Life of Moravia documents a free-ranging conversation that took place between celebrated Italian novelist Alberto Moravia and Italian writer and journalist Alain Elkann. The two men discuss Moravia's privileged childhood, his coming of age in Europe between the wars, his youthful affairs, his marriage to novelist Elsa Morante, his work and literary influences, his politics, and his feelings about other writers of his generation. Along the way, the reader comes to understand how the relationship between a writer and society gives rise to the work. Conceived and edited by Moravia, this unconventional autobiography bears the stamp of his erudition, wit, and intellect.
February 2000 : USA Hardback