Alberto Moravia

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Moravia, Alberto


(pseudonym of Alberto Pincherle). Born Nov. 28, 1907, in Rome. Italian writer.

The sociopsychological content of Moravia’s work was apparent from his first novel, The Indifferent Ones (1929), which depicted the spiritual vacuity of Italian bourgeois youth. The satirical antifascist tenor of Moravia’s writings in the 1930’s and the early 1940’s resulted in his persecution by the fascist regime. Moravia’s postwar novel The Conformist (1951) calls for the denunciation of fascism on ethical grounds. The influence of neorealism was reflected in the two collections Roman Tales (1954; Russian translations, 1956, 1959) and More Roman Tales, about the hard life of the Roman poor, and in the novel Two Women (1957; Russian translation, 1958), about the life of poor women during World War II.

Moravia’s works of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s, including the novels The Empty Canvas (1960), The Lie (1965), and Two (1971), and the short-story collection The Fetish (1963; Russian translation, 1964) and Paradise (1970; Russian translation, 1971) develop the theme of the alienation and spiritual impoverishment of modern man in a bourgeois consumer society. Critical realism in Moravia’s work is complicated by Freudian motifs and ironic skepticism. Moravia is the author of essays, plays, and travel notes, including Month,in the USSR (1958), and a book about Africa, What Tribe Do You Belong To? (1972; Russian translation, 1973). Moravia takes part in public life and is among the progressive representatives of Italian culture.


Opere complete, 33 vols. Milan-Rome, 1953–72.
Un altra vita. Milan, 1973.
In Russian translation: Beatriche Chenchi. Moscow, 1957.
“Prezrenie.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1963, nos. 9–10.
Dom, v kotorom soversheno prestuplenie: Rasskazy. Moscow, 1964.


Potapova, Z. M. Neorealizm v itaPianskoi literature. Moscow, 1961.
Limentani, A. A. Moravia tra esistenza e realtd. Venice, 1962.
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Siciliano, E. A. Moravia. Milan, 1971.


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Based on a short story by Italian author Alberto Moravia, it followed a young and successful working woman as she struggles to get out of an affair with a married man.
Sahar has received awards from all over the world, including the Alberto Moravia Prize in Italy, the Cervantes Award in Spain and the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2006.
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2) It is thus clear that by the mid-1950s, a period in which Alberto Moravia published his Racconti romani and avidly composed his Nuovi racconti romani, as well as his novel La ciociara, the rapid evolution of Rome's periphery was exerting a heavy influence on those writers personally invested in Rome.
Un tro, mi welais i Alberto Moravia, un o nofelwyr mawr yr Eidal a oedd hefyd, ar y pryd, yn rhyw fath o Aelod Ewropeaidd.
Alberto Moravia, an Italian novelist and short story writer who placed himself directly in the path of Mussolini's Fascist regime, is best remembered for his anti-Fascist novel The Conformist (1947), which details life during the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini through the prism of Marcello, the conformist of the title.
Arnaud Tripet's book ranges widely across literary representations of Rome from antiquity to the present, analyzing major texts, from Virgil and Horace to Alberto Moravia and Michel Butor, as symptomatic expressions of contemporary attitudes toward the Eternal City.
on 227) and mentions other admirers, among them Mario Praz, Cesare Pavese, Elio Vittorini, Alberto Moravia, Giorgio Bassani, and Antonio Delfini.
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Alberto Moravia, (1907 - 1990) was a traveller who could not bear to be tied down to one place until he fell in love with Mount Circeo on the Mediterranean with sand dunes on one side and a lake on the other.
Accompanying the new series of 35mm prints by Cinematheque Ontario for The Bresson Project, is Robert Bresson, a 600-page collection of essays in English from writer/critics such as Andre Bazin, Susan Sontag, Alberto Moravia, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Rene Predal.