Alberto Moravia (1907-1990) published his first novel, The Time of indifference, at the age of twenty-three. Banned from publishing under Mussolini, he emerged after World War II as one of the most admired and influential twentieth-century Italian writers. His novels include Two Adolescents, Two Women and The Women of Rome. William Weaver, who teaches at Bard College, is a transiator and critic. His most recent book is a new translation of Italo Svevo's Zeno's Conscience (March 2002).
"In its moral and artistic economy, [Boredom] is perhaps the most successful of all Moravia's work. . . .No one has depicted a series of carnal acts, frenzied yet cold in their automatism--nudity, desire and its outlet--with such complete lack of complacence, such impassive truthfulness."--Nicola Chiaromonte, Partisan Review
"Precise, calculating, decadent and quite brilliant." --Kirkus Reviews "Boredom is Moravia's most succinct exploration of the quiet desperation at the heart of the automated human...one of Moravia's funniest explorations on the origins of middle-class funk." --Bill Marx, Boston Review