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Una joya de la literatura contemporánea que ya ha fascinado a más de medio millón de lectores en Italia y Estados Unidos.

Una Saga Memorable

Con La amiga estupenda, Elena Ferrante inaugura una tetralogia deslumbrante que tiene como telón de fondo la ciudad de Nápoles a mediados del siglo pasado y como protagonistas a Lenù y Lila, dos jóvenes mujeres que están aprendiendo a gobernar su vida en un entorno donde la astucia, antes que la inteligencia, es el ingrediente de todas las salsas.

La relación a menudo tempestuosa entre Lila y Lenù viene acompañada de un coro de voces que dan cuerpo a su historia y nos muestran la realidad de un barrio pobre, habitado por gente humilde que acata sin rechistar la ley del más fuerte, pero La amiga estupenda está lejos del realismo social: lo que aquí tenemos son unos personajes de carne y hueso, que nos intrigan y nos deslumbran por la fuerza y la urgencia de sus emociones.

Por primera vez Ferrante aborda una narración muy amplia, poniendo en escena un verdadero tableau vivant donde no hay espacio para el tópico: todo es vida y todo respira al hilo de la mejor literatura.

«El reto para quien escribe es llenar la distancia entre lo que vives y lo que cuentas, sentir físicamente el impacto de la narración...» (Elena Ferrante)

Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2011 Elena Ferrante (P)2018 Penguin Random Audio

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Captivating and great narration!!

A great book and narration. The story is really captivating. The narrator does a wonderful job!! Absolutely recommend it!!

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  • 07-11-18

Written through clenched teeth

I’ve read the four volumes of ’My Brilliant Friend’ not long after their release in Italian. I remember the experience only vaguely: two ragazze from Naples, the one diligent, loveable and brave, the other, the ’brilliant one’ being greedy and wicked and overrated and depressing and full of allures: disgust at first sight. I remember the characters were painfully stereotypical, always int he middle of a quarrel and handling their problems shouting in the top of their lungs or throwing heavy domestic objects upon each others’ head. And I remember the exquisite prose, the heavenly structure and the excited pleasure of waiting for the next volume.

’My Brilliant Friend’ could be happily written by any Spanish author: the total lacking of humor, the overdose of mindless passion and exhausting pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-psychological pondering is not first hand Italian matter. The Spanish translation is simply celestial and I can taste again the joy of reading this fine fine novel quartet. I will follow Elena and Lila on their way in Spanish and non obstant the irregularities of the storytelling, I will certainly find my pleasures in this audio edition wit the hypnotic voice of Mercé Montalá.