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Thirteen-year-old Agostino is spending the summer at a Tuscan seaside resort with his beautiful widowed mother. When she takes up with a cocksure new companion, Agostino, feeling ignored and unloved, begins hanging around with a group of local young toughs. Though repelled by their squalor and brutality, and repeatedly humiliated for his weakness and ignorance when it comes to women and sex, the boy is increasingly, masochistically drawn to the gang and its rough games. He finds himself unable to make sense of his troubled feelings. Hoping to be full of manly calm, he is instead beset by guilty curiosity and an urgent desire to sever, at any cost, the thread of troubled sensuality that binds him to his mother.

Alberto Moravia’s classic, startling portrait of innocence lost was written in 1942 but rejected by Fascist censors and not published until 1944, when it became a best seller and secured the author the first literary prize of his career. Revived here in a new translation by Michael F. Moore, Agostino is poised to captivate a twenty-first-century audience.

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Alberto Moravia (Italian Alberto Moravia; November 28, 1907, Rome - September 26, 1990, ibid.) - Italian writer, short story writer and journalist. Communist by conviction. The son of an Italian architect and artist of Venetian origin, Carlo Pinkerle and Teresa (de Marsanich) Pinkerle, a native of Ancona. Born on November 28 at his parents` house on Via Sgambati in Rome. His real surname was Pinkerle, and the later pseudonym Moravia was the surname of his Jewish paternal grandmother. Alberto was the second child in the family after his older sister Adriana, in 1909 his younger sister Elena was born, and in 1914 the younger brother of Moravia - Gastone. In the words of Alberto himself, "childhood was ordinary, albeit lonely." At the age of nine, the future writer falls ill with bone tuberculosis, from which he managed to be cleared out only by the age of 17. The disease had a very strong influence on the formation of the personality of Moravia. He is forced to spend five years in bed in various mountain sanatoriums in Italy, Austria and Germany. In A Brief Autobiography, written for the book of Oreste del Buono, Moravia says: "Illness was the most important fact of my life." During his illness, Alberto reads a lot, he is especially attracted by the classics of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Goldoni, Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.). He studies foreign languages ​​(by the time he was discharged from the sanatorium Cortina d`Ampezzo, Moravia already knew three languages ​​- his native Italian, French and German). Begins his writing career. After being discharged, he lives in the small town of Bressanone, where he begins work on his first novel, "Gli indifferenti", which will only be released in 1929 and will be a great success. This year will be marked by an economic crisis in Europe and America, and the convulsions of the capitalist system are reflected in a certain way in this novel, although, of course, not directly. In "Indifferent" there is not a word about unemployment, nor about class struggle, nor about terror. Moravia argued that at the moment when he entered literature, he was not at all interested in politics. He was attracted only by the desire to reflect the truth. Therefore, he gets acquainted with contemporary Italian writers who are close to him in spirit (Corrado Alvaro, Massimo Bontempelli), works in the magazine "XX century" ("XX Novecento"), where he publishes his short story "Tired courtesan" ("Cortigiana stanca"). The official authorities of fascist Italy took the novel "Indifferent" very negatively. Famous critics of that time were also not enthusiastic, so by the end of the 30s they began to talk about him as an accidental author who threw himself out into the first novel. Unable to withstand the pressure from society and fearing persecution from the authorities, Alberto begins to travel, publishing his notes in the newspaper La Stampa .: He visited Greece, China. In 1933 he became one of the founders of the "Caratteri" magazine. In 1935-36. he lives in the USA, where, at the invitation of Giuseppe Prezzolini, he runs the Italian House cultural center at Columbia University. Here Moravia lectures on the works of the greatest Italian authors I.

Nievo, A.

Manzoni, G.

Verga. In France, Moravia meets the anti-fascist emigration. She evoked in him an ambivalent feeling, and this was reflected in the Parisian scenes of the novel "Il conformista" ("Il conformista", 1951). After spending some more time in Mexico, the writer returns to Italy and in 1937 publishes a collection of short stories "Deception" ("L`imbroglio"), which will begin his long collaboration with the publishing house "Bompiani". In the late 1930s, Moravia would no longer have argued that he was not interested in politics. But it is almost impossible to publish an outspoken anti-fascist work in Italy. Nevertheless, Moravia succeeded. In 1941 he published the novel "Masquerade" ("La mascherata", 1941). However, this work is already with the second edition seized by the authorities, and Alberto can no longer write under his real name, and he takes a pseudonym - Pseudo (Pseudo), thus, subscribing to articles in the magazine "Perspectives", which is directed by Curzio Malaparte. In 1941, Moravia marries Elsa Morante, whom he has known since 1936. Elsa was also a writer, though much less significant than her husband. Her most famous work will be the novel "History" ("La storia", 1974). Together with his wife, Alberto lives for a long time on the island of Capri, where he writes the novel Agostino (1944). His anti-government articles in the newspaper Il Popolo di Roma are heavily criticized in the public. In the last years of fascism, the writer was forced to hide, as his name appears on the police lists. After the landing of the Allies in September 1943, Moravia and his wife hid in the town of Fondi, in Chocharia, and based on what he saw and experienced there, Moravia will write one of his most famous novels, Chocara (La ciociara, 1957). In 1944, during the German occupation, stories were published from the collection "Epidemia" ("L`epidemia") and the essays "Hope, or Christianity and Communism" ("La Speranza, ovvero Cristianesimo e Comunismo"). After the liberation of Italy, he returned to Rome and began to actively work in both the literary and journalistic fields. In particular, Moravia will write for the Corriere della Sera newspaper until the last days of his life. In the post-war years, his literary creativity flourished, cinema often turns to his works. After the release of the novel "The Roman Woman" ("La romana", 1947), the novels "Disobedience" ("La disubbidienza", 1948), "Marital Love and Other Stories" ("L`amore coniugale e altri racconti", 1949) and the novel "Conformist" ("Il conformista", 1951). Moravia`s books are translated abroad, films are made on the basis of his works. In 1952 he was awarded the most prestigious literary prize in Italy, La Strega, for the collection I racconti, although the Vatican includes all of his works in the Index of Forbidden Books. A year later, Moravia became one of the founders of the New Arguments magazine (Nuovi argomenti), on the pages of which Jean-Paul Sartre, Elio Vittorini, Italo Calvino and others will be published.

In 1954, the collection “Roman Stories” (“I racconti romani ") and the novel" Contempt "(" Il disprezzo "). In the first half of the 50s, Moravia wrote numerous prefaces to the works of Italian authors, and in 1957 he began to collaborate with the magazine "Espresso", in which he will lead a column on cinema. At the same time, the writer became more and more interested in theater and wrote the plays "Masquerade" and "Beatrice Cenci". In 1958, having visited the Soviet Union for the first time, he published an essay "A Month in the USSR" ("Un mese in URSS"). After the publication in 1959 of the collection "New Roman Tales" ("Nuovi racconti romani"), and in 1960 the novel "Boredom" ("La noia", Viareggio literary prize for 1961), the literary career of the writer is at the height of fame, and Moravia himself is recognized as a leading figure in the literary circles of Rome. Now his opinion is considered one of the most authoritative in the literature. In April 1962, Moravia parted ways with Elsa Morante; his new companion is the young writer Dacha Maraini. In the same year, the essay "Thought of India" ("Un`idea dell`India") and the first of the three planned collection of stories "Robot" ("L`automa") were published. In 1967 the second collection "A Thing is a Thing" ("Una cosa è una cosa") will be released, and in 1970 the third - "Paradise" ("Il paradiso"). In 1963, in a collection entitled "Man as a Completion and Other Essays" ("L`uomo come fine e altri saggi"), Moravia combines essays and essays on various topics, written from 1941 to the early 60s. Having entered into polemics with the neo-avant-garde "Group 63", in 1965 he published his experimental "novel in a novel" "Attention" ("L`attenzione"). In the late 1960s, Moravia`s plays "God Kurt" ("Il dio Kurt", 1968) and "Life is a game" ("La vita è gioco", 1969) were published and staged. In 1971, the influenced Freudian and infamous novel I and He (Io e lui), as well as the critical essay Poetry and Romance (Poesia e romanzo), were published.

trips to Africa, which will result in the book "What Tribe Are You From?" ("A quale tribù appartieni?", 1972). In 1973 his new collection of short stories "Another Life" ("Un`altra vita") was published, and in 1976 - another one, under the title "M-da" ("Boh"). In 1978 he published his new novel "Inner Life" ("La vita interiore"), which was the result of seven years of work. [edit] The last years of his life In 1983, the collection of short stories "The Thing" ("La cosa") was published, dedicated to Carmen Ller, the new life companion of Moravia, a Spanish woman, almost 47 years younger than the writer. He married her in 1986, causing many rumors and scandals. In the second half of the 1980s, two volumes of his Collected Works were published, covering respectively the periods from 1927 to 1947. and from 1948 to 1968. In 1984 he became a member of the European Parliament, elected as an independent candidate from the Italian Communist Party. During this time he was working on reports from Strasbourg for the European Diary column of the Corriere della Sera newspaper. In 1990, together with journalist Alain Elkann, Moravia wrote the world famous autobiography entitled “The Life of Moravia” (“Vita di Moravia”). The great writer Alberto Moravia passed away in his apartment in Rome on September 26, 1990. Posthumously published collections of early stories "Romildo" ("Romildo", 1993) and "Lost stories" ("Racconti dispersi", 2000). Taken from wikipedia

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Alberto Moravia (Italian Alberto Moravia; November 28, 1907, Rome - September 26, 1990, ibid.) - Italian writer, short story writer and journalist. Communist by conviction. The son of an Italian architect and artist of Venetian origin, Carlo Pinkerle and Teresa (de Marsanich) Pinkerle, a native of Ancona. Born on November 28 at his parents` house on Via Sgambati in Rome. His real surname was Pinkerle, and the later pseudonym Moravia was the surname of his Jewish paternal grandmother. Alberto was the second child in the family after his older sister Adriana, in 1909 his younger sister Elena was born, and in 1914 the younger brother of Moravia - Gastone. In the words of Alberto himself, "childhood was ordinary, albeit lonely." At the age of nine, the future writer falls ill with bone tuberculosis, from which he managed to be cleared out only by the age of 17. The disease had a very strong influence on the formation of the personality of Moravia. He is forced to spend five years in bed in various mountain sanatoriums in Italy, Austria and Germany. In A Brief Autobiography, written for the book of Oreste del Buono, Moravia says: "Illness was the most important fact of my life." During his illness, Alberto reads a lot, he is especially attracted by the classics of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Goldoni, Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.). He studies foreign languages ​​(by the time he was discharged from the sanatorium Cortina d`Ampezzo, Moravia already knew three languages ​​- his native Italian, French and German). Begins his writing career. After being discharged, he lives in the small town of Bressanone, where he begins work on his first novel, "Gli indifferenti", which will only be released in 1929 and will be a great success. This year will be marked by an economic crisis in Europe and America, and the convulsions of the capitalist system are reflected in a certain way in this novel, although, of course, not directly. In "Indifferent" there is not a word about unemployment, nor about class struggle, nor about terror. Moravia argued that at the moment when he entered literature, he was not at all interested in politics. He was attracted only by the desire to reflect the truth. Therefore, he gets acquainted with contemporary Italian writers who are close to him in spirit (Corrado Alvaro, Massimo Bontempelli), works in the magazine "XX century" ("XX Novecento"), where he publishes his short story "Tired courtesan" ("Cortigiana stanca"). The official authorities of fascist Italy took the novel "Indifferent" very negatively. Famous critics of that time were also not enthusiastic, so by the end of the 30s they began to talk about him as an accidental author who threw himself out into the first novel. Unable to withstand the pressure from society and fearing persecution from the authorities, Alberto begins to travel, publishing his notes in the newspaper La Stampa .: He visited Greece, China. In 1933 he became one of the founders of the "Caratteri" magazine. In 1935-36. he lives in the USA, where, at the invitation of Giuseppe Prezzolini, he runs the Italian House cultural center at Columbia University. Here Moravia lectures on the works of the greatest Italian authors I. Nievo, A. Manzoni, G. Verga. In France, Moravia meets the anti-fascist emigration. She evoked in him an ambivalent feeling, and this was reflected in the Parisian scenes of the novel "Il conformista" ("Il conformista", 1951). After spending some more time in Mexico, the writer returns to Italy and in 1937 publishes a collection of short stories "Deception" ("L`imbroglio"), which will begin his long collaboration with the publishing house "Bompiani". In the late 1930s, Moravia would no longer have argued that he was not interested in politics. But it is almost impossible to publish an outspoken anti-fascist work in Italy. Nevertheless, Moravia succeeded. In 1941 he published the novel "Masquerade" ("La mascherata", 1941). However, this work is already with the second edition seized by the authorities, and Alberto can no longer write under his real name, and he takes a pseudonym - Pseudo (Pseudo), thus, subscribing to articles in the magazine "Perspectives", which is directed by Curzio Malaparte. In 1941, Moravia marries Elsa Morante, whom he has known since 1936. Elsa was also a writer, though much less significant than her husband. Her most famous work will be the novel "History" ("La storia", 1974). Together with his wife, Alberto lives for a long time on the island of Capri, where he writes the novel Agostino (1944). His anti-government articles in the newspaper Il Popolo di Roma are heavily criticized in the public. In the last years of fascism, the writer was forced to hide, as his name appears on the police lists. After the landing of the Allies in September 1943, Moravia and his wife hid in the town of Fondi, in Chocharia, and based on what he saw and experienced there, Moravia will write one of his most famous novels, Chocara (La ciociara, 1957). In 1944, during the German occupation, stories were published from the collection "Epidemia" ("L`epidemia") and the essays "Hope, or Christianity and Communism" ("La Speranza, ovvero Cristianesimo e Comunismo"). After the liberation of Italy, he returned to Rome and began to actively work in both the literary and journalistic fields. In particular, Moravia will write for the Corriere della Sera newspaper until the last days of his life. In the post-war years, his literary creativity flourished, cinema often turns to his works. After the release of the novel "The Roman Woman" ("La romana", 1947), the novels "Disobedience" ("La disubbidienza", 1948), "Marital Love and Other Stories" ("L`amore coniugale e altri racconti", 1949) and the novel "Conformist" ("Il conformista", 1951). Moravia`s books are translated abroad, films are made on the basis of his works. In 1952 he was awarded the most prestigious literary prize in Italy, La Strega, for the collection I racconti, although the Vatican includes all of his works in the Index of Forbidden Books. A year later, Moravia became one of the founders of the New Arguments magazine (Nuovi argomenti), on the pages of which Jean-Paul Sartre, Elio Vittorini, Italo Calvino and others will be published. In 1954, the collection “Roman Stories” (“I racconti romani ") and the novel" Contempt "(" Il disprezzo "). In the first half of the 50s, Moravia wrote numerous prefaces to the works of Italian authors, and in 1957 he began to collaborate with the magazine "Espresso", in which he will lead a column on cinema. At the same time, the writer became more and more interested in theater and wrote the plays "Masquerade" and "Beatrice Cenci". In 1958, having visited the Soviet Union for the first time, he published an essay "A Month in the USSR" ("Un mese in URSS"). After the publication in 1959 of the collection "New Roman Tales" ("Nuovi racconti romani"), and in 1960 the novel "Boredom" ("La noia", Viareggio literary prize for 1961), the literary career of the writer is at the height of fame, and Moravia himself is recognized as a leading figure in the literary circles of Rome. Now his opinion is considered one of the most authoritative in the literature. In April 1962, Moravia parted ways with Elsa Morante; his new companion is the young writer Dacha Maraini. In the same year, the essay "Thought of India" ("Un`idea dell`India") and the first of the three planned collection of stories "Robot" ("L`automa") were published. In 1967 the second collection "A Thing is a Thing" ("Una cosa è una cosa") will be released, and in 1970 the third - "Paradise" ("Il paradiso"). In 1963, in a collection entitled "Man as a Completion and Other Essays" ("L`uomo come fine e altri saggi"), Moravia combines essays and essays on various topics, written from 1941 to the early 60s. Having entered into polemics with the neo-avant-garde "Group 63", in 1965 he published his experimental "novel in a novel" "Attention" ("L`attenzione"). In the late 1960s, Moravia`s plays "God Kurt" ("Il dio Kurt", 1968) and "Life is a game" ("La vita è gioco", 1969) were published and staged. In 1971, the influenced Freudian and infamous novel I and He (Io e lui), as well as the critical essay Poetry and Romance (Poesia e romanzo), were published. trips to Africa, which will result in the book "What Tribe Are You From?" ("A quale tribù appartieni?", 1972). In 1973 his new collection of short stories "Another Life" ("Un`altra vita") was published, and in 1976 - another one, under the title "M-da" ("Boh"). In 1978 he published his new novel "Inner Life" ("La vita interiore"), which was the result of seven years of work. [edit] The last years of his life In 1983, the collection of short stories "The Thing" ("La cosa") was published, dedicated to Carmen Ller, the new life companion of Moravia, a Spanish woman, almost 47 years younger than the writer. He married her in 1986, causing many rumors and scandals. In the second half of the 1980s, two volumes of his Collected Works were published, covering respectively the periods from 1927 to 1947. and from 1948 to 1968. In 1984 he became a member of the European Parliament, elected as an independent candidate from the Italian Communist Party. During this time he was working on reports from Strasbourg for the European Diary column of the Corriere della Sera newspaper. In 1990, together with journalist Alain Elkann, Moravia wrote the world famous autobiography entitled “The Life of Moravia” (“Vita di Moravia”). The great writer Alberto Moravia passed away in his apartment in Rome on September 26, 1990. Posthumously published collections of early stories "Romildo" ("Romildo", 1993) and "Lost stories" ("Racconti dispersi", 2000). Taken from wikipedia