At that tremendous moment, full of light and sound, I pretended I was alone in the newness of the city, new myself with all life ahead, exposed to the mutable fury of things but surely triumphant: I, I and Lila, we two with that capacity that together – only together – we had to seize the mass of colours, sounds, things, and people, and express it and give it power.”

– From My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante (138)

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