The Appeal of Ferrante and Knausgaard


On Lit Hub, Stephanie Grant examines the deep pleasure and connection readers experience with the works of Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgaard. She suspects the familiar tone of both authors’ recent series might help otherwise fiction-averse readers dive into the narrative:

To put it another way, the intimacy of first-person narration in these novels sets the threshold for suspending one’s disbelief relatively low. As both the narrators in Ferrante and Knausgaard are self-involved writers who are constantly worrying their place in the world, the bar drops even lower.

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