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    DescriptionSecrecy and Silence are second nature to Marcello Clerici, the hero of "The Conformist," a book which made Alberto Moravia one of the world's most read postwar writers. Clerici is a man with everything under control - a wife who loves him, colleagues who respect him, the hidden power that comes with his secret work for the Italian political police during the Mussolini years. But then he is assigned to kill his former professor, now in exile, to demonstrate his loyalty to the Fascist state, and falls in love with a strange, compelling woman; his life is torn open - and with it the corrupt heart of Fascism. Moravia equates the rise of Italian Fascism with the psychological needs of his protagonist for whom conformity becomes an obsession in a life that has included parental neglect, an oddly self-conscious desire to engage in cruel acts, and a type of male beauty which, to Clerici's great distress, other men find attractive.


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    Title
    Conformist - Overseas Sales Only!
    Subtitle
    A Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alberto Moravia
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781883642655
    ISBN 10: 1883642655
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FT
    Libri: I-FT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    DC21: 853.912
    DC22: 853/.912
    LC classification: PQ4829.O62
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC006000
    B&T Approval Code: P24102160
    LC classification: PQ4829.O62 C67813 1999
    Thema V1.0: FHD
    Publisher
    Steerforth Press
    Imprint name
    Steerforth Press
    Publication date
    10 February 2000
    Publication City/Country
    South Royalton
    Author Information
    The author of numerous novels, story and essay collections, and works of journalism and travel literature, Alberto Moravia was Italy's preeminent man of letters throughout much of the twentieth-century. Steerforth Press is restoring many of his best works to print, including the novels "The Woman of Rome," "The Time of Indifference," and "Two Women." In the winter of 2000, Steerforth will publish for the first time in English the biographical work, "Life of Moravia."
    Review quote
    "Moravia brings to light the devil in the flesh and in the psyche." -"- The Atlantic Monthly"
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    SECRECY AND SILENCE are second nature to Marcello Clerici, the hero of The Conformist, a book which made Alberto Moravia one of the world's most read postwar writers. Clerici is a man with everything under control - a wife who loves him, colleagues who respect him, the hidden power that comes with his secret work for the Italian political police during the Mussolini years. But then he is assigned to kill his former professor, now in exile, to demonstrate his loyalty to the Fascist state, and falls in love with a strange, compelling woman; his life is torn open - and with it the corrupt heart of Fascism. Moravia equates the rise of Italian Fascism with the psychological needs of his protagonist for whom conformity becomes an obsession in a life that has included parental neglect, an oddly self-conscious desire to engage in cruel acts, and a type of male beauty which, to Clerici's great distress, other men find attractive. "Moravia brings to light the devil in the flesh and in the psyche." -"- The Atlantic Monthly