Jump to navigation Jump to search First edition publ. Plot[ edit ] Young Riccardo Molteni, who sees himself as an intellectual writer, does work he despises preparing scripts for distasteful film productions. All this to support his new wife Emilia, the new flat he has taken, the new car he has bought, the maid who cooks and cleans for them and the secretary who comes in to type for him. While he is well educated, able to recite Dante at length, her impoverished family could not afford to educate her and she had to work as a typist. But the spark has gone out of their marriage and two small incidents trigger its dissolution.
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Early years[ edit ] Alberto Pincherle the pen-name "Moravia" was the maiden surname of his paternal grandmother was born in Via Sgambati in Rome, Italy, to a wealthy middle-class family. His Jewish Venetian father, Carlo, was an architect and a painter.
His family had interesting twists and developed a complex cultural and political character. He learned French and German and wrote poems in French and Italian. In at the age of 18, he left the sanatorium and moved to Bressanone. During the next three years, partly in Bressanone and partly in Rome, he began to write his first novel, Gli indifferenti Time of Indifference , published in The novel is a realistic analysis of the moral decadence of a middle-class mother and two of her children.
In , Moravia met Corrado Alvaro and Massimo Bontempelli and started his career as a journalist with the magazine Gli indifferenti and Fascist ostracism[ edit ] Moravia and Elsa Morante, Capri, s Gli indifferenti was published at his own expense, costing 5, Italian lira. Literary critics described the novel as a noteworthy example of contemporary Italian narrative fiction.
In , together with Mario Pannunzio, he founded the literary review magazines Caratteri Characters and Oggi Today and started writing for the newspaper Gazzetta del Popolo. The years leading to World War II were difficult for Moravia as an author; the Fascist regime prohibited reviews of Le ambizioni sbagliate , seized his novel La mascherata Masquerade, and banned Agostino Two Adolescents, In he traveled to the United States to give a lecture series on Italian literature.
To avoid Fascist censorship, Moravia wrote mainly in the surrealist and allegoric styles; among the works is Il sogno del pigro The Dream of the Lazy. The Fascist seizure of the second edition of La mascherata in , forced him to write under a pseudonym.
That same year, he married the novelist Elsa Morante , whom he had met in They lived in Capri , where he wrote Agostino. He began collaborating with Corrado Alvaro, writing for important newspapers such as Il Mondo and Il Corriere della Sera , the latter publishing his writing until his death.
His criticism is collected in the volume Al Cinema At the Cinema, La noia and later life[ edit ] In , Moravia published La Noia Boredom or The Empty Canvas , the story of the troubled sexual relationship between a young, rich painter striving to find sense in his life and an easygoing girl in Rome.
Becoming known as one of his most famous novels, it won the Viareggio Prize. An adaptation was filmed by Damiano Damiani in In , Moravia and Elsa Morante parted; he went to live with the young writer Dacia Maraini and concentrated on theatre. In Moravia visited China, Japan and Korea. In he published the novel Io e lui I and He or The Two of Us about a screenwriter, his independent penis and the situations to which he thrusts them and the essay Poesia e romanzo Poetry and Novel.
The short story collection, La Cosa e altri racconti The Thing and Other Stories , was dedicated to Carmen Llera, his new companion forty-five years his junior , whom he married in In he won the title of European Personality.
Moravia was a perennial contender to the Nobel Prize in Literature , having been nominated 13 times between and Themes and literary style[ edit ] Moral aridity, the hypocrisy of contemporary life and the inability of people to find happiness in traditional ways such as love and marriage are the regnant themes in the works of Alberto Moravia.
Political themes are often present: an example is La Romana The Woman of Rome, , the story of a prostitute entangled with the Fascist regime and with a network of conspirators. The extreme sexual realism in La noia The Empty Canvas, introduced the psychologically experimental works of the s. A complex mood is established by mixing a proposition constituting the description of a single psychological observation mixed with another such proposition.
In the later novels, the inner monologue is prominent. La cortigiana stanca Tired Courtesan, trans. Bernard Wall Agostino Agostino, trans. Beryl de Zoete , Michael F. Beryl de Zoete Luna di miele, sole di fiele Bitter Honeymoon, trans.
Frances Frenaye Racconti romani Roman Tales, trans. Angus Davidson Il disprezzo Contempt, trans. Angus Davidson La ciociara Two Women , trans. Angus Davidson , short stories La rivoluzione culturale in Cina. Angus Davidson La vita interiore Time of Desecration, trans. Angus Davidson Impegno controvoglia A Novel , trans. William Weaver La cosa e altri racconti Erotic Tales, trans.
Il disprezzo (romanzo)