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The glitter and cynicism of Rome under Mussolini provide the background of what is probably Alberto Moravia’s best and best-known novel — The Woman of Rome. It’s the story of Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty who models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment when she traded her private dream of home and chThe glitter and cynicism of Rome under Mussolini provide the background of what is probably Alberto Moravia’s best and best-known novel — The Woman of Rome. It’s the story of Adriana, a simple girl with no fortune but her beauty who models naked for a painter, accepts gifts from men, and could never quite identify the moment when she traded her private dream of home and children for the life of a prostitute. One of the very few novels of the twentieth century which can be ranked with the work of Dostoevsky, The Woman of Rome also tells the stories of the tortured university student Giacomo, a failed revolutionary who refuses to admit his love for Adriana; of the sinister figure of Astarita, the Secret Police officer obsessed with Adriana; and of the coarse and brutal criminal Sonzogno, who treats Adriana as his private property. Within this story of passion and betrayal, Moravia calmly strips away the pride and arrogance hiding the corrupt heart of Italian Fascism....

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The Woman of Rome Reviews

  • Yani
    2018-11-08 21:04

    Pero yo me he preguntado con frecuencia por qué la tristeza y la rabia habitan tan a menudo el alma de aquellos que quieren vivir según ciertos preceptos o acomodarse a ciertos ideales, y por qué, en cambio, aquellos que aceptan la propia vida, que es, sin embargo, nulidad, oscuridad y flaqueza están por el contrario alegres y despreocupados.Había dicho que tenía “una buena justificación” para la nota que le puse, un poco a la contraria del buen promedio que posee este libro en Goodreads. En realidad, no sé si es buena o mala: esta opinión refleja simplemente mi experiencia como lectora de una novela que, en apariencia, retrata la vida de una mujer en la Italia de Mussolini. Yo dudo. Lo hago porque el contexto histórico aparece en la mitad de la novela y, mientras el lector espera pinceladas de la época, tiene que soportar los problemas sentimentales de una joven que se encuentra al margen de la comprensión ¿Porque se pasó la mitad de su vida en una isla? Nada de eso: no le interesa porque no quiere entender. Por ende, Moravia le arma un séquito de personajes masculinos que se encargan deiluminarlaen lo que se refiere a política y demás embrollos. He aquí la cuestión: la novela se lee desde una óptica que puede hallar la Historia en partes minúsculas y no desde una perspectiva de género, que encontraría temas del tamaño de un elefante. Este es el momento en el cual pueden cerrar el navegador o abrir Instagram porque me pongo densa con algo que sólo cinco personas querrían leer y debatir. Ya advertí. Rechazo reclamos en los comentarios.La romanacuenta la historia de Adriana, una joven romana que atraviesa dificultades económicas desde que tiene memoria. Su madre es camisera y prácticamente la obliga a posar para artistas debido a su gran belleza. Por lo general, lo hace desnuda y le pagan miserias, así que la madre se pelea constantemente con los pintores mientras la vende como si fuera un florero porque la quiere bien (según Adriana). Cuando su pareja, Gino, la ilusiona con el casamiento y su amiga Gisela, junto con otras personas, la fuerzan a una situación horrible, Adriana cambia de parecer. Ella quería un futuro con un marido, hijos y una casa limpia y ordenada hasta que se da cuenta de que ejercer como prostituta la ayuda a obtener aquello que antes sólo podía admirar sin tocar en el presente. La decisión es drástica y no tiene demasiada profundidad de por medio. La protagonista necesita un punto de quiebre para lanzarse a esa profesión (la palabra puede ser discutible, pero es la que usa Adriana para conceptualizar lo que hace) y Moravia le da dos que parecen endebles. Sin embargo, puede que al final de todo sea entendible, porque esta novela muestra cómo la desesperación puede llevar a tomar decisiones igualmente desesperadas sin importar quién hayas sido en el pasado. Moravia plantea, a través de la voz de Adriana (la narradora es ella), una idea que aparentemente se halla en todos sus libros: no hay que rebelarse contra el destino, sino seguirlo. Lo resume la cita que dejé al principio de la reseña. Ahora bien, hay cosas que pueden aceptarse como vienen, pero otras no. Ahí está el problema. Adriana conoce a muchos hombres. Con algunos sólo mantiene la relación prostituta- cliente, pero a otros los trata con más asiduidad y se meten en la trama para complejizarla. Todos son personajes masculinos desagradables por distintas razones y no hay ninguno que sea querible o eche un poco de luz en esta novela tan sórdida. Allí aparecen las justificaciones que Adriana, siempre tambaleando entre la ingenuidad y la astucia, se inventa para “cubrir” a estos hombres. Los principales son Gino, Astarita, Jacobo y Sonzogno. Cada uno esconde secretos y se comportan muy mal con ella: la cosifican, le gritan, la tratan de estúpida, la golpean, la manipulan, la acosan. No diré quién hace qué. Y Adriana sigue narrando como si nada, preguntando el motivo de esas actitudes y rebajándose a sí misma porque, a fin de cuentas, sólo es una prostituta. De esta forma se ubica a sí misma por debajo de todas las mujeres pero se siente superior a otras porque sabe hacer bien el amor. Estas no son mis opiniones: son las suyas. Adriana siente simpatía y compasión por cada hombre que se le cruza en la vida y busca la identificación para seguir con su trato “bondadoso”. Se enamora de uno y se vuelve muy pesada, hasta un poco infantil. Mientras, los vínculos con su madre (este personaje es turbio y dice cosas con mucha razón, pero la hacen quedar como una loca) y con su amiga Gisela se vuelven extraños y cada vez que mira a una mujer lo hace criticándola. Podría extenderme en esto, pero lo reservo para no agotar (o algún futuro ensayo, quizá).La romanaconsta de trescientas sesenta páginas utilizadas para que Adriana muestre lo triste que se hace vivir en una Roma de sombras, en donde se extiende la mano de un régimen que puede llevarse por delante al hombre que más quiere (aunque él a ella la deteste). A esto se suma una subtrama que empieza con el robo de una polvera (view spoiler)[ (la ladrona es Adriana, de hecho)(hide spoiler)] y su viaje en manos de delincuentes. De esa cantidad de páginas, sólo un cuarto se dedica a complejizar y resolver estos temas. El resto se ocupa de las cosas que describí en el párrafo anterior: las relaciones tóxicas, el patetismo de Adriana, su sentimentalismo constante. La novela termina de manera forzosa y con una sucesión dedeus ex machina,dejando a los verdaderos protagonistas de la misma (los hombres), en un punto sin retorno. Está bien escrita pero no presenta ninguna traba estilística, ni siquiera estética, así que considero que eso es un punto fuerte para que la novela guste y no sea desechada por otras cuestiones. Detecté problemas que pueden parecer mínimos pero que inciden en mi calificación negativa. Existen ciertas situaciones, sobre todo las relacionadas a la salud, que me hicieron preguntar si Moravia ahorró detalles para autocensurarse o si lo hizo por desconocimiento de la materia, ya que además concernían a la mujer. (view spoiler)[ Me refiero a las visitas que Adriana hace al médico, que por lo general son de índole ginecológica. La revisación no se describe y el doctor da sus conclusiones con una seguridad increíble. También me hizo gracia la presentación de síntomas de embarazo. Parecía sacada de una telenovela y de repente el lector se entera de los mareos previos de Adriana.(hide spoiler)] En fin, la escritura de Moravia no es algo que haya replanteado mi lista de autores favoritos porque no encontré nada nuevo en él. Adriana, para ser una chica sin educación (lo repite todo el tiempo), es una buena narradora. Lo acepto. Sin embargo, no se condice con su poca voluntad para entender la política y la literatura. Me quedan cosas en el tintero pero prefiero cerrar este texto tan amargo. Leo libros para disfrutarlos y siempre trato de sacar lo bueno, incluso cuando califico con pocas estrellas. Quería sentir el ambiente de la Italia fascista y me topé con una historia de amores violentos que no van a ninguna parte, mientras la protagonista está cegada por sus ansias de amar y ser amada. Es trágico y real, pero no cumple la promesa del libro o, al menos, las promesas de las reseñas que leí. No ayuda en absoluto que se romantice tanto la prostitución y se presente a Adriana como una mujer librada a su destino cuando queda claro que puede cambiarlo positivamente porque tiene capacidad. Y que conste queLa romanase quedó a medio camino por su escasa brillantez literaria y no sólo por mi decepción con respecto al contenido.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-10-23 17:00

    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 is more moral?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.

  • Ivana
    2018-10-16 16:08

    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 it...I think what I liked most about The Woman of Rome is a certain sense of doom...an 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 in...and tied by strings that we cannot ever completely free ourselves from...that is what I've gathered from it anyway. In any case, it really is quite a book.Brilliant characterization...I just cannot believe how good this writer is at getting inside a women's head...particularly 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 overused...but in this case...even if you're tired of such stories, make an exception for this really is an exceptional novel.

  • Emily
    2018-11-12 19:51

    Adriana is a young woman of Mussolini’s Italy who becomes a prostitute, or more accurately, 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.

  • pearl
    2018-11-11 19:00

    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.

  • Giovanna
    2018-10-13 23:47

    Leggere Moravia ,per me, è come seguire una linea dritta e chiara.La sua prosa è misurata ed egli ci prende per mano accompagnandoci lungo il racconto,con calma e pacatezza.Da maestro paziente ci fa notare tutti i particolari,ci descrive con tale accuratezza gli ambienti che è come se ci fossimo dentro,e dei personaggi esalta con così tanta maestria carattere e particolari fisici da farceli immaginare come fossero davanti a noi,pronti a chiederci qualcosa.Di loro ci descrive e spiega chiaramente motivazioni e pensieri,con i suoi modi un pò freddi e distaccati ma pieni di lirismo.In questo caso in particolare l'effetto è accentuato dal fatto che il romanzo è scritto in prima persona e noi ci ritroviamo a seguire la protagonista dal di dentro,passo passo,lungo tutta la sua evoluzione sentimentale e psicologica,capendo perfettamente (anche se magari non le condividiamo in alcun modo)le motivazioni che la conducono lungo il percorso di vita che essa sceglie.Per l'ennesima volta:leggiamo Moravia.

  • Diana Krajnikova
    2018-10-25 18:53

    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.

  • مهند
    2018-10-26 19:51

    رواية شهيرة للاديب الايطالي البرتو مورافيا تناول فيها قضية الجمال الانثوي عندما يحاول الفرد استغلاله للوصول الى مركز اجتماعي مرموق ولكن الظروف احيانا تعاكسه في واقع اجتماعي مرير...الرواية بديعة وفيها نلتمس عبقرية الابداع التحليلي لمورافيا الرواية طبعت مرارا وتحولت الى افلام سينمائية

  • Martin
    2018-10-16 00:05

    The naïve girl was clearly mentaly unstable and fell in love every ten pages or so. The book is not devoid of interesting bits, but amazingly it lacks any likeable character

  • Robin Friedman
    2018-10-27 16:52

    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 it more as the story of Adriana. I am more inclined 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 no more successful 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

  • Philip Lee
    2018-11-01 20:49

    'The Woman of Rome' ('La romana' – Italy, 1947; USA, 1951)by Alberto MoraviaI can't begin a review this book, which I first read in 1978, without some discussion of prostitution. 'The woman of Rome' is the first-person narrative of a street walker. Not quite the lowest rung on the Roman pay-for-sex ladder, it asks on the cover of the 1951 US edition, Was She Good - or Was She bad?It will come as no shock to anyone that sex is a commodity bought and sold on the market. And yet, while the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s flourished, prostitution remained largely underground. Why was its liberation limited to bigger and brighter red lights districts? The answer seems to be that with marriage no longer the only outlet for lust, the new shame of paying for sex was Inadequacy. On the level playing field of 'free love', anyone resorting to a prostitute was not considered up to the task of attracting a mate. Then it turns out, in kiss-and-tell biographies published since, a good proportion of the 'dolly birds', 'groupies' and 'free-love hippies' on the scene were all the time selling their companionship in one way or another - as were many gay and straight men - through clubs, contact magazines and what have you. Nowadays prostitution is, like, the new rock'n'roll.'The Woman of Rome' was written just post-World War Two, while the sexual revolution was barely in its gestation period. It is set in 1936, in Mussolini's fascist Italy, a time and place of much give-and-take in private morals. Would it be true to say, therefore, that a different moral code should be applied when reading it? Should we look very differently on Adriana, 'The Woman of Rome', than on a trafficked Asian woman of 2013? According to her own account, Adriana's family has lived in the city for seven generations. The daughter of a seamstress and (deceased) railway worker, at the age of 21 she discovers her chauffeur 'fiancé'/lover is already a husband and father. She is raped by a high official in the fascist police. Thereafter, thwarted of her marriage dream and in order to escape a life of drudgery, she decides to go on the streets. She does so, moreover, with the support and approval of her mother.A great conundrum is the extent to which Adriana enjoys her sex work and considers it wholesome. Having lost her virginity to the chauffeur, and being raped with the collusion of a friend who is already a prostitute, the life she turns to holds little horror for her; she has a healthy appetite for sleeping with men, young or elderly, strange or familiar. Nor do visits to church and the confessional persuade her there is very much morally wrong in her work. Some of her clients are old and uncouth, others knock her about a bit, and yet she always manages to find some aspect of them attractive enough to be an enthusiastic participant in the bed act. All this would be hard to credit, and harder still with the stark realism of the writing. Somehow, though, Adriana is not a fantasy figure, even in the way she finds sexual fulfilment with both casual clients, and the men she gets deeply involved with. Firmly rooted in her time and setting, it's somehow even possible to picture her life as charmed and idyllic. For Adriana is discerning about who she sleeps with; she only works when she feels in the mood; and she scorns the attitude of her friend Gisella, who forever haggles over money with her clients. Unlike her friend, 'The Woman of Rome' takes a special kind of pride in her profession, as she calls it, never claiming to be anything she is not.The novel sets Adriana's life against the political situation of the day when she reminds us that 1936 was the year Italy brutally invaded Abyssinia. In revenge for the chauffeur's lies, she has stolen a valuable compact from his employer. It is a small crime but sets off a chain of tragic events that involves all her men: the cheating ex-lover Gino; Astarita, the fascist policeman who is madly in love with her; a psychopathic murderer, Sonzogno; and the student Mino, an anti-fascist with whom she in turn has fallen in love. Her relationship with Mino is scarred by the masochistic acceptance, even enjoyment, of the pain he brings her. He doesn't return her love and neither does he pay her to sleep with him. Nevertheless, she risks everything to help him, even when he lets her - and everyone else - down. No matter how strong Adriana's love for Mino is, she admits it is the brutal Sonzogno who possesses her most completely - a feeling she maintains even in the face of his evil intent. Being the lover of all these men, Adriana takes a little from each. Her positive attitude, although she herself feels suicidal at times, continuously asserts itself and in her way, given that a disastrous war is just around the corner, she comes to represent the spirit and beauty of the Italian people.I can't help wondering if Moravia wasn't writing from some personal experience in pre-World War Two Italy, as Adriana's voice is so vivid and full of little twists of character. At the same time, the portrayal of a prostitute, without ever stooping into sentimentalism, is so strong and vibrant, Adriana transcends those around her. There are weaknesses in the novel's other portrayals, particularly Astarita's unprobed obsession with the lowly prostitute, but in a way this enforces her otherness, as nobody really deserves her.Though Moravia was supposed to be an atheist, it would be difficult to read this book without drawing some comparison with the Madonna. In fact there is Adriana's meeting with the mysterious and Christ-like Father Elia and then her – apparently rejected – prayer to the Virgin. There is, at least, a supra-religious statement here regarding the imminent birth of the fatherless child.As to me, reading the book again after thirty-five years, I am confirmed in my admiration for this kind of writing. Like the two-part film 1900 by Bertolucci (which I saw around the same time I first read the book) it is pellucid (a term the translator chooses twice), stark, super-real and romantic in a detached way. It's easy to fall in love with Adriana, and to maintain a sense of proportion. She is both a fictional character (someone that can't be possessed) and, aw shucks, a prostitute (ditto). I don't think a man could write a book like 'The Woman of Rome' today without receiving a lot of flak – or peppering it with graphic sex. More pertinently, these days it's less credible for an author to paste an uneducated person's voice over a complex narrative. You're going to have to find some clever angle to give it spin. Without all our post-modern clutter, the pulse of this book is strong and inspiring. We could do with a return to writing of this sort.Note on the text:The translation in my (lovely old paperback) copy, by Lydia Holland, seems reasonable except for lapses in tense, which frequently attribute habitual behaviour to characters Adriana has just met, as in “he used to...”, or “he would...”. There is also an inconsistency in the plot, when Adriana invites Astarita to visit her the night after Mino reappears, which is a tantamount promise to sleep with him; then six weeks pass before their next meeting. Given Astarita is madly in love with her, it seems rather far-fetched. Perhaps this is also down to a fault in translation - a missed nuance, perhaps - as the action is otherwise delicately plotted?

  • Fathi
    2018-10-21 17:10

    ربما يكون اوجه القصور الوحيد في الرواية هو أن هناك جزء ناقص من روح الرواية .. فرغم براعة مورافيا لكن هناك جزء داخلي عن احساس المرأة التي يأتي السرد في الرواية من خلالها أظنه غير كامل فيما عدا ذلك فمورفيا ينسج خيوطه ببراعة من خلال اربع شخصيات رئيسية الفتاة وامها وصديقها وصديقه الطامع بها

  • Dee
    2018-11-09 16:46

    WOW. This is one of the most amazing books that I have ever read and I do not say this lightly! Just WOW.

  • Raquel Curvacheiro
    2018-11-11 19:58

    Este livro, um dos mais conhecidos, no nosso país, de Alberto Moravia, foi escrito entre 1943 e 1946, sendo publicado em ’47 e foi, segundo vários críticos da obra do autor, um marco importante no desenvolvimento criativo do escritor. Focada principalmente em Adriana, uma jovem pobre, sensível, optimista e sonhadora que, quebrada pelas agruras da vida, recorre à prostituição como forma de subsistência, a obra conta ainda com outras personagens que, à sua maneira, vivem também a sua desilusão e mágoa de viver – um oficial Fascista e um idealista que, ao ser interrogado por agentes, acaba por, contra as suas ideologias e crenças, entregar os seus colegas ás autoridades. Sendo a desilusão humana face aos obstáculos que a vida lhe impõe uma característica de Moravia, este romance tem, contudo, um véu de esperança que, sendo uma característica única e pessoal de Adriana, não encontramos nas outras obras.Adriana, uma jovem de grande beleza e dona de um corpo escultural, vive com a sua mãe, Margherita, num nível de pobreza honesta. Adriana aspira, mais do que tudo, a um casamento feliz com Gino, por quem se apaixona perdidamente, mas a sua mãe, costureira de profissão, após ter sido seduzida e abandonada por um homem, perdeu toda a confiança nos homens e no casamento… Assim sendo, planeia a sua própria ascensão social às custas da beleza da filha. Para isso começa por incentivar Adriana a posar como modelo para pintores. Nos estúdios dos artistas conhece outras raparigas que para eles posam, sendo que começa uma amizade com Gisella, uma rapariga que, sem que Adriana o saiba, não olha a meios para atingir os fins. Entretanto um agente policial fascista, Astarita, apaixona-se por Adriana e pretende, a qualquer custo, partilhar com ela momentos de amor e luxúria. Com a cumplicidade de Gisella, e recorrendo à chantagem e ao amor que ela tem por Gino, consegue partilhar com ela momentos de intimidade pelos quais lhe paga a soma de 3 mil liras. Mais tarde, e descobrindo que Gino já é casado, Astarita usa esta informação para tentar fazer com que a jovem se apaixone por si. Desiludida com o amor e os homens, Adriana decide que não será mulher de nenhum mas amante de todos, tornando-se prostituta. Após várias peripécias, sempre seguida pelo polícia que a não esquece, Adriana conhece e apaixona-se por Giacomo, um estudante de Direito, reivindicativo e permanentemente descontente com a sociedade e com todos (incluindo ele próprio). Giacomo, um idealista que, por vezes, parece não saber em que acredita, planeia com amigos uma revolta anti-fascista chegando, inclusive, a elaborar panfletos de teor político. Quando, mais tarde, é pressionado pela polícia, trai os seus ideais e os seus amigos, entregando-os aos agentes. Incapaz de viver com o remorso, acaba por se matar.O curioso deste romance é que a personagem que mais motivos tem para se entregar ao desânimo, Adriana (primeiro pela sua pobreza e pela criação que a sua mãe lhe dá, depois pela forma como é, continuamente, enganada e usada pelos homens da sua vida, a forma como tem de usar os atributos físicos para conseguir sair do negrume social e económico em que vive, o facto de engravidar de um homem que não ama e de perder o homem que quer), é precisamente essa a personagem que transmite a sensação de esperança, crença e optimismo que, ainda que subtilmente, dá o colorido à obra.

  • Maša
    2018-11-05 17:55

    amazing, possibly my favorite bookmoraviaU stvari, ja sam ovamo dosla nespremna, sa srcem prepunim planova za buducnost od kojih se nisam htjela odreci ni pod koju cijenu. A mislim da se ono sto se meni tada na tako okrutan nacin desilo, desava na razne nacine svima onima koji gaje cak i skromne, opravdane, bezazlene zelje kao so su bile moje. svijet nas drzi pomocu nasih zelja i prije ili poslije, primorava nas da za njih platimo skupu i bolnu cijenu. Samo oni koji su sasvim osamljeni ili koji su se svega odrekli, mogu da se nadaju da nece biti prisiljeni da je plate. Gledala oko sebe s paznjom, koja je bila lisena predasnje smjelosti i sto sam sada i ljude i trgove i prijevozna sredstva, prvi put poslije toliko mjeseci, ponovno vidjela u nemilosrdnom svijetu njihove stvarnosti, dakle, ni lijepe, ni zanimljive, ni beznacajne, vec onakve, kakvi su zaista bili, vidjela sam ih onakve, kao sto ih vidi pijan covjek kad se otrijezni. ali ja sam uvijek kada bi me netko uvrijedio uvijek osjecala zelju da za onoga tko me uvrijedio pronadem opravdanje i da sto brze zaboravim na uvredu. ako se u meni zbog uvrede desi kakva promjena, ona se ne ispoljava u mom drzanju ni u mojoj spoljasnosti, vec mnogo dublje, u mojo dusi koja se zatvara u samu sebe, kao sto se zatvara zdravo i zivo meso koje je zadobilo ranu i koje nastoji da rana sto prije zaraste. istina, oziljci ipak ostaju jer ove gotovo nesvjesne promjene u dusi imaju definitivan karakter. pozeljela sam da i ja posto sam otkrila dinovu prevaru, vise ne zivim, ali je moje tijelo, ne vodeci brigu o mojim zeljama zivjelo i dalje za svoj racun, i nastavljalo da zivi. I moje grudi, i moje noge, i moji bokovi, koji su se tako svidali muskarcima, nastavili su i dalje da zive, a i moj seks medu nogama nastavljao je da zivi i dalje, i da u meni i onda kad to nisam zeljela budi zelju za ljubavlju. Nista nije pomagalo sto sam ispruzena na krevetu zeljela da vise ne zivim, da se ujutro vise ne probudim, moje tijelo je dok sam spavala nastavljalo da zivi, krv je i dalje tekla mojim zilama, stomak i crijeva su varili, dlake ispod pazuha, tamo gdje sam ih obrijala, ponovno su nicale, nokti rasli, dlake se vlazile znojem, moja snaga se vracala. U odredeni sat ujutro, a da to nisam zeljela, dizali su se kapci na mojim ocima i one su ponovno, protiv svoje volje, gledale stvarnost koju su mrzile. i tako usprkos mojoj zelj i da umrem, ja sam zivjela i dalje i morala da zivim pa sam zato odlucila, izvodeci zakljucak iz sveg toga, da se prilagodim zivotu i da o svemu tome vise ne mislim. Mislila sam da se svim ljudima bar jednom dnevno desava da i oni osjecaju da se zivot svodi na neizrecivu i apsurdnu patnju, samo sto ni kod njih, kao ni kod mene, to saznanje nije ostavljalo nikakve vidljive tragove. i oni su, kao i ja, poslije toga izlazili iz svojih kuca i koracali iskreno deklamirajuci svoju neiskrenu ulogu. ta je misao potvrdivala moje ubjedenje da su svi ljudi odreda dostojni zaljenja, ako ni zbog cega drugog, a ono zato sto zive.

  • Lora Grigorova
    2018-10-30 22:01

    The Woman of Rome: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...Adriana is a whore, but a good one. She has taken a very difficult profession – to satisfy sexually men, who provoke contrary feelings in her. And Adriana is very good at putting aside her own disgust while simulating passionate love. Adriana derives sensual pleasure from money – getting paid for her sexual activities brings her pleasure. And yet, Adriana has an enveloping personality, one that assumes good in all people, one that doesn’t judge others and herself, and one that accepts her life the way it is without complaining. Are we to judge her?Alberto Moravia, one of the most prominent Italian authors, creates an amazing novel about sexuality, social alienation, existentialism, and morality through the eyes of a Roman prostitute in the 1940s. When we first meet Adriana, she is posing as a model for various artist in Rome. Her mother, a poor woman of little virtue, is convinced (as is Adriana herself) of the immense beauty of her daughter. She believes Adriana can use this beauty to advance in life and to get from men anything she wants. Judging the mother is easy if we don’t take into account her hard life. A model herself, she had to give up her dreams when getting pregnant and to reconcile to a life with a poor man with no prospects. Her only purpose in life is to make sure her daughter doesn’t go the same way. At the beginning the 16th-year-old Adriana is a naive young girl, who dreams of finding a husband, having children, and leaving in a clean white house. Her dreams of a calm and ordinary life seem very close to reality when she meets the charming Gino. Their love affair is about to reach marriage, when Adriana discovers a shocking secret. Her world is shaken; she turns to the only profession that her beauty can bring her – prostitution.Read more: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...

  • Mochizuki
    2018-11-08 21:50

    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".

  • Fiera78
    2018-11-03 18:45

    Very nice book about young nice girl which dicides to become prostitute because of desillusion of her first love. Nevertheless she is much better than the others in moral side of personality.Book is devided into two parts. The first part is telling the story about Adriana, her mum and first Adriana's love with Gino. And also there you can read why Adriana become the prostitute and how she thinks about that (it just job for her, nothing less nothing more).The second part is more scenic. And the story is more complicated. There are many relations between Adriana and her "customers".The end is quit sad, but nice ending of the story.In the begining it was a little bit strange for me read Adriana's view and feelings ect. because this story is by man. But in the end It was very good way how to share this story. I absolutely recomand you to read this book. It's fantastic.

  • James
    2018-10-24 21:54

    Set in Fascist Roma, this novel recounts the coming of age of a beautiful, young and poor Roman girl. The story focuses on her passage from innocence to experience that is brought about at the hands of her mother and a series of men with whom she has relationships.The most striking thing about this novel is the protagonist and narrator, Adriana, who is portrayed vividly by Moravia. Her innocence as she opens the story is slowly peeled away by her experiences as the narrative progresses, but is done so in such a way as to be completely believable and engrossing. A very good novel.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-14 22:10

    Had long struggling with this book. At the end, I can say that this was a fine book. Some moments were better than the other ones. It's nicely written and there were times where I truly love it, again times I didn't enjoy this at all. Overall even though I didn't like the main character this was fine book

  • Alyaa Adany
    2018-11-09 16:50

    قطعة من الجمال الجمل الصغيرة التى تحوي رؤي تحليلة نفسية غاية فى الدقة أبهرتنى أكثر من اى شئ أخرالرواية تحتاج أن أعيد قرائتها وأضع خطوطاً تحت الجمل التى استوقفتنى والتحليلات التى أعجزتنى لآتامل بها مرة أخرى واستخلص كامل عبيرها وأرى إن كانت تصادق الواقع حقاً وتستحق منى هذا الابهار ام انه وميض الكتابة الرائعة لـ آلبرتو ولا ينفك آن يزول

  • Karyn
    2018-11-04 17:45

    880. The Woman of Rome: Alberto Moravia

  • Nada alhamad
    2018-10-18 21:15

    ومع ان القصة معتادة ومكررة الا ان اسلوب مورافيا الحي التصويري يجعلك تعيش القصه بكل تفاصيلها وجوانبها

  • Denisa Ballová
    2018-11-08 20:14

    Rím ako sídlo pápežskej moci a zároveň metropola škandálov a tiež erotiky. Také je mesto v príbehu Alberta Moraviu o prostitútke Adriane.Ona je nešťastne zaľúbená, najskôr znásilnená, potom sa predáva dobrovoľne. Bez vzdelania, vzorov v rodine a s matkou, ktorá ju najskôr ponúka na akty maliarom. Okej, nič nezvyčajné pre Taliansko, keby tá Adriana, podobne ako knieža Myškin, nebola naivná, dobrosrdečná a dôverčivá až sa jej to párkrát otrieska o hlavu.Okrem Idiota mi kniha náramne pripomínala Múzeum nevinnosti od Pamuka. Viac vnútorných monológov než deja o nešťastnici, ktorú by za iných okolností a podmienok miloval ten správny muž."Toto je to najhoršie prekliatie lásky: že láska nikdy nie jej opätovaná, že nie sme milovaní, keď milujeme, a že nemilujeme, keď sme milovaní. Nikdy sa nestane, že by si dvaja milenci boli rovní citom a túžbou; hoci, to je ideál, ku ktorému všetci ľudia smerujú, každý na svoju päsť."A potom je tu ešte fašizmus (rozoznateľný vďaka dvom-trom indíciám, inak nechyrovať), socializmus, či skorumpovaná polícia."V ďalšom svojom živote som si potom všimla, že ľudia neradi hovoria o peniazoch nielen s cudzími, ale aj s vlastnými, aj keď ide o zárobky celkom poctivé. S peniazmi je pravdepodobne spojený akýsi pocit hanby, a ten ju škrtá z počtu obyčajných hovorových tém a zaraďuje ju medzi veci, o ktorých je lepšie nehovoriť, medzi veci tajné a nezdieľané; akoby boli peniaze vždy zarobené zle, nech je už ich pôvod akýkoľvek. Ale možno je tiež pravda, že žiadny človek neukazuje rád cit, ktorý v jeho srdci vzbudzujú peniaze, cit veľmi silný, ktorý je takmer vždy spojený s tieňom viny."Román je nakoniec zmesou dobrodružstiev, ktoré spolu drží len postava Rimanky.

  • Alonzo Church
    2018-11-05 20:58

    When I bought a collection of 40 or so random 50s paeprbacks, I was not expecting to get a masterpiece of Italian literature as part of the set. Nor, I suspect, was anybody buying this particular paperback, illustrated as it is with a generic hooker looking degraded, and a breathless cover question: "Was she good, or was she bad?" But, according to all the critics I looked up when this book seemed to be four or five levels of class above what I was expecting, a masterwork is what it is. Well, who am I to argue?Briefly, this is the story of a beautiful girl who makes a pragmatic decision to become a prostitute, makes ok money at it, and generally likes the work. Somehow, you'd think a book like that would be either pretty pornographic, or just depressing. It's neither. The heroine endures a lot of trouble (and a lot of men who are just bletch), but her cheerful spirit never seems all that oppressed, even though she does feel deeply, and she takes at least one significant action out of spite. The one flaw this woman has is she falls in love with a sensitive sort who, like many of his compatriots in American fiction, needs to be given a wedgie and smacked upside the head. It may be worth enduring this character for pages because she gives this guy some of the best advice on how to live his life that I have seen in literature of this type. I read this as a good story, well told, with depths of charactarization and a well-realized setting. The book does not have to be read for any deeper meanings, and I didn't, though those meanings apparently are there. Good for those who like their great literature to be Dickensian, rather than Joycian.

  • Abdel Aziz Amer
    2018-10-24 22:00

    آدريانا فتاة صغيرة حسنة الوجه والقوام - بدون الخوض في تفاصيل حسن القوام الذي تفننت كثيراً أمها في وصفه - من أسرة فقيرة تتكون منها هي وأمها .. أرادت أن تعيش حياة بسيطة للغايا .. لكن أمها أرادت لها أن تعيش حياة غنية مترفة وألا تمر بما مرت هي به بغض النظر عن الوسيلة .. فتتحول حياتها البسيطة المنشودة إلى حياة معقدة مليئة بالأحداث.ربما لم تجذبني القصة لأني أعلم أن هناك من أجاد توظيف هذه الفكرة بشكل أفضل .. وربما لم توجد قصة حقيقية وإن وجدت فيمكن تلخيصها في أقل من 100 صفحة .. ولكنها كانت رحلة ممتعة بصحبة إمرأة من روما.

  • Luisa
    2018-10-24 17:58

    Che peccato... La gioia appena ho ricevuto questo bel mattone è andata progressivamente scemando con la lettura. È come se il libro fosse stato scritto da due autori diversi, infatti da metà in poi cambia quasi tutto: stile, trama, atmosfera. Non ho provato il solito coinvolgimento trascinante tipico delle sue letture. Moravia ha ammesso di aver scritto queste 500 pagine in 3 mesi e un po' si nota, perché è come se mancassero delle buone idee di fondo... Forse sto bestemmiando, ma a me ha convito proprio poco.

  • Tess Fragoulis
    2018-11-13 20:47

    Well-written and somewhat fascinating in that the female narrator/protagonist is finely and thoroughly wrought, but at the same time occasionally absolutely unbelievable in terms of the emotional and psychological reactions the author pins onto her. A long-suffering and somewhat depressing novel, with an ending that is somewhat convenient and cliche. And yet I wanted to know what happened and stuck to it for its almost 400 pages. So my feelings are mixed, and it would really be a 3.5.

  • Carla
    2018-10-26 19:48

    Disfruto mucho leer a Alberto Moravia. La Romana es una historia que describe la miseria en Roma. Es la historia de Adriana, una mujer muy pobre, que encuentra en la prostitución el camino para sobrevivir. Es una historia dura y muy bien hecha. A pesar del tema difícil no podía dejar de leerla. Me quedé con la tristeza pegada al cuerpo.

  • Aveugle Vogel
    2018-10-20 21:50

    "an arbor, four windows"