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Un ragazzino di tredici anni che è ancora bambino, ma che comincia ad avvertire la pulsione di scoprire la vita; una madre, vedova, che è ancora fiorente e desiderosa di vivere. L'inquietudine, la difficoltà dei rapporti, la scoperta del sesso... I turbamenti sessuali ed esistenziali di un adolescente che scopre la vita in un grande romanzo che ha segnato un'epoca.
Paperback, I grandi tascabili, 160 pages
Published January 28th 2000 by Bompiani (first published 1944)
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This is not your typical coming of age story. Agostino is a 13 year old boy, on vacatioon at a Tuscan beach with his widowed mother. The writer describes her as a big woman, in her prime, and Agostino is fixated on her, not just as a mother, but also as a woman. Things get complicated when his mother meets a young local man, and they spend their days in what is presumed, a romantic fling. Agostino feels left out, jealous, and in his gloom he meets a group of local boys on the be
Dec 18, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, nyrb
Moravia’s ”Agostino” is about the naivety of a child that becomes an awkward adolescent in mind and spirit and implores the boundary of adolescence and manhood. 

”The dark realization came to him that a difficult and miserable age had begun for him, and he couldn’t imagine when it would end.”

Agostino is a feeble-bodied, yet healthy teenager of thirteen years from an upper middle-class to wealthy family and what I would deem a ‘mama’s boy’.  With the encounter of a young boatman flirting with his
Oct 27, 2015 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Coming of age is an awkward time for Agostino, especially given his preoccupation with his mother. Moravia tells the story quite well but it seemed nevertheless slight to me. I don't regret the hour it took me to read this. Perhaps it suffered for my reading it just after Edisto, wherein the same inchoate understandings reveal themselves in a 13 year-old mind.
If you like Freud (are there any Freudians left in the house?), Alberto Moravia's novella (weighing in at a mere 99 pages) is just the ticket. It's the story of a 13-year-old boy spending summer by the sea with his young and beautiful widowed mother. The boy is as green as they come and hopelessly in love with his mother.

At first young Agostino is honored to row his Mamma beyond nosy eyes on the beach to where she can skinny-dip (while he doesn't look because she tells him not to) in the sea. Th
J.M. Hushour
Oct 14, 2016 J.M. Hushour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sparse and curious little novel about one of those things American culture doesn't like to talk about, namely, sexual awakening. Sex is something that we like to read about if it involves super-wealthy werewolf vampire lesbians, or lycanthropic New Age gay knights, or teenage magic-wielders touching each other in their naughty bits...but only by suggestion, or vindictive and unrealistic pornographic scenarios involving with about as much life as a Sani-hand (a kind of glove used to ward off ma ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Calzean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the usual coming of age story. Agostino is a 13 year boy sharing a summer holiday with his widowed and wealthy mother. He has great love for his mother. This turns into anger, jealousy, intrigue and a juvenile fetish after his mother meets a man and forms a relationship. Does he find his mother attractive, "she is only a woman" he says to himself a number of times or repulsive?
Agostino's nativity is partially resolved when he starts to hang around a local group of boys who introduce him to a
Jan 26, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, favorites
This is a comparative review of two short novels by Alberto Moravia:

Agostino -- Conjugal Love

Conjugal Love, 1949, is a wonderful companion piece to Agostino, 1944. I don’t think they’ve ever been published this way, but thematically they compliment each other magnificently. Moravia’s own brand of existentialism likens the futility of bourgeois life with the search for meaning through sexual love. In Conjugal Love, a married man tries to salvage a failing artistry (writing) at the same time he is
Agostino is a 13 year old boy on holiday with his young and very attractive widowed mother in a seaside resort. I wouldn't describe this so much "coming of age" story I viewed it more as a sense of Agostino's growing awareness, realisation of himself and the world around him.

It's quite a bittersweet and poignant journey for Agostino who goes from having the sole attention of his mother to having competition from his mother's lover. It painful to watch as Agostino comes to view his mother in anot
أعتقد أن هذه الرواية ، لا تعكس كما وصفها المترجم "مأساة المراهقة"، و انما تعكس مأساة "الانسان"، ليس كل انسان، انما الانسان الذى يحترق الاف المرات فى الثانية انفعالا لاجل توافه الامور، "من قال؟"، "من سيعتقد أأننى؟"، "من لا يحبنى؟"، "كيف يرانى هذا الشخص؟"، "لماذا ابتعد عنى هذا الرفيق؟"، كلها أمور تهز بطل الرواية، تهزه هزا عنيفا، وهى امور لا تستحق ان تضيع قدرتنا البشرية الجبارة لأجلها!!!!!!!1
أغسوتينو / الخطيئة الأولي / غسوتينو .. مأساة المراهقة .
البرتو مورافيا
رواية قصيرة
رواية قصيرة تعتمد بشكل كبير علي التحليل النفسي للمراهق ذو الثلاث عشر عامًا " أغسوتينو " الذي يمر بنقطة العبور من مرحلة الطفولة للمراهقة ، بداية معرفة الأشياء و الإحساس بها بشكل مختلف .
أما الجزء الآخر فهو تصرفات و أفعال الشخصيات من حوله ، بداية من أمه السمراء هيفاء القوم و حسناء الطالع إلي العصبة من أطفال الطبقة الكادحة المطحونة التي تعرف بها و حتى الشاب الذي كان يأخذ أمه علي القارب في نزهة للسباحة .
تبدأ ذبذبات أغسو
Jul 09, 2014 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever a new NYRB Classic comes out, I pay attention. I basically regard the imprint (and the Children's imprint) as lists of books I should be reading. I rarely come across an NYRB classic that doesn't have something to offer me.

What drew me to AGOSTINO? Perhaps it was the promise of a Tuscan seaside (even in Fascist-era Italy). The eponymous Agostino travels there with his mother. When they arrive, he loves her in an uncomplicated fashion. But when she takes a lover (although Agostino is too
Jul 06, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexual awakening...

Agostino and his widowed mother are staying at a Mediterranean beach resort for the summer. As we meet them, thirteen-year-old Agostino is still a child, devoted to his mother infatuated by her and proud to bask in the admiration she attracts as they spend their days on the beach or swimming from the rowboat they take out each day. But when his mother becomes involved with a young man, Agostino’s feelings turn to a jealousy which he barely understands.

This is a haunting and r
Roger Brunyate
Apr 27, 2016 Roger Brunyate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What pleasure to open a book about which I knew absolutely nothing! I have been reading so many new books lately, each set up by talk in the press, the opinions of my friends, the necessity to review, that everything becomes a kind of test, no longer personal, not longer individual. So imagine this, a delicious mystery, a book waiting to be opened, no one to satisfy but myself. It is slim, so no huge investment in time. Published by New York Review Books, who have seldom let me down. A
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

This brief story is a bold and daring peak into one boy’s transition from boyhood to adulthood. The author tackles some taboo and Freudian issues through a brief period of time in Agostino’s life. Agostino is a 13 year old boy who is vacationing at a beach with his mother, whom he still views with innocence at the beginning of the story. His mother starts to take boat rides with a man and Agostino becomes very jealous.
Review: italiano / français

Letto in italiano per il mio corso di letteratura italiana (Ottocento en Novecento): une lettura interessante, ma un pò troppo "freudica" per me. L'idea della scoperta della sessualità di maniera brutale mi sembra buona, ma non mi piace che questa sessualità sia tornata verso la mamma. La storia non mi piace tanto dunque, ma la scrittura sì! Lo stilo di Moravia è piacevole a leggere e molto bello.

Lu en italien pour mon cours de littérature italienne (19e et 20e siècle
Jun 23, 2014 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Agostino" is "Rebel Without a Cause," except that it's Italian, and the main character is 13 years old. Oh, and it is not a dad problem, but a mom fixation, when he sees her in a new 'sexual' light. And no, he doesn't desire her, but he notices her beauty and sensuality through others. It's a beautiful snapshot of a boy coming of age, but twisted with respect to his feelings for his mom, and the approval of the local toughs. Slowly a world opens up him, which leaves him troubled, confused, and ...more
كريم البطراوى
تلك المرحلة التى تتحول فيها الطفولة إلى المراهقة هى مرحلة الجموح و التمرد، مرحلة حرجة تترك علامات غائرة فى الأنفس قد لا تنمحى آثارها مدى الحياة.
رغد قاسم
عقدة اوديب
هذه هي الرواية بكل بساطة
فيها بعض الجمال و التحليل النفسي لكنها ليست بالعمل العظيم.
abdou aly
Jul 31, 2016 abdou aly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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يبدو من التعليقات اني اشتريت نسخة مزيفة ملهاش علاقة بالرواية
Sarah Elshahawy
يكتب لنا ألبيرتو مورافيا قصة مأساة المراهقة وما يحدث للاطفال من تغير في الفكر والجسد في هذه الفترة و المعاناه التي يمرون بها , فقدمها لنا في شخصية غسطينو الطفل الذي اتم التانيه عشره وهو يتيم الاب شديد التعلق بأمه , يتعرف علي اطفال فاسدين من سنه فيعطوه من المعرفه مالا يفيده في شئ فتتحول نظرته الي امه من الصورة التي كانت في ذهنه الي نظرة اخري , كأنها مجرد امراه لديها جسم جميل ومفاتن كالاخريات وينتهي غسطينو بوصوله لبيت دعارة ولكنهم لايسمحون بدخوله لصغر سنه .
ابدع ألبيرتو في هذه الروايه بتوضيح ما أد
Jul 30, 2016 JacquiWine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JacquiWine by: Guy
First published in the mid-1940s, Alberto Moravia’s novella, Agostino, is a striking portrayal of the passing of a young boy’s innocence over the course of a seemingly idyllic summer.

Thirteen-year-old Agostino and his widowed mother are spending the season at a seaside resort in Italy. As the story opens, we can see how Agostino looks up to his mother, a strong, attractive and serene woman who remains in the prime of her life. He enjoys spending time by his mother’s side catering to her every ne
Nicholas During
Apr 10, 2014 Nicholas During rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bildungsroman for the modern world, or at least a post-Freudian world. Agostino is a 13-year-old boy visiting the Italian beach for the summer with his mother, a still beautiful, upper-class widow. Everything is going well until Agostino's mum becomes very interested in a young man meet at the beach, who has replaced Agostino in the daily rowing excursions out to sea. What is a young boy to do? Make some friends might be your answer, and that is exactly what Agostino does. The problem ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Artemisia rated it liked it
Confluiscono in questo commento (?) frammenti sparsi di ricordi delle letture (interrotte, saltuarie, a volte anche annoiate) di La villa del venerdì e Gli indifferenti: c’è in Moravia la grazia inarrivabile di chi sa cristallizzare i gesti più semplici e dargli la plasticità di un’opera d’arte. Quando la madre di Agostino si siede alla tastiera del pianoforte, dritta su uno sgabello senza spalliera, intenta a suonare qualcosa che è “vivace, tumultuoso, scintillante” esattamente come il suo amor ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella was one of my seminal reading experiences about 20 years ago in an obscure 50's or 60's college textbook of my mother's called 10 Modern Short Novels. The writing is beautiful, the loss of innocence so profound, and the setting so evocative to be dream-like.

For decades, this book was basically unavailable in English, so I am so glad to have stumbled upon it here and thanks to NYRB for reprinting (and apparently retranslating) it.


Having just reread this
Feb 14, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
מורביה אלברטו, "אגוסטינו"
הוצאת כרמל, 2001, תרגום דליה עמית, 127 עמ`

פוטוריזם, היתה תנועה ששלטה באומנות האיטלקית בתחילת המאה ה- 20. הפוטוריזם, שמקורו בשירה, התפשט לתחומי אומנות שונים ומגוונים, ביקש לשבור את המסגרות המסורתיות ולהתנער מערכי המוסר הישן.

המושג פוטוריזם בא להדגיש את התנועתיות והדינמיות של היצירה האומנותית תוך נטישת הסטאטיות של אומנות העבר המקבעת את החשיבה של היוצר.

התנועה רוממה את האלימות והעימות תוך התנערות ומחיקה של עקרונות העבר והיא גוועה לאחר מלחמת העולם השניה.

אין ספק שהרס המוסר הישן
Italo Italophiles
This English translation by Michael F. Moore is of the 1945 classic, coming-of-age novella, Agostino, by the late Italian novelist Alberto Moravia.

From the first lines of the book, we know that thirteen-year-old Agostino views his mother more like a girl-friend than a mother. The author calls the son's affection for his mother what it is: an infatuation.

The story of his coming-of-age is told in clear, strong prose. The details shared with the reader draw a picture of what is happening on the bea
رامي رأفت
May 04, 2016 رامي رأفت rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في (أجوستينو) يقص علينا ألبرتو مورافيا مراحل تطور المراهقة وظهور النزعة الرجولية لدى الصبية. كان اهتمامه منصباً على شرح نشوء النزعة من خلال الجنس فحسب، فالصبي يتيم الأب المرتبط كثيراً بأمه يتعرف على صعاليك من سنه ذوي منزلة ثقافية واجتماعية أدنى من منزلته ما يجعله يمر بمراحل من الصدمات المعرفية الفجائية تحول نظرته لأمه شيئاً فشيئاً من الصورة التي كانت عليها في ذهنه محاطة بهالة قدسية خاصة إلى نظرة أخرى فيها اشتهاء! حين يراها مجرد امرأة كأي امرأة لديها مفاتن كالأخريات. أبدع مورافيا في وصف مشهدين نف ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Luisa rated it really liked it
" Agostino " potrebbe essere descritto sommariamente come la storia di un ragazzo con il complesso di Edipo, il quale abbandona l'infanzia per avvicinarsi al mondo adolescenziale in maniera brusca e precipitosa. Se il libro si fosse limitato solo a descrivere l'idealizzazione della sensuale madre, la scoperta dei rapporti intimi a pagamento, ecc... sarebbe risultato un racconto banale. La bravura di Moravia consiste nel rendere evidenti e palesi avvenimenti e pensieri che Agostino, a causa della ...more
Alexandra Bradan
Mar 28, 2015 Alexandra Bradan rated it really liked it
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Il libro, nella sua brevità, parla della disillusione di un ragazzo, Agostino, che durante una vacanza al mare riceve uno schiaffo dalla madre e da qui, vedendosi incrinare l'affetto filiale nei suoi confronti, inizia una rapida e brutale transizione, che gli farà perdere l'antica innocenza e lo proietterà, senza parsimonia, nell'età adulta.
A rivelargli come funziona il mondo, ci penserà un gruppo di ragazzi più grandi (Berto, il prepotente, Sandro, il biondo, Tortima, il robusto, Homs il negro,
Jan 14, 2004 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2014
Moravia addresses sexuality through the eyes of a thirteen year old young man burgeoning adolescence facing a summer of angst and turmoil. Realizing his mother is also a woman, he finds his sexual attraction to her torture. Innocent, uninformed this youth crosses paths with a group street urchins and learns a worldly, unsavory side of life along with behavior he never knew existed.

Agostino wrestles with the changes he is feeling, the sensual stirrings and jealousy towards his mother and her you
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NYRB Classics: Agostino, by Alberto Moravia 12 44 Jul 14, 2014 09:59AM  
  • Piccolo mondo antico
  • Gli occhiali d'oro: Il romanzo di Ferrara
  • Il bell'Antonio
  • To Each His Own
  • The Goodbye Kiss
  • As a Man Grows Older
  • The Mad and the Bad
  • L'isola di Arturo
  • The Professor and the Siren
  • The Viceroys
  • That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
  • Il male oscuro
  • La vita agra
  • The Ragazzi
  • Il garofano rosso
  • A Woman
  • The Skin
  • Harvesters
Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle, was one of the leading Italian novelists of the twentieth century whose novels explore matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism.
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