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The lost daughter

Elena Ferrante
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Elena Ferrante

The lost daughter

The novel by the Italian writer with the pseudonym Elena Ferrante speaks of a middle-aged woman, who is alone on vacation on the coast of Sicily; on the beach she observes every day a large and loud Italian family, but mostly a young mother with a daughter. The loneliness gives the observer limitless starting points for associations and reflections on her own life. She thinks a lot about her relations to her two now grown up daughters; unlike in The Days of Abandonment this time it is a woman, who at one point chooses to leave her family.

“I wanted to be a good mother, but my body was refusing it,”

and similar thoughts efficiently put into words various life situations in the family, in marriage and in the life of a divorced woman. (VVŠ)

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