There are stories that grab you from the first pages, even if you put up resistance. This happened to me with (Another time I will explain the matter of the author's identity; for now, I want to focus on the novels and what they have awakened in me). I wrote ?even if you resist? because that's what I did: in 2016, when The great friendThe first novel of the saga, published in Mexico, was preceded by the fame of being a best seller in Italy and Spain. The prejudice I have against books that sell a lot set off my alarms and although the publisher sent it to me as a gift -which happened frequently because at the time I worked as a reporter for Canal 22, the Mexican State's cultural channel-, I put it aside.
Five years later, thanks to the fact that I stumbled upon La amica geniale, HBO series based on the saga in which Ferrante herself participates as a screenwriter, I decided to give myself the opportunity to read it without prejudice. I started with The great friendand I followed with A bad name and The debts of the body. I am still missing the last volume, The lost girlBut the story of the friendship between Lila and Lenù, two women of completely opposite characters, born in a poor neighborhood of Naples in 1944, against the backdrop of the post-war period, fascism, the workers', students' and feminist struggles of the sixties and seventies, fascinated me to such a degree that I can't put it down anymore.
My video column this month is about this story and what resonates with us 21st century women. Will you join me in watching it?
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