Alberto Moravia was Italy’s most successful novelist of the twentieth century. Born Alberto Moravia Pincherle, he retained only the last name Moravia (of his paternal grandmother) beginning with his first novel, Gli indifferenti [The Time of Indifference] (1929). A prolific author of fiction, theatre, essays, film criticism, and travel correspondence, Moravia was a cultural icon and constant presence in Italian public life after the fall of fascism until his death. The best-selling Italian author of his generation, Moravia was a master of the novel and short story. His characters are typically embroiled in problems of money and sex interrelated in ingenious plots that reveal the moral weakness of …
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Peterson, Thomas E.. "Alberto Moravia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2010
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