Publication Date: July 2004
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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.
About the AuthorAlberto Moravia, born in Rome in 1907, was one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century. His novels, which include "The Woman of Rome, The Conformist, Contempt", and "Two Women", have been turned into films by Bernardo Bertolucci and Jean-Luc Godard. He died in 1990.
WILLIAM WEAVER has been the leading translator of Italian writing into English for half a century and several samples of his own work are included in "Open City," Among his previous books is "A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti," Weaver divides his year among Italy, New York City, and Annandale-on-Hudson, where he is on the faculty of Bard College.