The writer pushes ‘the protagonist much farther than I thought I myself, writing, could bear.
Leda says:” The most difficult things to tell are those which we ourselves can’t understand.”
It’s the motto — can I call it that?— which is at the root of all my books.
Writing should always take the most difficult path. The narrating “I” in my stories is never a voice giving a monologue; she is writing — that is, struggling to organize in a text what she knows but doesn’t have clear in her mind.’
Elena Ferrante, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, p 257