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Pages: 272
Publication Date: July 31, 2004

Contempt

by Alberto Moravia, introduction by Tim Parks, translated from the Italian by Angus Davidson

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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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Praise

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