Posted on 10/18/2021 at 02:39 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An author referred to as Spain's Elena Ferrante has been publicly identified.

And she's not at all what people thought she was.

Carmen Mola is not, in fact, a university professor living in Madrid with a husband and children.

Rather, she's the pseudonym of three male screenwriters.

Literary Hub, in sharing this unusual story, explains that many fans were irritated at the gender-bending for several reasons.

Some felt deliberately misled by the multiple interviews that Mola gave over several years, while others found it tasteless that novels supposedly written by a woman but actually written by men leaned so heavily on violence against women.

Another twist: one Mola novel was included on a list of books that help readers "understand the reality and experiences of women at different times [in history] and make people aware of their rights and freedoms.”

Read more about the actual identity of author Carmen Mola at Lit Hub.

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