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By (author) Alberto Moravia, Translated by Angus Davidson, Introduction by Tim Parks

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  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 198mm x 15mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1590171225
  • ISBN 13: 9781590171226
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 130,589

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"Contempt" is a brilliant and unsettling work by one of the revolutionary masters of modern European literature. All the qualities for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous--his cool clarity of expression, his exacting attention to psychological complexity and social pretension, his still-striking openness about sex--are evident in this story of a failing marriage. "Contempt" (which was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard's no-less-celebrated film) is an unflinching examination of desperation and self-deception in the emotional vacuum of modern consumer society.

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Author information

Alberto Moravia (1907-1990) was one of Italy's greatest twentieth-century writers. Among his best-known books to have appeared in English are "Boredom," "The Woman of Rome," "The Conformist "(the basis for Bernardo Bertolucci's film), "Roman Tales," "Contempt" (the basis for Jean-Luc Godard's film), and "Two Women." Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. His books include "Teach Us to Sit Still: A Skeptic's Search for Health and Healing" and "The Server."

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Rich in substance and resonant with meaning...a rare achievement. -- "The New York Times" Moravia remains one of the twentieth century's smoothest and most entertaining poets of paralysis, of the genial ennui generated by the triumph of materialism over humane values...his novels offer a bracing counterpoint to today's soft-hearted and -headed fiction. -- "Boston Review"