“An amazing, fiercely erotic novel. No other writer has captured our recent American past…so vividly or with such detail and force”—Bret Easton Ellis, of “The Furies.”

“An ambitious resourceful novelist with a lush style”
— John Updike, "The New Yorker”.

I hope that you will be intrigued by what you find here, that you’ll want to explore, come back and see what’s new, and that this can be a place of exchange

My name is Fernanda Eberstadt. I am a novelist and non-fiction writer.

I’ve published five novels and one book of non-fiction, and many hundreds of articles for journals including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, frieze, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, the TLS

Some of my running passions are art, political dissidence and religious prophecy, Russia, New York in the 60s and 70s. I’ve written about

  • The Hebrew Bible. 
  • Lampedusa’s The Leopard, Sicilian palaces, and the politics of urban restoration in Palermo.
  • Artist, writer, and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz.
  • The radical utopianism of Hieronymus Bosch.
  • Why women are scared of turning into their mothers.
  • Dostoevsky and the literature of the Russian Gulag.
  • Istanbul (I lived there for a year and a half in the 1990s). 
  • The 20th century Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. 
  • Freak folk musicians Cocorosie. 
  • The British poet Christopher Logue and his glorious retake on Homer’s Iliad.
  • What the anti-Trump resistance can learn from dissidents abroad.

I love doing public conversations with writers, artists, thinkers. Recent talks include Pussy Rioter Nadya Tolonnikova, novelist Marisa Silver, Rumi biographer Brad Gooch.

I’m planning to post a steady supply of new material and hitherto unpublished stuff on this site, whether fiction, non-fiction, or photographs, so keep coming back, and please leave your thoughts and impressions.