Death and Daydreams

Death and Daydreams by Jane Liddle In Elena Ferrante’s third novel in her Neapolitan series, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the narrator, Elanu, states that she wishes her longtime best friend Lila would die. “I felt that I would never free myself from that inferiority, and that seemed to me intolerable. I wish—and I couldn’t keep the wish at bay . . . that she really was ill and would die.” It’s an unflattering revelation, one that I […]

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