June 10, 2015 10:15 AM   Subscribe

oh god I flapped my hands I was so excited to see this
posted by tofu_crouton at 10:46 AM on June 10, 2015 [3 favorites]

Yes! Ferrante is who I recommend for people interested in sprawling autobiographical fiction but think Karl Ove Knausgaard is too plodding and self-involved. See also.
posted by Cash4Lead at 11:31 AM on June 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

What tofu crouton said. I'm just about to begin My Brilliant Friend, so excellent timing!
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:31 AM on June 10, 2015

My Brilliant Friend is so good. It also has one of the most deceptive book covers ever, all of that gauzy white.
posted by betweenthebars at 11:35 AM on June 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Fine. I'll read your darn book that's been on my Wish List for six months. Fine. I'm not enjoying Seveneves and I want to read something good, so: fine.
posted by steef at 12:55 PM on June 10, 2015 [3 favorites]

Where do I start with Ferrante? Troubling Love? Or something else?

Fascinating interview; thanks, PussKillian.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:20 PM on June 10, 2015

I would start with Days of Abandonment. Then the Neapolitan series.
posted by tofu_crouton at 5:03 PM on June 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

I started off with the first of the Neapolitan books and am about to start the third of them. I just dove in and have been absorbing them rapidly.
posted by PussKillian at 7:39 PM on June 10, 2015

From that interview:

"The media simply can’t discuss a work of literature without pointing to some writer-hero. And yet there is no work of literature that is not the fruit of tradition, of many skills, of a sort of collective intelligence. We wrongfully diminish this collective intelligence when we insist on there being a single protagonist ­behind every work of art. The individual person is, of course, necessary, but I’m not talking about the individual—I’m talking about a manufactured image."
posted by Mister Bijou at 12:32 AM on June 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

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