Elena Ferrante

Italy

Writer

The True State of Things

Leave, instead. Get away for good, far from the life weíve lived since birth. Settle in well-organized lands where everything really is possible. I had fled, in fact. Only to discover, in the decades to come, that I had been wrong, that it was a chain with larger and larger links: the neighborhood was connected to the city, the city to Italy, Italy to Europe, Europe to the whole planet. And this is how I see it today: itís not the neighborhood thatís sick, itís not Naples, itís the entire earth, itís the universe, or universes. And shrewdness means hiding and hiding from oneself the true state of things.

Elena Ferrante, in 'Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay'
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