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Goldstein, Ann 1949-

Works: 61 works in 323 publications in 1 language and 21,867 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biography  Autobiographies  Bildungsromans  Travel writing  Exhibition catalogs  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, zxx, Originator, Author of introduction, Other, Curator, Director
Classifications: PQ4866.E6345, 853.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ann Goldstein
My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante( Book )

25 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 2,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante' s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila
Those who leave and those who stay by Elena Ferrante( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante's fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has grown enormously. She has gained admirers among authors--Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Strout, Claire Messud, to name a few--and critics--James Wood, John Freeman, Eugenia Williamson, for example. But her most resounding success has undoubtedly been with readers, who have discovered in Ferrante a writer who speaks with great power and beauty of the mysteries of belonging, human relationships, love, family, and friendship. In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of mystery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to see each other by a strong, unbreakable bond
The story of the lost child by Elena Ferrante( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery uncontainable Lila. In this book, both are adults; life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up-a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable
The story of a new name by Elena Ferrante( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 1,756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: The second book, following last year's My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts
In other words by Jhumpa Lahiri( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A series of reflections on the author's experiences learning a new language and living abroad, in a dual-language edition"--
Barbara Kruger by Barbara Kruger( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozart's sister : a novel by Rita Charbonnier( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a fictional portrait of the life of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a musical prodigy in her own right, who was forced by their father to put aside her talent and become a piano teacher to support his ambitious plans for her brother
A tranquil star : unpublished stories by Primo Levi( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeen classic short works include pieces written between 1949 and 1986 and feature such protagonists as a captured partisan fighter, a middle-aged chemist, and a lustful older man
The days of abandonment by Elena Ferrante( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once an aspiring writer, Olga traded literary ambition for marriage and motherhood; when Mario dumps her after 15 years, she is utterly unprepared. Though she tells herself that she is a competent woman, nothing like the poverella (poor abandoned wife) that mothers whispered about in her childhood, Olga falls completely apart. Routine chores overwhelm her; she neglects her appearance and forgets her manners; she throws herself at the older musician downstairs; she sees the poverella's ghost. After months of self-pity, anger, doubt, fury, desperation and near madness, her acknowledgments of weaknesses in the marriage feel as earned as they are unsurprising
An Iliad by Alessandro Baricco( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination"--Page 2 of cover
The lost daughter by Elena Ferrante( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Leda's daughters leave home to be with their father, she decides to take a trip to a small coastal town in Italy, but soon after she arrives memories from her unsettled past come back to haunt her
Reconsidering the object of art : 1965-1975 by Ann Goldstein( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In other words by Jhumpa Lahiri( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jhumpa Lahiri decides to move to Rome with her family, for 'a trial by fire, a sort of baptism' into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write, initially in her journal, solely in Italian. Lahiri investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice
Without blood by Alessandro Baricco( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of the acclaimed international bestseller "Silk" comes an unforgettable tale of the cruelty of war, a little girl's shattered world, and her lifelong quest for revenge and healing
Clash of civilizations over an elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in the centre of Rome is thrown into disarray when one of the neighbours is murdered. An investigation ensues & as each of the victim's neighbours is questioned, the reader is offered an all-access pass into the most colorful neighbourhood in contemporary Rome
The complete works of Primo Levi by Primo Levi( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the works for sixteen years, The Complete Works of Primo Levi is the most ambitious literary translation of the twenty-first century. Primo Levi, the Italian-born chemist once described by Philip Roth as that "quicksilver little woodland creature enlivened by the forest's astute intelligence," has largely been considered a heroic figure in the annals of twentieth-century literature for If This Is a Man, his haunting account of Auschwitz. Yet Levi's body of work extends considerably beyond his experience as a survivor. Now, the transformation of Levi from Holocaust memoirist to one of the twentieth century's greatest writers culminates in this magisterial publication of The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which, twenty-eight years after his premature death in Turin, finally collects all of Levi's fourteen books--memoirs, essays, poetry, and fiction--into three slip-cased volumes, along with new translations, one revised by the original translator, and an introduction by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. The appearance of this historic publication will occasion a major reappraisal of "one of the most valuable writers of our time" (Alfred Kazin)" --
Frantumaglia : papers: 1991-2003 : tesserae: 2003-2007 : letters: 2011-2016 by Elena Ferrante( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante's workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over twenty years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing. In these pages Ferrante answers many of her readers’ questions. She addresses her choice to stand aside and let her books live autonomous lives. She discusses her thoughts and concerns as her novels are being adapted into films. She talks about the challenge of finding concise answers to interview questions. She explains the joys and the struggles of writing, the anguish of composing a story only to discover that it isn’t good enough for publication. She contemplates her relationship with psychoanalysis, with the cities she has lived in, with motherhood, with feminism, and with her childhood as a storehouse of memories, material, and stories. The result is a vibrant and intimate self-portrait of a writer at work."--Dust jacket
Night bus by Giampiero Rigosi( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francesco is a gambling-addicted bus driver in Bologna, with a thuggish debt collector on his trail; Leila is a smart dame with a great pair of legs, who each night looks for a man to bed, drug, and rob. In perfect noir fashion, the two become uneasy allies, trying to escape a pair of vicious intelligence agents after Leila unknowingly swipes a mysterious document from a victim's apartment
Voices of Italian America : a history of early Italian American literature with a critical anthology by Martino Marazzi( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their personal stories testify to a wider collective novel focused around the myth and the dream of "making America." Through their pages and their critical presentation, the reader is brought to discover the literary dignity of this production, clearly linked to the popular roots of nineteenth-century Italian culture, but at the same time confronted with the traumas and the different realities of a new society. The main themes are voiced - immigration, labor conditions, family ties, the lure and snares of the big city, its multiethnicity."--Jacket
City by Alessandro Baricco( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of "Silk" comes a panoramic Cartesian comic book of a novel--with super heroes, boxers, and a bedwetting prodigy expected to win the Nobel Prize. By turns hilarious and deeply sad, "City" is an American original, penned by a brilliant Italian
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English (205)

Mozart's sister : a novelA tranquil star : unpublished storiesThe days of abandonmentAn IliadThe lost daughterReconsidering the object of art : 1965-1975Without bloodClash of civilizations over an elevator in Piazza Vittorio