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A story without redemption: The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante, reviewed

29 August 2020

9:00 AM

29 August 2020

9:00 AM

The Lying Life of Adults Elena Ferrante

Europa Editions, pp.336, 20

‘I don’t at all hate lies,’ Elena Ferrante explained in Frantumaglia, her manifesto for authorial anonymity. ‘I find them useful and I resort to them when necessary to shield my person, feelings, pressures.’ Shortly after writing these words, Ferrante, who refuses all interviews and keeps her identity under wraps, was accused by an investigative journalist called Claudio Gatti of lying to her readers.

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