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En route to ParisMarcello makes a scheduled stop at a brothel in a small, unnamed town conformists Francewhere he is to meet Agent Orlando for further instructions. I read somewhere – I have no idea where – that The Conformist is Moravia’s most important work, I don’t know if that’s true, but it does have me wondering. Tense and gripping and with an eerie stillness which really adds to the effect. Oct 20, Jan Kjellin rated it it was ok Shelves: Clerici’s pursuit of normalcy conformitsa a meaningless avenue to escape his perceived abnormality.

Trivia About The Conformist. And who would have thought that a book full of pederasty, murder, lesbianism, political intrigue, and espionage could be such a slog to get through? Violence, weaponry, sexual shame, are all bubbling quietly but forcefully below his placid and rather ordinary exterior. All I know is that I need another dose of Moravia before the withdrawal symptoms suck the life out of me. In the final analysis Marcello finds that “the normality that he had sought after with such tenacity for so many years By the time we meet him 17 years later, he is “perfectly sure of himself, entirely masculine in his tastes and in his general attitude, calm, methodical to a fault, almost completely lacking in imagination, cool and self-controlled, reserved, always equable in temper, lacking in vivacity if not actually gloomy, silent, a sort of benumbed, grey normality”.

Our titular protagonist is a quiet, solemn young man who consciously chose to spent his life in a boxfiguratively speaking, that is. At a dinner, Quadri asks Marcello to post a letter for him on his way back to Italy, as Quadri’s activities are monitored and the letter might be intercepted otherwise. I did enjoy the book, most of it anyway, and I actually liked the ending. The Conformist appears to be Pure Evil. But then he is assigned to alerto his former professor, now exiled in France, to demonstrate his loyalty to the Fascist state, and falls in love with a strange, compelling woman; his life is torn open – and with it the corrupt heart of Fascism.


There are lots of other things about Marcello’s childhood that albetro not normal, at least I hope they’re not. Part I opens with Marcello, now a state employee of the Italian Fascist government, looking through old newspaper clippings for information on the incident with Lino.

Marcello also witnesses a fight between his parents that is later revealed to mark the beginning alberro his father’s decline into mental illness. It is his need to be–or at least to appear–“normal” that drives Marcello to conform to society’s mores and persuades him to embrace fascism.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Lino the hero tells him that he will give him a real pistol if he will go home with him and Marcello agrees. But on to the book, important or not.

This is truly an outstanding novel despite my reservations about the author’s very self-satisfied stance. Refresh and try again. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. However, the work is brilliantly composed, written with finesse and often displays irony.

In a way, his guilt derives from a first cause or an original sin. Moravia portrays Italian Fascism in the Mussolini era with more clarity than many historical studies as he depicts the confusion over the quest for normalcy and the delusions of conformity.

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His father ultimately chases his mother around the house and attacks her in the bedroom, leaving Marcello torn between whether to rescue his mother or aid his father. Aug 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing.

Marcello is also due to be married shortly to a woman named Giulia, and offers to take his honeymoon in Paris so that his presence there would not be suspicious to Quadri. Preview — The Confor,ista by Alberto Moravia. The only thing that could have made it more complete is if Quadri and Giulia would have fallen in love with each other, but I’ll have to settle for them actually loving the people they married.

I assume this initiated his overwhelming desire to conform to what alherto perceived as ‘normal’. Lists with This Book. An enigmatic and sudden ending leaves many questions.


Il conformista by Alberto Moravia (3 star ratings)

He feels repugnance for any form of corruption or decadence, and he is compelled to banish abnormality, subversion and disorder: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Marcello and his mother make their monthly visit to his father, who neither recognizes them nor even acknowledges their presence.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I am sure this translation doesn’t do the book justice. Most of the chapters ended with a door closing or someone leaving one space for another. Probably the only brainy European novel ever where the book is much better than the movie. When the natural course of his life presents him with ethical dilemmas – the assignment to betray Professor Quadri, his attraction to women other than his wife – he is ill-prepared to deal with them.

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Moravia born Alberto Pincherle is in my opinion one of the great novelists of the 20th century and The Conformist is representative of his best work. It is a frigid, solidly closed box, inch-by-inch built by certain rules and values he tried so hard to gain control of every single aspect of this box and wanted nothing to jeopardize or change the shape, even if his insides is not really quite cubicle. He was a promising student, the best in his generation as the professor Luca Quadri says, but he became The Conformist, a Nazi.

No doubt Moravia intended Marcello as the conformist, but ironically it is his wife Giulia who nearly always conforms to what is considered normal behavior and who harbors uncritically knee jerk beliefs and opinions formed by church and state.

What’s not to like about a classic novel set in Rome and Paris with elements of politcal murder and foreign intrique, questions of beauty and love, and buoyant doses of Oedipal anxiety?