New York: New York Review Books, 1999. Eighth Printing. Trade Paperback. NEW. 12.5 x 20.5 cm. 251 pp. Item #12240
Introduction by Tim Parks, translated from the Italian by Angus Davidson
Contempt is a brilliant and unsettling work by one of the revolutionary masters of modern European literature. All the qualities for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous—his cool clarity of expression, his exacting attention to psychological complexity and social pretension, his still-striking openness about sex—are evident in this story of a failing marriage. Contempt (which was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard’s no-less-celebrated film) is an unflinching examination of desperation and self-deception in the emotional vacuum of modern consumer society.