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Naples, under the Sun

My Brilliant Friend The Story of a New Name Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay The Story of the Lost Girl by Elena Ferrante Europa Editions, 2012–2015, about $30 each   Kierkegaard thought that those who made their desire for personal stability and social equality into an absolute, with no reference to the transcendent, were ignoring the rather important fact that they lived in a temporal world and “time is the very medium of differentiation”. In Elena Ferrante’s magisterial fiction quartet, the Neapolitan series, the presupposition seems to be that the temporal is all that exists—the eternal is scorned—so…

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