Ann Goldstein - "The Lying Life of Adults" - Virtual Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein will discuss her translation of Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults. She will be joined in conversation by Katherine Hill and Merve Emre in a panel moderated by Greta Johnsen.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event


About the book: Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape. Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. With this new novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.

About the translator: Ann Goldstein is a senior editor and head of the Copy department at The New Yorker. She is a translator, known for her English translations of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s work, including the best-selling Neapolitan novels and The Lying Life of Adults. Goldstein also translated the complete works of Italian author Primo Levi. Goldstein studied Ancient Greek at Bennington College and comparative philology at University College, London.

About the interlocutors: Katherine Hill is the author of two novels, The Violet Hour and A Short Move, a New York Times Editors' Choice. She is also co-author of The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism, which examines Ann Goldstein's translation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet. She is assistant professor of English at Adelphi University.

Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She is the author of several books, most recently The Ferrante Letters. Her essays regularly appear in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine.

Greta Johnsen hosts and produces WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast, where she has interviewed authors like Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, and Stephen King. Greta has a BA in English from Saint Olaf College and a MS in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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