
The Neapolitan Novels Boxed Set Paperback 22020 $47.82 $45.72 2018
The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four Paperback 17225 $7.70 $2.05 2015
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three Kindle Edition 18286 2014
Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic: "Middle Time") Paperback 561160 $10.56 $7.66 2016
The Story of a New Name (The Neapolitan Novels) Paperback 1591494 $13.02 $8.44 2016
The Story of the Lost Child: Neapolitan Novels, Book Four Kindle Edition 31887 2015
The Story Of The Lost Child (Thorndike Basic) Hardcover 940517 $29.78 $5.98 2016
The Story Of The Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels: Maturity, Old Age: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) Paperback 2928041 $13.95 $4.21 2016
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante Boxed Set (The Neapolitan Novels Boxed Set) Kindle Edition 32127 2015
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neapolitan Novels, Book 3) Audio CD 595325 $22.72 $18.73 2015
Un mal nombre (Dos amigas 2) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 389985 2013
La niña perdida (Dos amigas 4) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 393085 2015
Un mal nombre (Dos amigas #2) / The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels #2 (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1570101 $15.66 $2.99 2016
Las deudas del cuerpo (Dos amigas 3) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 138344 2014
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three Paperback 14810 $8.73 $2.49 2014
Un mal nombre / The Story of a New Name (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 202062 $10.24 $10.62 2018
Las deudas del cuerpo (Dos amigas #3) / (Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Ne apolitan Novels Book Three) (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 416675 $15.95 $5.61 2016
La niña perdida / The Story of the Lost Child (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 831994 $10.24 $10.36 2018
The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels, Book 4) Audio CD 1904938 $21.97 $7.91 2015
Las deudas del cuerpo / Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 277582 $10.24 $6.39 2018
Las deudas del cuerpo (Dos amigas 3)/ Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three (Dos Amigas / Neapolitan Novels) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3431243 $19.59 2016