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The novels that the great Italian writer Alberto Moravia wrote in the years following the World War II represent an extraordinary survey of the range of human behavior in a fragmented modern society. Boredom, the story of a failed artist and pampered son of a rich family who becomes dangerously attached to a young model, examines the complex relations between money, sex, and imperiled masculinity. This powerful and disturbing study in the pathology of modern life is one of the masterworks of a writer whom as Anthony Burgess once remarked, was "always trying to get to the bottom of the human imbroglio."

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc Publication Date: 09/01/1999 ISBN-13: 9781590171219  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), the child of a wealthy family, was raised at home because of illness. He published his first novel, The Time of Indifference, at the age of twenty-three. Banned from publishing under Mussolini, he emerged after World War II as one of the most admired and influential twentieth-century Italian writers. William Weaver is celebrated for his numerous translations from the Italian, including Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and novels and stories by Italo Calvino. Weaver's translation of Pirandello's The Late Mattia Pascal is also published by NYRB Classics.

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Think about it. Boredom is not merely the lack of things to do, it's symptomatic of a deeper alienation. Superlatively presented here by Moravia who is perhaps better known for Contempt, which became Godards Le Mepris. His measured tone and attention to detail caused me to miss many bus stops over the last few weeks. This is dark, disillusioned Camusian youth at its zenith. - Seb.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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