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Ferrante, Elena (Translated by Ann Goldstein). THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD: BOOK FOUR, THE NEAPOLITAN NOVELS. New York City, NY: Europa Publications, 2015. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 473 pages. As New.

The author's fourth and final Neapolitan Novel. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. All Europa Editions are impeccably produced in softcover only on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Elena Ferrante's "Storia della bambina perduta" in a felicitous English translation. The pseudonymous author's triumphant, concluding Neapolitan Quartet novel, with the "possessive force of an origin myth". It is preceded by "My Brilliant Friend", "The Story of A New Name", and "Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay". Individually, collectively, and cumulatively, they constitute one of the indispensable literary journeys of our time. "Chronicles what happens when the women renew their friendship after many years of estrangement. They are beginning to face aging together. How do women grow and age, together and apart? How do they relate? How do motherhood, money, and men intervene? But you don't read Ferrante for the story. You read her for the sheer accumulation of detailed scenes and conversations, for comings-together and breakings-apart, and for the way characters disappear and recur until the city in which they live becomes both a vast jungle and the original small town" (Sara Nelson). "One of the great novelists of our time. A new version of the way we live now - one we need, one told brilliantly by a woman" (The New York Times). "By a woman" is, of course, sexist. Nobody would praise Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle" Series, the only world-class, literary equal of Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, as an achievement "by a man". An absolute "must-have" title for Elena Ferrante collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws, mainly very heavy creasing on the fragile spine. The latter also tends to lean badly over time. A rare copy thus. Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet of novels is now widely regarded as one of the most important literary achievements of our time. One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELENA FERRANTE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1609452860. $100.00

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