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The Woman of Rome

(1949)
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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.

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Hardback Editions

December 1949 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Woman of Rome
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-436-28713-7 / 978-0-436-28713-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Woman of Rome: A Novel (Italia S)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 1-883642-80-9 / 978-1-883642-80-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zoland Books
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January 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Woman of Rome (Panther Books)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-586-05701-3 / 978-0-586-05701-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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May 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Woman of Rome
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-86721-100-8 / 978-0-86721-100-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm)
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November 1977 : USA Paperback

Title: Woman of Rome (Mentor Books)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-451-00844-8 / 978-0-451-00844-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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October 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Woman of Rome
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
ISBN: 0-14-000880-2 / 978-0-14-000880-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Woman of Rome (Italia S)
Author(s): Alberto Moravia
Publisher: Steerforth
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