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De conformist (original 1951; edition 1990)

by Alberto Moravia

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Title:De conformist
Authors:Alberto Moravia
Info:Amsterdam Wereldbibliotheek cop. 1990
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:20e eeuw, Fascisme, Fictie, Italiaans, Italiaanse literatuur, Italië, Literatuur, Verhaal, Roman, Politiek, Proza, Wereldliteratuur, Tweede Wereldoorlog

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The Conformist by Alberto Moravia (1951)

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the novel upon which Bertolucci's film was based. A remarkable piece of work!
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Throughout his childhood, Marcello was as fascinated by objects as a magpie.
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He had grown up in a beautiful, tasteful home and knew very well that everything that surrounded him was ugly beyond remedy; but it was exactly what he needed, this anonymous ugliness - one more thing he would have in common with his peers.
Normal men weren't good, he thought, because normality must always be paid for at a high price, whether consciously or not, by various but always negative complicities, by insensitivity, stupidity, cowardice, even criminality.
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"Since childhood [Marcello] Clerici has struggled with conflicting urges--a compulsion to hurt others and an obsessive desire to conform. ... When he is assigned to kill a former professor, now in exile, and falls unexpectedly in love with a strange, compelling woman, his life is torn open."--Cover.… (more)

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