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By Elena Ferrante. Despite his loyalty to his wife, and her friend Lila's dismay, Lena continues her affair with Nino.

Elena Ferrante's story of a life long friendship between Lila and Lena comes to an end in this sad and surprising final chapter.

Accepting the fact that her lover Nino will not leave his wife, Lena decides to move back to Naples with her two children and accept his offer to rent them a flat in the nice part of town. They continue to have an affair and she finds herself pregnant.

Strangely, Lila also finds herself also pregnant and this unites their friendship once more. Lila however seems to suffer during her pregnancy - not helped by the chaos caused by the earthquake that hit Naples in 1980. Gradually she seems to lose touch with her world once again.

Written by Elena Ferrante
Translated by Ann Goldstein
Dramatised for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Celia de Wolff
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Lena Monica Dolan
Lila Anastasia Hille
Nino Sarratore Daniel Flynn
Pietro Ferdinand Kingsley
Adele Sylvestra Le Touzel
Dede Grace Wingate
Dede Ella Dale
Elsa Isobel Tinsley
Elsa Georgia Taft
Mariarosa Claudia Jolly
Carmela Louise Calf
Colombe Louise Calf
Antonio Hugh Kermode
Mother Jane Whittenshaw
Guido David Collings
Franco Simon Scardifield
Augustin Simon Scardifield
Armando Josh Dylan
Marisa Sara Markland
Elisa Nelly Harker
Photographer Nelly Harker
Enzo Carl Prekopp
Marcello Ben Crowe
Guest Ben Crowe
Alfonso Nick Armfield
Tina Sylvie Goodwin
Imma Grace Pearcey
Imma Cosima Pearcey
Michele Daniel Ryan
Guest Daniel Ryan
Gennaro Tom Davies
Pasquale Nicholas Gleaves
Author Elena Ferrante
Translation Ann Goldstein
Adaptor Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director Celia de Wolff


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