Elena Ferrante, author of the extremely successful Neapolitan novels and The Days of Abandonment, has been vehement on insisting that anonymity is necessary for her work. Similarly, anonymity is necessary for advice columns, making the Italian author and helping others through things dark and sordid a…match made in heaven.
Today it was announced that Ferrante will be writing her first-ever newspaper column for the Guardian, an advice column where she’ll delve into childhood, gender, aging, and in her debut piece, first love. Ferrante told the Guardian that she was “attracted to the possibility of testing myself” with a regular column and said it will be a “bold, anxious exercise in writing.”
It will be for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine and comes after last year’s announcement that My Brilliant Friend will be adapted into a show for HBO. (Can’t wait for this!)