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The Real Problem With the NYRB Piece That Set Out to Unmask Elena Ferrante

Over the weekend, Italian investigative reporter Claudio Gatti published the fruits of a months-long inquiry into the identity of mysterious Italian author Elena Ferrante. His article, appearing in the New York Review of Books as well as in French, Italian, and German publications, used real estate and financial documents to build a strong case that “far from the daughter of a Neapolitan seamstress described in Frantumaglia,” Ferrante is truly “Anita Raja, a Rome-based translator whose German-born mother fled the Holocaust and later married a Neapolitan magistrate.
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