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This is Alberto Moravia's short, psychologically-acute novel of sex, art, and obsession in an entirely new English translation. Silvio is an Italian dilettante and would-be novelist whose ambitions considerably outweigh his talent. He and his wife Leda move to the country so he can devote himself to his first book - they even decide to abstain from sex, temporarily, to conserve his creative energies. Perhaps predictably, the strain on their young marriage quickly begins to show, and when the local barber makes a pass at Leda, he sets up a standoff that will expose, for a moment, all of the self-deception, hollowness, and redemptive power in Silvio's life and love.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590512210
ISBN-10: 1590512219
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Other Press LLC
Publisher: Other Press LLC
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Alberto Moravia

Alberto 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 Rome in 1990. Marina Harss is a translator of Italian, French, and Spanish. Her previous translations include Pier Paolo Pasolini's Stories from the City of God and Aldo Zargani's For Solo Violin. She also writes about dance for The New Yorker.

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