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Elena Ferrante’s Latest Novel ‘The Lying Life Of Adults’ To Come To Netflix As A Series

Netflix and Fandango are joining forces to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest novel by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante. The Lying Life of Adults is a powerful portrayal of Giovanna’s transition from childhood to adolescence in the 90s.


The story is set in Naples, a city with two sides – one that is the personification of refinement and the other that is a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

The book, released by Edizioni E/O in Italy on November 7, 2019, will be launched globally in 25 countries on September 1, 2020, and it will be published in English by Europa Editions US and UK.

The anonymous Elena Ferrante was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2016 and her books have been translated into 45 languages. Ferrante’s four novels Neapolitan Quartet are among her best-known works with 15 million copies sold so far and several of her books have been adapted into successful films (Troubling Love and The Days of Abandonment) and series (My Brilliant Friend, with Fandango being among producers).


Felipe Tewes, Director of Local Language Original Series at Netflix said, “We are incredibly honoured to be entrusted to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults. Elena Ferrante’s books have inspired and captivated audiences in Italy and around the world, and we are thrilled to bring her latest endeavour to the screens of our global audience. We are also excited to continue our partnership with Fandango, and invest in more unique Made In Italy stories that we believe will resonate in Italy and around the world.”

Domenico Procacci, Fandango’s founder, said, “We are very happy to continue telling the world of Elena Ferrante. The Lying Life of Adults, published by our friends at E/O, tells another, close but different, part of that world. It will be a great adventure.”