Contempt (New York Review of Books Classics Series)

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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 ...
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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.

Molteni, the narrator, aspires to be a man of letters, but has taken a job as a screenwriter in order to support his beautiful wife, Emilia. Frustrated by his work, he becomes convinced that she no longer loves him-that in fact she despises him-and as he relentlessly interrogates her about the true nature of her feelings, he makes his deepest fear (or secret desire) come true.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780940322271
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series , #7
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.91 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    I have anything but Contempt

    I saw the film first. Rarely do films inspire me to purchase books. These two do not fight each other, but rather each experience is enhanced by the other. About the intricacies and inevitable duplicity of human relations, Contempt is a serious and unforgettable experience. This new version is as sophisticated as the author and his likely readers. Moravia must be pleased to be housed in the elegance of this book. Art for the eye and the mind's eye. Sensuous to touch & read.

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