Welcome to a new bookish journey around the world! Quite recently I read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, and in that blog post I was mentioning how unattractive I found the book covers of the series. So I was curious to see whether other editions are better-looking … and fortunately, the answer is “yes!”. I made a selection of interesting and/or intriguing covers from 9 countries that you’ll see below 🙂

Note: if you haven’t read the book, I recommend you to first get acquainted with the basic storyline, to better understand the cover illustrations and the remarks I wrote for each of them.

Let’s start by showing you the English edition, the one I read. No more comments here.

Later edit: the original Italian edition has the same covers as the English one

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English edition

Up North, in Norway, I found another approach toward the book covers. A lot of white, a little bit of black, quite simple, and maybe a bit too banal for my taste.

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Norwegian edition

The Dutch edition has the same black & white theme, with a little bit of colour added.

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Dutch edition

Guess what!? The Spanish edition also goes for black & white, but with weirder pictures, I would say. There’s such a big contrast between the Dutch edition, with children on the covers, and the Spanish edition, which looks quite erotic.

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Spanish edition

After so much black & white, it’s time for some color! I think that my home country, Romania, has the most colourful covers of them all. Still, for me, it’s a bit too much …

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Romanian edition

The German edition looks much more appealing, using graphic illustrations instead of photos of real people. I like this one a lot – the colours, the images, the aura of the books – everything!

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German edition

Another wonderful edition is the Italian one ❤ Colorful, yet simple enough to spark interest, modern and a bit girly. Great combination!

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Italian edition

Down under, in Australia, we find a different style of book covers. Here we have mature images with a lot of black and a little bit of white. I especially like the lines that enframe the covers. An interesting and different approach I would say!

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Australian edition

I also found the Chinese edition of the first book of the series, which has a totally different approach than the ones I’ve shown above.

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Chinese edition

To conclude our adventure, I want to tell you that I was impressed by the variety of approaches toward the covers of the same books – some are black & white while others are very colourful, some depict children while others depict erotic scenes, some are playful while others are sad … Just by looking at the book covers (without seeing the title of the book), one might easily think they’re not the covers of the same story.

I hope you enjoyed this bookish journey as much as I did! Now tell me: what’s your favourite edition? I cannot make up my mind between the German edition and the Italian edition 🙂

‘Till next time … happy reading!


PS: Now I must say am pretty happy with the cover of the book I read, it doesn’t seem so ugly anymore …

Images sources: English | Romanian | Italian | Norwegian | Australian | Dutch | German | Chinese | Spanish | World map

7 thoughts on “Book covers around the world: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

  1. loving the german version! But the italian edition is exactly like the english one, the original one in fact 🙂 not the one you found.


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