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Preview — El desprecio by Alberto Moravia. El desprecio by Alberto Moravia. Paperbackpages. Ricarrdo MolteniEmilia Molteni. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about El desprecioplease sign up. Does anyone see this a bit disturbing? Despite of how well is written I just can’t get pass the incestuous dynamic. See 2 questions about El desprecio…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Born out of his own relationship problems with wife Elsa Morante, Moravia’s Contempt is a rich but turbulent story of a marriage in decline, where Rome screenwriter Molteni is told by his beautiful wife Emilia that she not only doesn’t love him anymore, but finds him deplorable to be around.
Told with a profound sense of melancholy, the narrative possesses both an unpleasant behind-closed-doors feel, mixed with tragedy and farce. Very early on we realize that love is dead in the water so to speak Born out of his own relationship problems with wife Elsa Morante, Moravia’s Contempt is a rich but turbulent story of a marriage in decline, where Rome screenwriter Molteni is told by his beautiful wife Emilia that she not only doesn’t love him anymore, but finds him deplorable to be around.
Very early on we realize that love is dead in the water so to speak, or at least from Emilia’s perspective, the sensitive Ricarrdo also known as Molteni on the other hand is left reeling with a sense of what have I done wrong? Along with the troubled couple, the novel only features two other characters, film producer Battista, an arrogant and overbearing individual who has eyes for Emilia, and German Director Rheinhold who wants to make a film version of Homers’s Odyssey.
Emilia becomes more distant, looking at her husband as a mere ghost, while Molteni is struggling with two idea’s for the film, Battista wants a spectacular Odyssey, but Rheinhold’s vision is a philosophical one. Stuck in the middle with his mind only on one thing, Molteni’s agitation fueled by the blistering heat leads him to question his own nature and deepest fears.
The most striking aspect of Contempt is the cool calculated way he looks at love, or lack of it. For all it’s painful predicaments, there is a great substance in his writing, sometimes you want to turn away from the intimate conflict and intensity, but he still compels the reader to keep turning the pages to the bitter end. Reading of a marital crisis was never going to be easy, and with an equally tragic finale it’s not going to particularly make you feel that great, but I loved it.
And having seen numerous times Jean Luc Godard’s adaptation, staring a pouting Brigitte Bardot, apart from a few differences it reads similar to the film.
This is my third Moravia and damn if he hasn’t become one of my favorites now! This is the anti-Homeric tale of the anti-Ulysses. The backdrop is a writer who takes on the dubious task of writing a script adaptation of Ulysses.
Told in the first person by this screenwriter who clearly sees himself as an intellectual referencing not only Homer moravua Dante and Joyce as well – woo hoo! And inevitably and immediately he creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of destruction and gloom for all of those around him. If Thomas Vesprecio hadn’t already written a book called “The Loser” I would suggest that it would make for an excellent alternate title for this particular book.
View all 18 comments. One of the greats among the greats. Slowly the reader can see what’s happening, and you just want to yell out at the page ‘hey stupid, you are going to lose your beautiful wife to that awful man the producer! And here lies a story about a man who is blinded by his indifference to the ek. A very romantic story of sorts that is not romantic.
A litle side note: Jean-Luc Godard made th One of the greats among the greats. One of my all-time favorite films and book. One day on the bus I desprefio this beautiful girl reading not only “Contempt” but even better – a movie tie in mass market version of this novel.
With Bardot on the cover, plus Godard’s name as big as the author’s Alberto Moravia name on the cover! I was biting my lip till it bleed not to deeprecio to this young beauty. Luckily she got off the bus.
A week later I see her with another book: Andrew Loog Oldham’s “Stoned. And like “Contempt” very rare! Now a sesprecio person would think “oh we share the same taste in rare books. She even smiled at me once our eyes met.
And I never saw her again. If you pretty girl are on goodreads, look me up. View all 3 comments. Ek Riccardo, the intelligent and likeable, though slightly narcissistic and delusional narrator, works as a journalist writing film critics to make a living, his dream is to become a serious writer and novelist.
His beautiful wife Emilia, coming from an impoverished family, dreams on the other hand of living in their own house and of alberyo a comfortable nest for them, something much http: His beautiful wife Emilia, coming from an impoverished family, dreams on the other hand of living in their own house and of creating a comfortable nest for them, something much better than albergo rented room in which the financially struggling couple lives. When Riccardo is offered work as a screenwriter by the film producer Despredio, he decides to accept this work despite serious reservations.
But on his way upward in the social hierarchy, something happens to the relationship between Emilia and Riccardo: Emilia becomes reserved and grows cold toward her husband, love turns into indifference and even into hatred and contempt. Contempt is also the title of the novel by Alberto Moravia that I am reviewing here. Moravia has been praised for his elegant prose, and I can see why, even when I read the book in German translation. The prose is flowing effortlessly, the dialogues of the tormented Riccardo who wants to find out the reason for the growing estrangement between him and his wife, and Emilia sound very real and convincing.
One of the issues that play a major role in the novel, is the relationship between success and money, and the real needs and wishes of people; the characters are forced to do things that are in contrast with what they really want in order to make a living, or to satisfy the vain dreams of their partners, or to be perceived as successful and dynamic in a capitalist society.
While Battista wants to produce a monumental adventure movie, Rheingold on the other hand is only interested in the psychological conflict that deeprecio sees as the reason for Odysseus Ulysses participation in the War of Troy, and d delayed return to Penelope. According to his Freudian dedprecio, Odysseus participates in the war because he wants to escape an unhappy desprecioo For the same reason, it takes him many years to come home.
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While Moravia is showing us a rather bleak picture of the modern Western world, where money, success, and sex serve as substitutes for a more meaningful existence, his reference to Homer seems to say that it has in principle been always like this.
In the meantime, it is best to acknowledge the mechanisms of the inherent contradictions of capitalist society. If Riccardo would have had more time to resolve the basic conflict and predicament of his life with Emilia, it desprecko have been best to divorce and focus his future life on what he really aspires to be, a novelist and serious author.
A sudden blow of fate spares him from dewprecio taking this decision on his own. Moravia knew the film business well; he worked also as a script writer and met probably people very similar as those described in his novel. Contempt describes an at that time thriving film industry in Italy as he experienced it, and the picture he is painting is not a particularly flattering one.
Moravia had also a house on Capri similar as the one owned by Battista in the novel, where the final crisis takes place the Godard movie was shot partly at the Casa Malaparte, another rather famous villa on Capri.
And it is also known that at the time he published Contempt, his own marriage with novelist Elsa Morante was in a crisis that ended in divorce a few years later. So, while the novel is not a strictly autobiographic one, Moravia knew about what he was writing and was able to transform this into a rather short, fascinating novel. The setting, particularly the scenes at the Casa Malaparte, is next to perfect for this movie.
However, I had the impression that Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance were not really the right choices for two of the major roles while Michel Piccoli is brilliant ; therefore, it is for me a good movie, but not the masterpiece it could have been with a more adequate cast of characters.
Contempt was also published in English as A Ghost at Noon. This book was agonizingly good. Read it if you want to witness and perhaps relive the rather rapid disintegration of a long-term relationship, step by torturous step. Each niggling doubt, each pang of hurt and betrayal, each willful choice to ignore one’s intuition and instead select a creative interpretation of the incontrovertible facts.
How does love turn into contempt? After the fact, it is usually too difficult as well as painful and potentially self-incriminating to let ourselves remem This book was agonizingly good.
After the fact, it is usually too difficult as well as painful and potentially self-incriminating to let ourselves remember. As it is easier to simply weep, we are thus left with a blur of memories that we’d just as soon forget. This book reminds us of the process. Although it was often very painful and sad to read, there was something immensely helpful on a personal level in being able to follow so astutely the descent of a relationship.
The psychology is excruciatingly spot-on. The sentences were complex and convoluted, and the word choices were always meticulous. I am very impressed by Moravia, and I look forward to reading much more of him. This brilliant book, amongst other things, is a good example of how intellectualism can mess up your life. The perpetual questioning of things that seem alright, questioning of the slightest inflection and intonation, questioning of an inconsequential moody denial.
Why did she not want to come out with me, why is she suddenly comfortable with spending time by her self, why does she sleep on the sofa, why didn’t she make up after our last fight, are her confidences genuine? Is her This brilliant book, amongst other things, is a good example of how intellectualism can mess up your life. Is her love dying? An insistent urge to analyze every tiny bit, every deviation from consistency or every possible deviation from consistency.
An insatiable desire to discuss these doubts with her and clear every question.