Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

De conformist by Alberto Moravia

De conformist (original 1951; edition 1990)

by Alberto Moravia

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
463522,413 (3.97)13
Title:De conformist
Authors:Alberto Moravia
Info:Amsterdam Wereldbibliotheek cop. 1990
Collections:Your library, Literatuur
Tags:20e eeuw, Fascisme, Fictie, Italiaans, Italiaanse literatuur, Italië, Literatuur, Verhaal, Roman, Politiek, Proza, Wereldliteratuur, Tweede Wereldoorlog

Work details

The Conformist by Alberto Moravia (1951)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 13 mentions

English (2)  Catalan (1)  Hebrew (1)  Czech (1)  All (5)
Showing 2 of 2
A searing moment of violence saves the young Marcello Clerici from a desperate predator, and he determines to find "normality" throughout his life, apparently as a means to counter the early crisis. He follows the rising tide of fascism in his country, joins the secret police and marries, creating a script for himself that leads to unsavory business. Rather existential, at times oblique, but well written (and I presume well translated). I may tackle Moravia again. ( )
1 vote ThoughtPolice | Sep 21, 2015 |
the novel upon which Bertolucci's film was based. A remarkable piece of work!
2 vote elle.wilson | May 16, 2007 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original title
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Throughout his childhood, Marcello was as fascinated by objects as a magpie.
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"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)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
25 wanted
3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.97)
2 3
2.5 1
3 13
3.5 8
4 30
4.5 6
5 19

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,088,051 books! | Top bar: Always visible