Elena Ferrante Is the Guardian's Newest Columnist

Images via Europa Editions.
Images via Europa Editions.

The Guardian has announced that Elena Ferrante, secretive author of the wildly successful Neapolitan series, will have a new column addressing things like “childhood, aging, gender and, in her debut article, first love.” Expect to have your heart ripped out on a weekly basis.

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Ferrante said she was “attracted to the possibility of testing myself” with having a regular column, because it would be “a bold, anxious exercise in writing,” which is what I call every day at work.

But her magical prose will transport us all, and she was named one of Time’s most influential people in 2016 and does have a show on HBO coming out, so she’s more important than the average ding-dong blogger:

“I’m thrilled to be working with Elena Ferrante on her first newspaper column – a new adventure for her and for Guardian Weekend magazine,” said editor Melissa Denes. “Every week, she will be writing a personal piece, covering subjects from sex to ageing to the things that make her laugh. We can’t wait to see where she will take us.”

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The things that make her laugh! Congrats to Elena Ferrante on getting to blog. Welcome to the club.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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I finally got around to reading the Neapolitan novels over the winter holidays. I love her serious, nuanced prose; it’s like having coffee with a mature, crazy-intellectual woman providing a retrospective of her own place within her relationships and world over time. She’s the conversational partner I want in my own life.