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Lily Patchett

Lily Patchett

Lily Patchett is a PhD student in Italian Studies at The University of Sydney. Her thesis traces the role of mysticism in Elena Ferrante’s female symbolic to three of her most prominent influences: Clarice Lispector, Anna Maria Ortese, and Elsa Morante. In 2022, she won The Beauchamp Prize for her essay ‘The Weak Messianic Power of Elena Ferrante’s Feminism’.

Lily Patchett reviews ‘Lies and Sorcery’ by Elsa Morante, translated by Jenny McPhee

January-February 2024, no. 461 19 December 2023
Elena Ferrante declared Elsa Morante’s début novel Menzogna e sortilegio (1948) ‘fundamental’ to her literary formation. The novel is now available unabridged in English for the first time as Lies and Sorcery, in a brilliant translation by Jenny McPhee. Like Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, Morante’s novel begins with the loss of the woman closest to the narrator, propelling a first-pers ... (read more)