We donâ€™t know who she is, yet Elena FerranteÂ has recently called on the audience for Brexit. The Guardian published on 4 June 2016 nine letters addressed to Britain and written by leading authors and thinkers from EU countries, such as Ferrante, one of Timeâ€™s 100 Most Influential People of the Year, the Greek economistÂ Yanis Varoufakis and the French comics artist and directorÂ Riad Sattouf,Â where they strongly recommed Britons to vote â€˜stayâ€™.
I donâ€™t have much sympathy for the current European Unionâ€™.Â This is the incipit of Ferranteâ€™s letter to Britain. Her words are elegantly decorated and provisions are abundant [â€¦]Â Behind its facade, it safeguards the interests of those countries that are strongest, both economically and militarily.
â€˜And yet, despite the rules and regulations, it has never stopped thinking that â€“ when there is nothing further to be gained â€“ it is best to throw off the union and make do with the old cocksure ways of the proud old nationsâ€™.
A few lines later Ferrante without any euphemisms explains why â€˜it is necessary, in my opinion, to stay together at all costsâ€™.
We have to stay together to face migration, climate change, global terrorism and major financial crises. She urges for a â€˜community that instead of drawing up lists of objectives becomes actively political and puts an end to countless intolerable inequalitiesâ€™.
In her emotional letter she adds that we donâ€™t need roots now. We becameÂ splendid plants, but â€˜bound to the ground, and nowadays everything is more mobile than ever, shifting quickly from one shape to the nextâ€™.
Time is running out and there are many problematic issues to face. â€˜Staying together is no longer an option but an obligation and an urgent necessityâ€™.