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Законопослушным человеком хочет быть каждый, но если государство, в котором ты живешь, является преступным, то поневоле оборачивается преступлением и твое послушание. Такова цена конформизма, которую вынужден заплатить доктор Марчелло Клеричи, получающий от фашистских властей приказ отправиться во Францию, с тем, чтобы организовать и осуществить ликвидацию итальянского про ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 12th 2003 by Лимбус пресс (first published 1951)
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Ian Heidin[+]Fisch
A Psychological Thriller

Some of my favourite films explore how people have dealt with life under Fascism or Communism:

* Istvan Szabo’s "Mephisto" (Germany);

* Ingmar Bergman’s "The Serpent’s Egg" (Sweden);

* Bernardo Bertolucci’s "The Conformist" (Italy);

* Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s "The Lives of Others" (Germany).

Not only do they help understand the relationship of an individual to an authoritarian regime, but they also explore existentialist issues that became more pressing in the con
The obsession with normalcy was perhaps the greatest bane of the 20th century. As the world became smaller and vastly diverse people began to mix more and more, people became overly concerned with this idea of being "normal" - wearing the same clothes, living in similarly furnished homes, even smoking the same brand of cigarettes all of which bring the protagonist of this particular story a feeling of great relief that he is "normal" - that is until we see the devastation that "normal" brings ab ...more
A macabre bildungsroman of man who realizes in early childhood that life is con; a troubling portrait a lá Camus or Dostoeyvsky. Spare prose but a rich text filled with doublings and odd encounters all filtered through Marcello’s (the narrator and titular character) disturbed viewpoint. An enigmatic and sudden ending leaves many questions. The amount of questions and concerns this book still raises illustrates why Moravia doesn’t consider this merely an Anti-fascism book or label it with any oth ...more

Powerful. Cold but with a glassy poetic feeling for the distances between the main character, the narrator, and the rest of the world. Tense and gripping and with an eerie stillness which really adds to the effect. Very Camus-esque, (Camusian?), very modernist, very severely seen work of art.

I'm not quite sure whether to rank it as better or worse than the movie, because Bertollucci was rather faithful to the plot, but even so they do seem to branch out in distinctly different dimensions. The e
I read this for Kimley's film group, and it's one fantastic can't put down novel. Which is typical Alberto Moravia when you come to think of it.

In a nutshell I think the book is about the psychological make-up of a typical Fascist. Italian style of course! On one level it's a story about a Govt. official who wants to be normal, whatever that means. I think he realizes that 'normal' is quite ab-normal. But of course he's too late in learning that lesson. Nevertheless a remarkable book, which will
Dennis Littrell
Moravia, Alberto The Conformist (1952) *****
One of several brilliant novels by Moravia

The Conformist is a psychologically complex novelistic study of an Italian fascist, although not necessarily a typical fascist, done in an existential style with intense interior monologues and introspection by Alberto Moravia's protagonist, Marcello Clerici.

No doubt Moravia intended Marcello as the conformist, but ironically it is his wife Giulia who nearly always conforms to what is considered normal behavio
I so adore this film I when reading the novel can actually hear the voices of the actors. (or maybe I should stop taking so many psychiatric meds) Terrific story about the neurosis behind the morbid conformist fixation that drives the main character into working within the rising Italian fascist system .
Robert Wechsler
A 4.5. A novel about normalcy, innocence, redemption, justification, eroticism, and alienation from oneself. One is caught up in the world of a protagonist with whom it is hard to sympathize, and yet he is more like oneself than any of us would like to think.

The novel reads like a parable, but it isn’t clear that it is one. It’s a very internal novel full of detailed but often distorted, always personal descriptions of externals. It’s a cross between a nineteenth-century novel and an existential
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? 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. Poor Marcello Clerici, our anti-hero, with a lunatic for a father and a wastrel for a mother not only has evil thoughts, but ...more
Questo è il terzo libro che ho letto di Moravia (dopo La vita è gioco e La ciociara) e quello che mi è piaciuto di più. Gli altri li avevo trovato per caso, ma un mio amico mi aveva detto que Il conformista è il migliori di Moravia, quindi ho deciso di comprarlo. Sebbene Moravia forse non sia un maestro della sottilezza in quanto alle sue idee (il romanzo è, secondo me, pieno di spiegazioni superflue), ha una certa arte di scegliere i detagli precisi e le immagini giuste. A differenza di La cioc ...more
I must admit having seen the movie years ago but recently forgotten much of the details of it, and finding this book, I thought I'd give it a crack whilst I was still hazy.

Of course & obviously, like other books that have been adapted to film, this contains so much more detail about the characters' backgrounds; and studies far deeper the root motivation for Marcello Clerici's internal struggles, specifically.

I found this to be far less political and instead really a study into a man's fear
The author and his translator have created a simple but compelling story in the midst of fascism in Italy. The main character is a flawed member of the government network that is out to destroy its enemies. Parts of the story are farcical and amusing, but overall the story is disturbing because the key themes apply to many aspects of society today. The main character's wife maintains a steadfast and unending loyalty to the fascist regime right to the end. She is constantly enticed by a nice new ...more
This story of an Italian male struggling towards social and sexual conformity during the time of the Fascist leader Mussolini did not resonate with me. He was the child of a mentally sick father and an emotionally immature mother who both neglected him. I assume this initiated his overwhelming desire to conform to what he perceived as 'normal'. Yet he killed a sexual predator in his teens and conspired in the death of a political opponent in later years.
Although the writing was tight, it did not
Lukas Evan
"What he needed was the complete success of that government, that society, that nation; and not only an outer, but also an intimate and crucial success. Only in this way could what was normally considered a common crime become, instead, a positive step in a necessary direction. In other words, thanks to forces that did not depend on him, a complete transmutation of values must take place: injustice must become justice; betrayal, heroism; death, life."
Like many people, I learned of this novel fro
Read this book in the original Italian, while studying the language in college. I really should read it again in English as i don't remember it very well!
Marc J. Miarnau
El llibre, un clàssic italià, narra la història de Marcello, un home obsessionat amb el fet de ser normal y corrent, en una cerca constant d'aquella mediocritat que l'acostaria a la resta de la humanitat. Això el porta a una vida amarga, melancòlica i trista com a feixista durant els anys de Mussolini.

Un relat, el de Moravia, carregat d'angoixa, que enganxa al lector i l'apropa a aquest Marcello, un desgraciat de cap a peus, que passa per la vida com volent fugir de sí mateix i de la seva anorm
Pedro Caldas
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Camille Mccarthy
After having watched the movie for Italian class, I decided to read the book in order to compare the two and write an essay on it for class. It was definitely worth reading the book because there are a few interesting differences between the movie and the book, even though a lot of the details and especially the dialogue are the same.
I am also glad I read the book because in reading the book you gain a lot more insight into Marcello's character and his family history, and you get to know a li
For years I've been a huge fan of Bertolucci's film adaptation of The Conformist, and am now a huge fan of Moravia's book that inspired it.

I'm not sure I can recall ever reading a piece of "literature" that I would also qualify as a page-turner (with no offense meant to either category).

An unmistakable sign that a book is good, in my opinion: I missed my train stop one evening while reading, so engaged was I in this masterful probing of an ordinary but psychologically tormented man hellbent on a
Una novela sutil y compleja que examina los vìnculos entre el sexo y el poder, la aberración de pretenderse, construirse y entenderse como "normal" y el proceso de autodestrucción de la culpa. Marcello Clerici se une al fascismo por indiferencia y aburrimiento, no por auténtica convicción. A través de su carrera nota cómo, en realidad, el resto de los fascistas se unen por oportunismo, aunque sea una oportunidad que, al final, resulta letal. Como los otros héroes de Moravia, es pasivo, incapaz d ...more
Czarny Pies
Because I believe hindsight to be better than foresight, I found this novel published in 1951 about the efforts of a week willed civil servant to conform to the social and political norms fascist Italy in the 1930s to be very smug.

However, the work is brilliantly composed, written with finesse and often displays irony. This is truly an outstanding novel despite my reservations about the author's very self-satisfied stance.

Make a point of watching the movie version by Bernardo Bertolucci and sta
Probably the only brainy European novel ever where the book is much better than the movie. I found the novels equation of fascism with sexual repression kind of facile, and the ending was definitely super cheesy.
An intense and profound story of one man's fruitless quest for normality. Moravia casts a bright light into the darkest corners of not only the human mind and our obsessions but also into how those obsessions mold our political life. Stellar writing and perfectly flawed characters flesh out this gripping read.
Richard Anderson
Different experience from seeing the movie, which I prefer. Moravia is a fifties Buick, Bertolucci a Ferrari.
La vita di Marcello, personaggio che considera l'omologazione un valore e che si trova a prendere parte dalla parte sbagliata ad un'epoca storica travagliata, è in realtà un saggio sulla matematica dell'animo umano (tutto quadra) ed allo stesso tempo un racconto sulla determinazione dell'agire (tutti i personaggi che vi figurano, a loro modo anche i coniugi Quadri, stretti tra i loro alti ideali e il quotidiano e umano vivere, sono stressati). Marcello ha avuto una consapevole non-vita, soggioga ...more
Sākās kā komiksu fašista bērnības traumu psihoanalīze, pāraug reāli krutā politiskā psihotrillerī. Bet galvenais, protams, joprojām ir tarakāni tā paša Konformista galvā.
I read this book because I have been studying Italian films and the film of this novel was listed for viewing. I found the book quite unconvincing in its portrayal of a typical Italian fascist. Moravia insisted too much that the character's actions were dictated by his sexually repressed personality. Utimately the character was a pawn to Moravia's thesis rather than a convincing human character. The film was much better than the novel but it still suffered from the problem the reader/viewer has ...more
While reading it I was taken by it but a few days later I am less enthused. There is something very tight and contolled about Moravia's language, which needless to say is reflected in the character. I remember seeing the film adaptation years ago and would half remember it while reading the book. My copy is a fifty year old hardcover that I bought for 3 dollars. Most of the chapters ended with a door closing or someone leaving one space for another. I wonder if my fondness for the content being ...more
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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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