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Take a Trip Through Elena Ferrante’s Naples With This Gorgeous Photo Essay!

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitian series, starting with hit novel My Brilliant Friend, has taken the literary world by storm, and is soon to be adapted for television by HBO. Italian director Saverio Costanzo will direct, while Jennifer Schuur will serve as executive producer. The plan is for a thirty-two episode series spanning all four books.

 

My Brilliant Friend follows the story of a sixty-year friendship between two women, which is told by one, Elena, after the other, Lila, vanishes. 

 

The Guardian recently published a beautiful photo essay by Sophia Seymour, which picturesby Giuseppe Di Vaio, exploring the neighborhood in which Ferrante’s protagonists grow up and forge their friendship. 

 

Costanzo notes:

 

The books follow the girls’ fraught relationship as they navigate the distinct social and economic divides of the city, both railing against and succumbing to the expectations of women as they struggle to be defined by something other than the violence and poverty of their post-war upbringing.

 

Giuseppe Di Vaio’s photographs capture the hustle and bustle of the Naples neighborhoods featured in Ferrante’s books, while Costanzo writes about their significance and the events, both real and fictional that took place there. 

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

Like these? Check out the article and read about the connections to Ferrante’s hit novels here!

 

Featured Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian