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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Maria Ortese Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 13, 2018 ISBN: 9781538518670
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A riveting classic of European literature, this superb collection of fiction and reportage is set in Italy’s most vibrant and turbulent metropolis―Naples―in the immediate aftermath of World War II. These writings helped inspire Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels, and she has expressed deep admiration for the author of this volume.

Goyaesque in its depiction of the widespread suffering and brutal desperation that plagued the city, it comprises a mix of masterful storytelling and piercing journalism. This book, with its unforgettable portrait of Naples high and low, is also a stunning literary companion to the great neorealist films of the era by directors such as Vittorio de Sica and Roberto Rossellini.

Neapolitan Chronicles is exquisitely rendered in English by Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee, two of the leading translators working from Italian today. Included in the collection is “A Pair of Eyeglasses,” one of the most widely praised Italian short stories of the last century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stories collected in this volume, which reverberate with Chekhovian energy and melancholy, are revered in Italy by writers and readers alike. Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee reward us with a fresh and scrupulous translation.”

    Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “This remarkable city portrait, both phantasmagorical and harshly realistic, conveys Naples in all its shabbiness and splendor.”

    Phillip Lopate, author of Waterfront

  • “As for Naples, today I feel drawn above all by Anna Maria Ortese…If I managed again to write about this city, I would try to craft a text that explores the direction indicated there.”

    Elena Ferrante in Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, praise for the author

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About the Author

Anna Maria Ortese (1914–1998) is one of the most celebrated and original Italian writers of the twentieth century. Neapolitan Chronicles brought her widespread acclaim in her native country when it was first published in 1953 and won the prestigious Premio Viareggio.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.