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Contempt

(1999)
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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 ex acting attention to psychological complexity and social pretension, his still-striki ng openness about sex--are evident in this story of a failing marriage. Contempt (wh ich was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard's no-less-celebrated film) is an unflinching exam ination 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 a s he relentlessly interrogates her about the true nature of her feelings, he makes h is deepest fear (or secret desire) come true.

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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Contempt (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 1-59017-122-5 / 978-1-59017-122-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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June 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Contempt (Film Ink)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 1-85375-312-2 / 978-1-85375-312-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Prion Books Ltd
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September 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Contempt (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-940322-27-7 / 978-0-940322-27-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Contempt (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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