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Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment
May 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Jaycel Adkins in his debut invites you to a new Interintellect reading salon, where we will together experience one of Elena Ferrante’s “tactile and sensual, visceral and dizzying”* first novels: “The Days of Abandonment” on May 30th.
“One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me. He did it while we were clearing the table…”
On Sunday, May 30th we will gather together to discuss our experiences of reading a novel whose narrator has been described by James Wood of The New Yorker as,
‘a mind in emergency, at the very limits of coherence and decency.’
We have three asks of each participant:
- We ask that you read the novel (188 pages).
- And come with at least one passage that struck you in some way: it can be a sentence, a paragraph, a whole page, that you are willing to read out loud in the salon (if you are shy, the host can read your selection). The reading of these passages will then form the basis of our conversation for the next 3 hours.
- Abide by Interintellect’s Code of Conduct.
“Rarely have the foundations upon which our ideas of motherhood and womanhood rest been so candidly questioned. This compelling novel tells the story of one woman’s headlong descent into what she calls an “absence of sense” after being abandoned by her husband. Olga’s “days of abandonment” become a desperate, dangerous freefall into the darkest places of the soul as she roams the empty streets of a city that she has never learned to love. When she finds herself trapped inside the four walls of her apartment in the middle of a summer heat wave, Olga is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal again.”
Age Restricted: 18+ (Content Warning: Novel contains mature themes.)
*Quote is from The Guardian
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