Read #149

Elena Ferrante – Troubling Love (trans by Ann Goldstein)

130 pages of the kind of scintillating dissection of human relations that you expect from Ferrante. And at which she is pretty much unsurpassed at the moment.

Delia’s mother has died, unexpectedly. Was it suicide or murder? And what was the motive in either case? And why was she found naked except for a bra from a high end lingerie store, the type of store her mother would never set foot in?

As she moves through her own idiosyncratic “investigations”, Delia finds out a great deal more about her own history, her family and herself, than she can have envisaged. She also finds that her memory may not be the most reliable reference for her own history.

The humid chaos of Naples dominates; the language at times is tactile. This is one of those “in one sitting” books.

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