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Two Friends by Alberto Moravia - Introduction and Excerpt

Two Friends by Alberto Moravia - Introduction and Excerpt

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In this set of novellas, a few facts are constant. Sergio is a young intellectual, poor and proud of his new membership in the Communist Party. Maurizio is handsome, rich, successful with women, and morally ambiguous. Sergio’s young, sensual lover becomes collateral damage in the struggle between these two men. All three of these unfinished stories, found packed in a suitcase after Alberto Moravia’s death, share this narrative premise. But from there, each story unfolds in a unique way. The first patiently explores the slow unfurling of Sergio’s resentment toward Maurizio. The second reveals the calculated bargain Maurizio offers in exchange for his conversion to Sergio’s beloved Communism. And the third switches dramatically to the first person, laying bare Sergio’s conflicted soul.
Anyone interested in literature will relish the opportunity to watch Moravia at work, tinkering with his story and working at it from three unique perspectives.
In this set of novellas, a few facts are constant. Sergio is a young intellectual, poor and proud of his new membership in the Communist Party. Maurizio is handsome, rich, successful with women, and morally ambiguous. Sergio’s young, sensual lover becomes collateral damage in the struggle between these two men. All three of these unfinished stories, found packed in a suitcase after Alberto Moravia’s death, share this narrative premise. But from there, each story unfolds in a unique way. The first patiently explores the slow unfurling of Sergio’s resentment toward Maurizio. The second reveals the calculated bargain Maurizio offers in exchange for his conversion to Sergio’s beloved Communism. And the third switches dramatically to the first person, laying bare Sergio’s conflicted soul.
Anyone interested in literature will relish the opportunity to watch Moravia at work, tinkering with his story and working at it from three unique perspectives.

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Copyright © 2007 RCS Libri SpAOriginally published in Italian as
I due amici
by RCS LibriSpA, Milan, Italy, 2007Translation copyright © 2011 by Marina HarssIntroduction copyright © 2011 by Thomas Erling PetersonProduction Editor:
Yvonne E. Cárdenas
Text Designer:
Simon M. Sullivan
This book was set in 12.5 pt Scala byAlpha Design & Composition of Pittseld, NH10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1All rights reserved. No part of this publication may bereproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means,electronic or mechanical, including photocopying,recording, or by any information storage and retrievalsystem, without written permission from Other PressLLC, except in the case of brief quotations in reviews forinclusion in a magazine, newspaper, or broadcast. Printedin the United States of America on acid-free paper. Forinformation write to Other Press LLC, 2 Park Avenue, 24thFloor, New York, NY 10016. Or visit our Web site:www.otherpress.com
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication
Moravia, Alberto, 1907–1990.[Due amici. English]Two friends = I due amici / by Alberto Moravia ;translated by Marina Harss ; edited by Simone Casini ;introduction by Thomas Erling Peterson.p. cm.ISBN 978-1-59051-336-1 (trade pbk.) — ISBN 978-1-59051-421-4 (ebk.) 1. Young men—Italy—Fiction.2. Communists—Italy—Fiction. 3. Male friendship—Fiction. I. Harss, Marina. II. Casini, Simone. III. Title.PQ4829.O62D8413 2011853'.912—dc222011013258
Publisher’s Note:
This is a work of ction. Names, characters, places, andincidents either are the product of the author’s imagination orare used ctitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons,living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
 
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Alberto Moravia (1907–1980) was Italy’s most success-ful novelist of the twentieth century. A prolific authorof fiction, theatre, essays, film criticism, and travel cor-respondence, Moravia remained until his death a cul-tural icon and presence in Italian public life. A masterof the novel and short story, he created characters whotypically were embroiled in problems of money and sexinterrelated in ingenious plots that reveal the moralweakness of ordinary people caught in predicaments of their own making. At the same time, there are protago-nists in Moravia’s tales who evoke empathy and admira-tion; these are humble and heroic characters who resistthe alienating forces of modern society.Moravia’s first novel,
Gliiniffeenti
(
TheTimeofInif- feence,
 
1929) was a tragicomic portrait of a Roman fam-ily that many saw as an indictment of the Fascist elite,but which the author maintained was an honest picture“from within” of his own world. The precocious workdepicts that world in spare, acrid prose, unforgiving inits existential rendering of a dysfunctional family that is“indifferent” to the higher values of humanistic culture.Moravia achieved great success after World War II with

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