It is my in the holiday and I’m halfway through Elena Ferrante novels when my husband tries to attract my attention. He wants help with the kids or something else trivial. I suffer from rage. Yells: You understand nothing about how it is to be a woman. No-thing!
So, great literature intervene in reality.
Elena Ferrante’s writing is now regarded as one of the greatest. In this celebrity-obsessed time, she has also chosen not to reveal who she is, but writes under a pseudonym. She’s doing interviews, but only via e-mail through her publisher, where she carefully avoids giving clues about their personality. My identity and my gender can be found in my books, she said.
Provocative, like some people who got used autofiktionens tantalizing fusion of ego and literature. Liberating, like others. At last text in the center.
And the text.
My amazing girlfriend will now in Swedish, is the first novel in Ferrante’s masterpiece, the four Naples books that begins in the 50s and describes the two women’s lives from childhood to middle age.
in the center of the story is the relationship between the two girls, Elena and Lila, who we follow from childhood to late teens. Their friendship is strong, passionate and often painful. Over time shifting status and power and their eyes on each other. Elena Lilas world’s poor, violent and dangerous. A strong power hierarchy prevailing in the district, this controller family, loyalty, money and sex. In the background are camorrans branches, a dark shadow. The state is absent. Here is the fittest and the bottom of the hierarchy are women.
In this world of limitations girls trying to create a business space. It is difficult. Elena knows that if she follows the mafia brothers Solara in their sports car so it will have consequences that will never end.
“I said no, because if my father had been told that I followed in the car, he would have beaten me to pieces even though he was a good and decent man, and liked me, and in the same way, my brothers Peppe and Gianni even though they were so small have felt the compulsion to try to kill the brothers Solara, now and forever. ”
Elena chooses the talented girl’s survival strategy. She plugs, follow the rules and keep your head down. She will be best in class. She has found a way out and staying focused to it.
When Lila pops in the school loses Elena first place. Purple can already write, and is said to have learned to read himself as a three year old. Elena’s reaction is jealousy and hatred. But also the fascination and obsession – and then friendship.
The talented and strong-willed Purple is the sun in Elena’s universe. She seems to be predetermined to break free. So it will not be.
A crucial event in the story is when Elena will take the test that determines if you can continue studying while Lila’s parents say no.
As a reader hopes that she still will find a solution. But Ferrante’s world there are no shortcuts. Poverty is a prison that is inherited and wants to rid the Lila have to change the structures that hold her back. In the book, turned the port again.
Lila turns rather than his talent and his strength against the site they are on. Can I scratch for himself a bit of freedom in Naples Quarter’s maze of relationships and oppression?
As that the girls get older is getting the body’s possibilities and limitations more apparent. The men’s gaze becoming more present and important in a world where appearance determines women’s future. Purple is beautiful, and when she is courted by the son of the local mob boss, it becomes dangerous.
Elena is class traveler’s path on a journey that is easy to relate to. Lilas path is more complex. She does not accept the rules. She forces to the area even though the price is high. And Lila is aware of what it costs.
The teens suffer Purple by what Ferrante describes as “cross-border” – a jagupplösning which everything becomes liquid. The scare Purple difficult, the girl who otherwise seem to be in control of their environment and their rebellion.
Just boundaries between self and society around is perhaps Ferrante’s main theme in the first part of a novel construction that book by book, then grows in ambition and impact. The suite’s second part is people stuck together in a web of relationships and constraints in the form of money, politics and history. But also by the body’s demands.
To read Elena Ferrante of Naples books are thus also to be reminded of how the female experience of necessity is explosive political.
The reading experience is immersive and shattering. I realize how rarely women’s experiences and intimate relationships described like this complex. A happiness that word is a part of my own experience mixed with strong anger at how little space it is allowed to take in literature and politics.
In the midst of this emotional storm will therefore my husband and claim my time and my attention.
No wonder you get angry.