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Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty, models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment she traded her private dream of home and children for the life a prostitute. The Woman of Rome is also the story of tortured university student Giacomo, a failed revolutionary who refuses to admit his desire for Adriana; of the sinister figure Astarita, a big shot with the political police who is obsessed with Adriana; and of the coarse and brutal criminal Sonzogno, ...
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Overview

Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty, models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment she traded her private dream of home and children for the life a prostitute. The Woman of Rome is also the story of tortured university student Giacomo, a failed revolutionary who refuses to admit his desire for Adriana; of the sinister figure Astarita, a big shot with the political police who is obsessed with Adriana; and of the coarse and brutal criminal Sonzogno, who treats Adriana as his private property. Within this drama of passion, mystery and betrayal, Moravia calmly strips away the pride and arrogance hiding the corrupt heart of Italian Fascism.
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"A profoundly realistic and compassionate story which continually transcends its subject; which is in effect the story of modern Italy." -- The Atlantic Monthly

 

William Fense Weaver
[Adriana is] fascinating and original, as are all the characters. — The New York Times Book Review
Weaver William Fense
[Adriana is] fascinating and original, as are all the characters. — The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Moravia's star is again on the rise thanks to several recent republications of his works. This 1949 title is the first in Steerforth's new "Italia" line, which will present works covering a wide spectrum of Italian life and culture. Set against a backdrop of Mussolini's fascism, this title follows the life of Adriana, a model whose charms attract a young student, a powerful politico, and a vile criminal. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
William Fense Weaver
[Adriana is] fascinating and original, as are all the characters.
The New York Times Book Review, 1949
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883642808
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Italia Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 983,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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THE GLITTER AND CYNICISM of Rome under Mussolini provide the background of what is probably Alberto Moravia’s best and best-known novel — The Woman of Rome. It’s the story of Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty who models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment when she traded her private dream of home and children for the life of a prostitute.
One of the very few novels of the twentieth century which can be ranked with the work of Dostoevsky, The Woman of Rome also tells the stories of the tortured university student Giacomo, a failed revolutionary who refuses to admit his love for Adriana; of the sinister figure of Astarita, the Secret Police officer obsessed with Adriana; and of the coarse and brutal criminal Sonzogno, who treats Adriana as his private property. Within this story of passion and betrayal, Moravia calmly strips away the pride and arrogance hiding the corrupt heart of Italian Fascism.
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