Meet the Authors: Muriel Barbery and Elena Ferrante

Muriel Barbery

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“Muriel Barbery was born May 28th, 1969 in Casablanca, Morocco. She was raised in France. She entered the École muriel_barberyNormale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud in 1990 and obtained her agrégation in philosophy in 1993. She then taught philosophy at the Université de Bourgogne, in a lycée, and at the Saint-Lô IUFM. She currently lives in Japan with her husband Stéphane.She is a French novelist and professor of philosophy. She has written two books that has been translated into English, Gourmet Rhapsody (original title Une Gourmandise, 2000) and The Elegance of the Hedgehog (original title: L’Élégance du hérisson, 2006).”

Primary Works

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Gourmet Rhapsody 
  • The Life of Elves

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Elena Ferrante

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“Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter (originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006). In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels”, a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture. Critics have praised her for her “devastating power as a novelist” and for a style that is “pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright.” Ferrante holds that “books, once they are written, have no need of their authors."”

Primary Works

  • The Neapolitan Quartet
  • The Days of Abandonment
  • The Beach at Night
  • Troubling Love

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