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Contempt
By Angus Davidson (trans), Alberto Moravia and Tim Parks (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date September 1, 1999
Pages 251
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780940322271
ISBN-10 0940322277
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
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Original list price $12.95
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Summary
Frustrated by his work as a screenwriter, Molteni becomes convinced his wife, Emilia, no longer loves him and inadvertently does his best to make this fear come true
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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
Book cover for 9780940322271 Book cover for 9781590171226 Book cover for 9781853753121
 
With Tim Parks (other contributor), Angus Davidson (other contributor) | from New York Review of Books (August 1, 2004)
9781590171226 | details & prices | 251 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $14.95
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With Tim Parks (other contributor), Angus Davidson (other contributor) | from New York Review of Books (September 1, 1999)
9780940322271 | details & prices | 251 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $12.95
About: Frustrated by his work as a screenwriter, Molteni becomes convinced his wife, Emilia, no longer loves him and inadvertently does his best to make this fear come true
from Prion Books (July 1, 1999)
9781853753121 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $12.00
About: Obsessive and confessional, sifting over every action and thought, Contempt is a tale about the precarious nature of love and integrity; a study of the limits of our subjective nature and of storytelling itself.

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