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Римлянката XX , Amor Fati In Fascist ItalyAlberto Moravia was a leading mid Twentieth Century Italian novelist and short story writer Although his works were quickly translated into English, they were little read in the United States Fortunately for interested readers, many of his books are now in print again and accessible, including his 1949 novel, The Woman of Rome.The book tells the story of Adriana, a beautiful, poor, and uneducated young woman who begins as an artist s model at the age of 16 Although Amor Fati In Fascist ItalyAlberto Moravia was a leading mid Twentieth Century Italian novelist and short story writer Although his works were quickly translated into English, they were little read in the United States Fortunately for interested readers, many of his books are now in print again and accessible, including his 1949 novel, The Woman of Rome.The book tells the story of Adriana, a beautiful, poor, and uneducated young woman who begins as an artist s model at the age of 16 Although she dreams of a quiet, modest home with a loving husband and children, she becomes both a prostitute and a thief As a prostitute, she is involved with a number of men with competing ideologies and interests including Astarita, a Fascist chief of police, Giacomo, a student revolutionary against the Fascists and Sozmogo, a criminal and a thug.The story is told in the first person Adriana is always on stage and the character of highest interest The reader gets to know her well The book is told in a linear, easy to follow style which builds to a large crescendo at the end of the first part The second part of the book loses slightly in dramatic intensity and in construction.As with any work of depth, this book functions on a number of levels which reject easy paraphrase or simple meaning Many readers see the book as a picture of corruption in Rome while others see itas the story of Adriana I aminclined to the second view As far as I can tell, however, there is a strong spiritual theme in the book which sometimes gets too little emphasis in the pull of conflicting readings.There are no less than four pivotal scenes in The Woman of Rome set in a church Although the book is replete with sex, violence and raw brutality, it is also highly internalized Many of its most effective moments are those in which Adriana reflects in church or out on her life and on the course it has taken.The German philosopher Frederich Nietzsche Adriana does not mention and would not have known of him used the phrase amor fati to describe the wise person s attitude towards life The phrase means loving one s destiny or, to use another related Nietzschean phrase, becoming who one is The specific facts of one s life may be determined by circumstance What is not determined is one s attitude A person can understand his or her life and accept it joyfully, regardless of its state It is in the acceptance and understanding that choice resides and that gives life its value and dignity.The novel shows the attempt of a poor, but intelligent woman to find amor fati and to become who she is She struggles to accept her nature and her being as a prostitute Many of Adriana s reflections in the church are quite explicit and insightful Adriana, alas, is nosuccessful than are most people in staying with her insight into herself That, in my opinion, is the tragedy of the story which leads to the downfall of the men involved with Adriana.The spiritual tone of the book goes well beyond Nietzsche Together with the theme of amor fati, there is a religiosity that emphasizes, in the context of Western theology, God as merciful and as all forgiving rather than God as a moralizer or judge This God or self understanding is open to all regardless of creed or station The religion that seems to be espoused in the book recognizes the sinful, fallen nature of people and their frequent inability to change It seems to suggest the possibility of atonement and forgiveness offered to everyone by a turning of the heart, even if, perhaps, behavior cannot be changed It is a powerful picture of a God of mercy and forgiveness who holds the possibility of love out to all The Woman of Rome is a first rate Twentieth Century novel.Robin Friedman My first time to read an Alberto Moravia s 1907 1990 novel and I am enchanted.Originally written in Italian, the translator must have done a good job in translating it to English I had a wonderful time reading because of the prose clear, crisp, incandescent I did not have feeling at all that I was reading a old first published in 1949 book.Told in first person by an unnamed narrator, this is the story of an 18 y o prostitute, Adriana who at first did not know she was a prostitute because My first time to read an Alberto Moravia s 1907 1990 novel and I am enchanted.Originally written in Italian, the translator must have done a good job in translating it to English I had a wonderful time reading because of the prose clear, crisp, incandescent I did not have feeling at all that I was reading a old first published in 1949 book.Told in first person by an unnamed narrator, this is the story of an 18 y o prostitute, Adriana who at first did not know she was a prostitute because her mother was a prostitute and she thought it was a decent job She first starts as a nude model because she has a perfect Venus like body even at her very young age Men, all sorts of men, get captivated by her because of her body matched with her beautiful exotic face This was during the reign of fascist Benito Mussolini in 1922 to 1943 The prostitution, murder, crime and sex are in contrast to the image of Rome in my mind as the center of Holy Catholic faith.However, this is not all about prostitution of the body There is also the prostitution of the mind There is an idealistic scholar, who when interrogated by Fascist soldiers, betrayed all his colleagues and he could not tell why he did that It led to his isolation and self alienation One would easily but depicted subtly see the striking contrast the beautiful but uneducated Adriana with men flocking to her body and the intelligent scholar who used to have so many friends but had to exist alone because of his betrayal.Then there is also an Italian Fascist officer who obeys whatever the dictator government asks him to do He seems to present to the reader the third choice blind obedience Do you prostitute yourself to protest against the government Or is blind obedience the worse kind of prostitution because you support the evil that it represents Which one ismoral I almost gave this a 5 star rating but the prose was too easy to read and I was not really challenged like when I was reading James Joyce So, I settled for 4 stars But trust me, this is a thought provoking as well as sensually entertaining read One of the best novels that I have read in my life and one of those that once started you cannot put down, you just have to make trough all the 500 or how many pages no matter what Such a sad, brutally honest and beautiful prose, I just loved itI think what I liked most about The Woman of Rome is a certain sense of dooman atmosphere of darkness, filled with restrictions, a suggestions of how tragic life really is and how the horrors of it are not easily avoided In fact, it is questio One of the best novels that I have read in my life and one of those that once started you cannot put down, you just have to make trough all the 500 or how many pages no matter what Such a sad, brutally honest and beautiful prose, I just loved itI think what I liked most about The Woman of Rome is a certain sense of dooman atmosphere of darkness, filled with restrictions, a suggestions of how tragic life really is and how the horrors of it are not easily avoided In fact, it is questionable can they be avoided at all We re all in many ways trapped by the society we found ourselves inand tied by strings that we cannot ever completely free ourselves fromthat is what I ve gathered from it anyway In any case, it really is quite a book.Brilliant characterizationI just cannot believe how good this writer is at getting inside a women s headparticularly the protagonist, she seems as natural as any character can seem natural Having read a few novels with a similar theme yes the story of prostitute with a golden heart is definitely a common one one would think that I would have been tired of it This subject may have been overusedbut in this caseeven if you re tired of such stories, make an exception for this really is an exceptional novel Adriana is a young woman of Mussolini s Italy who becomes a prostitute, oraccurately, grows into her destiny what she believes she was born to be Like another Moravia novel, The Conformist, this one suggests that, in a cynical world, surrendering to fate can be the ultimate expression of freedom But unlike Clerici, the protagonist of The Conformist who resists his own nature, Adriana surrenders to hers with dedication, even optimism One of the miracles of this book is Adriana s phle Adriana is a young woman of Mussolini s Italy who becomes a prostitute, oraccurately, grows into her destiny what she believes she was born to be Like another Moravia novel, The Conformist, this one suggests that, in a cynical world, surrendering to fate can be the ultimate expression of freedom But unlike Clerici, the protagonist of The Conformist who resists his own nature, Adriana surrenders to hers with dedication, even optimism One of the miracles of this book is Adriana s phlegmatic first person narration In her calm voice, she exposes the corruption and brutality of daily life in Fascist Italy without passing judgment on the individuals who must navigate it for their own survival I read its Hindi translation A pathetic story of a simple and beautiful girl who fell in prostitution and how her life leads to a tragic end The story gives the message that being ambitious is good, but always care of the means by which you want to get the target Sometimes instincts can t differentiate in good and bad and that leads to suffering. Almost, almost perfect the second half was not as good as the first, and I think it was due to my dislike of Mino, who I found irritating, superficial, and boring he s intended to be this way, I know not to mention the ending was rushed and kind of cray But it s easy to forgive, especially when everything else about the book was so enjoyable Definitely a favorite.Full review forthcoming. The Woman of Rome, is told from the point of view of a prostitute.Moravia s skillful chronicle of the moral education of Adriana, an impressionable and essentially kind woman, remains potent, its naturalism complicated by excursions in voyeurism Moravia has incorporated in his world the soul of women, he has become woman and in this transformation, he makes Adriana such that we, too, become her At the same time, the men he creates are perfect We should think of Moravia as a chess master, The Woman of Rome, is told from the point of view of a prostitute.Moravia s skillful chronicle of the moral education of Adriana, an impressionable and essentially kind woman, remains potent, its naturalism complicated by excursions in voyeurism Moravia has incorporated in his world the soul of women, he has become woman and in this transformation, he makes Adriana such that we, too, become her At the same time, the men he creates are perfect We should think of Moravia as a chess master, one who not only plays beautifully, but carves the various pieces as well Gino the small time thief and chauffeur, Sonzogno the hood, with his muscles of steel, Giacomo the intellectual student revolutionary, Astarita the police official All of them are swept up by this whore, all reacting to her in a different way, all smitten by her, all destroyed by her Adriana is a whore, and she is a good one She tells us that early on, I had taken up a very hard profession the simulation of passionate love for men who actually roused the most contrary feelings in me She tells us the way she accomplished what every prostitute must accomplish with every man that is, satisfying them, despite her own feelings I quickly learned to pick out at first glance the one good or pleasing aspect in each man that would make intimacy bearable We have an exhibition now in the Thyssen museum that explores the relationship between Impressionist painting and photography There hangs a pastel similar to the one at the top of this review As I was reading this Italian novel when I visited the exhibition I remember thinking of the connection between models and prostitution, as treated in the novel, and as partly suggested in Degas s work.But a significant difference between the two, apart from their medium, their geographical origin and d We have an exhibition now in the Thyssen museum that explores the relationship between Impressionist painting and photography There hangs a pastel similar to the one at the top of this review As I was reading this Italian novel when I visited the exhibition I remember thinking of the connection between models and prostitution, as treated in the novel, and as partly suggested in Degas s work.But a significant difference between the two, apart from their medium, their geographical origin and date of creation, is the point of view and the relationship between the subject and object Degas the painter sees the woman in her intimacy He may have seen her face, we don t While in Moravia s novel the narrator is the young woman, Adriana, who begins modelling and gradually moves into prostitution We getthan seeing her face We know her identity, have her thoughts, feel her feelings, and see everything through her eyes, slowly view spoiler may be too slowly since at times, in particular in the first part, the novel seems to drag hide spoiler She is observed insofar as she is the one who observes And the greatest interest of the novel is her personality and the way she reacts to life her psychological mettle She faces her choices, her opportunities, considering her inclinations and often the moral implications This is a study of Adriana s way of living and thinking So much so that I remember thinking that Moravia when writing this book was like his own character in Contempt Il disprezzo , Riccardo, the writer who has to work for the film industry because he needs the money but whose wish is to devote his writing abilities to explore the human psyche Moravia is presenting may be what his Riccardo would have liked to have written.The novel is from 1947 and was a huge success and is possibly considered Moravia s greatest I find the title, however, somewhat disconcerting, for the sense of this taking place in Rome and during the period it was written is very vague Any large Italian city would do, and the political, social and economic conditions remain somewhat undefined even if it seems some other readers want to see aclearly political statement from the part of the author For me, the main focus was the exploration of the moral choices of someone who has a very positive way of facing her own self For Adriana is someone who can face destiny in the face, candidly, realising that this destiny is not what she would have chosen had she full control of her life, but who does not despair I found very captivating the way Adriana judges, or not judges, what happens around her and the actions of those who surround her Finding guilt is not her game For gradually she acquires a deep understanding of herself and of how humans, given their conditions and constraints, act It is all relative then and life has to be embraced as it comes So cruel yet so tender Full of oposits Adriana lives a life of a prostitute yet her purpose s so pure She is so deep yet so superficial Moravia depicted such a moral decadence with so much understanding and avoided any judgement over the poor girl so as tooffer a reader an opportunity to come to his own verdict.Truly interesting reading consisting of interesting plot, tricky topic and psychological anlysing of morality deserves 4 and I honestly cecommend.


About the Author: Alberto Moravia

Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle, was one of the leading Italian novelists of the twentieth century whose novels explore matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism He was also a journalist, playwright, essayist and film critic Moravia was an atheist, his writing was marked by its factual, cold, precise style, often depicting the malaise of the bourgeoisie, underpinned by high social and cultural awareness Moravia believed that writers must, if they were to represent reality, assume a moral position, a clearly conceived political, social, and philosophical attitude, but also that, ultimately, A writer survives in spite of his beliefs.Between 1959 and 1962 Moravia was president of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers.


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