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In 2016 Norstedts received the literature support to publish “Hennes nya namn” (“Storia del nuovo cognome”, Einaudi editore), the second book of the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante, translated by Johanna Hedenberg.

“Hennes nya namn” follows the 2012’s acclaimed “Min fantastiska väninna”, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena, who 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 sometimes cruel price that this passage exacts.

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