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Boredom by Alberto Moravia

Boredom (1960)

by Alberto Moravia

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Le conformisme, la bourgeoisie italienne, des héros toujours désabusés mais quand même obsédés par les femmes ou une femme. Moi, j'aime Moravia.
  briconcella | Mar 11, 2007 |
I loved the way this book felt in my hands. It was a thing of beauty - long and slender and delicate, much like the nymphomaniac muse at the heart of this little Italian tale.

The "Boredom" referred to in the title comes from a generally feeling of, what would the Germans say?, weltschmirz to do with life itself. A young artist takes in his elderly (and deceased) artist neighbour's muse and paints her himself, inbetween sessions inbetween the sheets. The prose stutters at times but when Moravia develops a rhythm there's nothing greater, and the sex is almost tangible. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Dec 28, 2006 |
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Moravia, Albertoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mieskivi, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I remember perfectly well how it was that I stopped painting.
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Dino is approaching middle age, and he is consumed with boredom - not just a lack of interest in life, but a feeling of profound disconnection with the world at large. A painter, he has given up his art to live from day to day. Then he meets Cecilia, a beautiful, unabashedly sexual, strangely impassive teenage model who becomes his mistress. But as she eludes his increasingly frantic efforts to take control of her body and mind, even buy her if necessary, his own life spins dangerously out of control.
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The novels that the great Italian writer Al berto Moravia produced in the years following the World War II represent an extraord inary 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 dangerou sly attached to a young model, examines the complex relations between money, sex, an d imperiled masculinity. This powerful and disturbing study in the pathology of mode rn life is one of the masterworks of a writer who, as Anthony Burgess once rema rked, was always trying to get to the bottom of the human imbroglio.

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'Boredom' is the story of a failed artist and pampered son of a rich family who becomes dangerously attached to a young model. It provides an examination of the complex relations between money, sex and imperiled masculinity.

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