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Conjugal Love

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  312 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
To begin with I’d like to talk about my wife. To love means, in addition to many other things, to delight in gazing upon and observing the beloved.
--From Conjugal Love

When Silvio, a rich Italian dilettante, and his beautiful wife agree to move to the country and forgo sex so that he will have the energy to write a successful novel, something is bound to go wrong: Silvio
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Other Press (first published 1943)
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Dhanaraj Rajan
Jul 14, 2014 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book?

One can not say much without saying the plot. And that is not a disadvantage. For, the blurb of the book already reveals the plot. The difference or the specialty of the book lies in in its narration filled with deep penetrating insights into sexuality, conjugal love, social/moral conventions vs instinct, writing, and the act of writing a novel and a critical review of any novel.

The Plot:

It is about a married couple (Silvio and Leda) and about the love between the spo
Tami (synchro from BL)
Not in the slightest pornographic, like one might expect from Moravia.

The sensuality is more subdued and not in the main focus of this story.

It is a quite clever story about a wanna-be writer who is a privileged and arrogant a**hole, self-centered and pretentious. Into it comes a little unwilling pity as he also talks about his unhappiness and suicide - but the reader can never be sure if this isn't another ploy of his to center attention on him.

Through his own account we learn about his life, h
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Sep 06, 2015 Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Finally... a masterpiece! How have I missed this author? This is one gorgeous novella that I'm itching to reread.

S’il me fallait un seul mot pour décrire ce petit livre, ce serait – sage. Sage comme un après-midi tranquille et paresseux dans une chambre familière, où une chanson bien connue s’entend en sourdine. Sage comme une rencontre habituelle d’amis où le silence est aussi confortable que les discussions. Non extraordinaire, non bouleversant mais non plus médiocre. Juste – sage.

Narrée par le protagoniste Silvio Baldeschi, un jeune homme riche récemment marié, l’histoire semble promettre un coup d’œil
Mark Broadhead
Apr 05, 2015 Mark Broadhead rated it really liked it
The usual Moravia intelligence, and insight into the foibles of human relationships. Perhaps only the length lessens the power of this story compared to his longer works. It is a simpler story than the likes of The Conformist as well, of course. Simpler and less believable in some aspects of the plot.
Jun 04, 2008 Nessa rated it it was amazing
This book is a real gem in the Moravia line up. I am writing a book too, and Moravia really gets at the subtle details that can drive you nuts while writing. The self-criticism, the disbelief of flattery and the whole sex issue...well, you have to read it to really get it!
Sep 22, 2014 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Leggere Moravia è scoprire sempre un po' di sé, conoscersi inaspettatamente meglio, trovare le giuste parole alle proprie sensazioni che spesso sono intraducibili. La sua scrittura è lucida. Sempre. Ed è proprio questa sua caratteristica che rende i suoi libri ogni volta un vero godimento per gli occhi, un balsamo che aiuta a districare i pensieri più aggrovigliati.
La trama è semplice, ma lo sviluppo interiore dei personaggi non lo è affatto. Il protagonista fallisce in tutto. Cerca di esser
May 29, 2011 Suzy rated it liked it
This is a very short read, easily done in a day. Following on the heels of a book I really liked, it didn't grab me much, and I probably would have put it down except that it is so short I decided I might as well finish it. It got better, so I am glad I did. The story is translated from the Italian, was written in 1950 and takes place in Tuscany in 1935. The main character, Silvio, could have been invented by Dostoevsky. He is a rich dilettante who is self-absorbed, neurotic and overly analytica ...more
ahmed sami elwakeel
كثيرا ما يكون السخط بدايه اعجاب وهذ ما ابدته الزوجه تجاه الحلاق
كانت تنبهه زوجها ان يحميها من نفسها ولكنه لم يفهم
ولكن الزوج ادرك ذلك بعد فوات الاوان
بس طالما الموضوع
in puplic and with no feeling so what !!
Apr 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Silvio is having writer's block and in order to cure his creative impotence, he sacrifices sex. The very book he is writing is-- Conjugal Love. This self-reflexivity gave this book an extra jolt of pleasure for me and in this way, reminded me of Fellini's 8 1/2. As usual, Moravia creates a psychologically insightful, shocking story about disillusionment with his wonderful analogies: writing a story and having sex are similar acts and in this novel, the energy he exerts while having sex leaves hi ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Iva rated it liked it
I can't imagine more unpleasant characters! Our protagonist is a potential writer, but too obsessed with his wife to accomplish much. He concentrates on her appearance, her clothes, her expression. And then he says she is not very intelligent. Great wealth offers him the opportunity to have a barber come daily to his vacation home in Tuscany to shave him, but he isn't going anywhere. The novel takes place in 1937, but there is no mention of changes in Italy that reflect the upcoming war. Moravia ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing
„Nici un alt scriitor nu poate sa redea batalia dintre sexe in termeni mai atroce. Sexul e boala, dragostea – o napasta. Un scriitor mai putin inzestrat nu s-ar fi achitat de aceasta dificila sarcina, insa Moravia este un povestitor de prima mina.” (Time)

Volumul Iubitul nefericit (1943) reuneste sapte povestiri, scrise cu eleganta si fluiditate. Fie ca este vorba despre un pusti a carui imaginatie infierbintata il face sa intre in conflict cu o pisica, fie ca itele povestii dau la iveala motive
Raul Clement
Jun 28, 2014 Raul Clement rated it really liked it
Moravia has been one of my favorite writers since I first read him at 22. He's incredibly lucid, psychologically accurate, and existentially profound. But unlike many European writers of ideas, he is also very good at the stuff we value (overvalue?) in American fiction: scene, description, dialogue. While he may not have the cultural clout of Sartre -- the writer he is most comparable to -- in ways I think he is better if you're first and foremost a fan of fiction.

This isn't one of his best nov
Geoffrey Fox
Aug 11, 2015 Geoffrey Fox rated it liked it
In his villa in Tuscany in October 1937, Silvio — a rich dilettante who dreams of becoming a famous writer — decides that his most important story, perhaps his only story, is his intense, unlimited love for his wife Leda. He admires her affectionate nature, her obedience to his whims, and what he insists is her great beauty — although he notes that her nose is too long and she has other imperfections, besides not being, in his view, especially bright. But her lack of wit and culture — which he t ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
رواية صغيرة , بسرد مورافيا السلس و الخبيث , و الاطمئنان الأخير الذي لا يوفره سوى التصديق للكذب المعتاد على النفس ... لتجاوز الارتباك أو الخيانة اللامعتادة , لكنّها خفيفة , ليست كالسأم مثلاً ..
Raya  Ka'abneh
Dec 27, 2015 Raya Ka'abneh rated it liked it

حسناً لقد انتهيت منها ظننتها رواية واحدة لكنها تحتوي على رواية بعنوان الحب الزوجي
شعرت بالملل بدايتها ولم تشدني أبداً
هو يحب زوجته الجميلة، هو كاتب فاشل، هو يريد أن يصبح كاتباً مشهوراً، زوجته تخونه مع حلاقه، هو يحب زوجته برغم عيوبها!
"طب وأنا مالي"

القصة الثانية كانت بعنوان
الحبيب التعس
لم أجد فيها ما يفيد

القصة الثالثة
العاهر العجوز
فيها حكمة جيدة مع أنها مكررة

مقالة رابعة عن الملهاة الإنسانية للفرنسي الكبير بلزاك
أحببتها جداً وخصوصاً بأنه سبق لي وقرأت العديد من روايات بلزاك وعلى علم بشخصياته الشهيرة

Gertrude & Victoria
Apr 24, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: italian-library
Moravia's common theme of misunderstood love between two people very much in love is central to this novel. Conjugal Love takes place in the romantic and beautiful countryside of Tuscany, a place where passions are always aflame and love is consummated eternally, an ideal place for a writer and his young wife to pass away the days dreaming sweet dreams together.

The protagonist, Silvio, a wealthy man with literary ambitions, seeks solitude in his surroundings in the country to finish a novel. He
Aug 14, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
Conjugal Love by Alberto Moravia is a short, intense, somewhat claustrophobic novel about a wealthy man who wants to be a writer and who wants his new wife, a good bit earthier and more idealistic than him, to serve as his muse. They decide to hide away in the Tuscan hills for a while where he will put pen to paper and they will abstain from sapping sex until he's finished his great work.

As a first-person narrative, this is a very analytic, pushy book, much like Silvio, the writer. And like King
Jul 10, 2010 Rick rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Conjugal Love is a precise character study of two young Italians in love in Mussolini’s Italy. The man wants to be loved and to write; the woman, once married, wants a husband who is happy, occupied, and in love with her. The man is a touchy critic who doubts his own creative talent. After their honeymoon they retreat to a villa in hopes he will successfully complete a novel. The husband’s barber annoys, perhaps harasses, the wife, and the overly ambivalent husband is unwilling to dismiss him—th ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Dina rated it really liked it
Great story! Beautifully written!


Predpostavljam da će mi Moravia biti jedan od najomiljenijih egzistencijalista, portretista tjeskobnih individua, dok ne počnem da čitam Sartra ozbiljnije i u cjelini a ne fragmentima kao do sada :)

Divno piše! Pravilan i harmoničan dah proze! Oduševljena sam slikama koje dočarava, potpuno su žive i realne. Ne radi se samo o tome da mogu sve da zamislim lako, nego su takve da se nikad ne bih sjetila takve kombinacije karakteristka likova i detalja priče. Iskače
Oct 07, 2015 Shimaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
النهاية المفتوحه ، كم أكرها ...
هل أكمل الزوج حياته معها وسامحها على خيانتها ، هل رجع الى تعديل الرواية مرة أخرى ،هل واجهها؟
كل تلك الأسئله خطرت ببالى وكيف يمكن لحلاق وصفه بطل الروايه بكل الصفات والعادات السيئه يمكن أن يجذب أمرأة مثلها أكد ذلك صحة المثل القائل لولا أختلاف الأذواق لبارت السلع
Jun 19, 2012 Eleven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle di piacere nel leggerlo. Trama banale gestita con uno stile semplice e un'analisi divertita che ne evidenzia gli aspetti meno insistiti. Non c'è traccia della disperazione dell'Ortis nonostante il tema lo richiami prepotentemente, non c'è traccia di disperazioni forti in genere, quando certo le condizioni permetterebbero loro di esprimersi più che legittimamente. E' il ritratto composto di un ambiente sterile di creatività e di gioia, dove l'inattività illude il protagonista di provare ...more
Al-anoud Al-Sarhan
Jun 08, 2016 Al-anoud Al-Sarhan rated it liked it
I read bitter honeymoon and me and him.i was shocked when I read this because I expected the same Moravian style of writing,sensual ,pornographic,and mainly highlighting moral decadence.the novel is good,not captivating though.
Marialuisa Miceli
Mar 03, 2016 Marialuisa Miceli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro che offre uno spaccato del Moravia coniuge e della sua concezione di amore coniugale.
Mi ha fatto riflettere!
Lascio la mia recensione qui
Kevin Tole
Apr 10, 2016 Kevin Tole rated it really liked it
Decent book simply written for 2/3rds of the way. Then it gets all 'Italo Calvino-ish' on you and starts discussing itself simply by referring to the title of the manuscript he is writing as the book you are reading. After that it all gets a bit convoluted but still quite followable with some excellent points raised. However the faintly erotic and sensual overtones that overlay the first 2/3rds get thrown out with the intellectualising that follows on after the Calvino Syndrome hits home.

Worth r
iain meek
Another wonderful set of short stories from a master exploring the relationships between men and women.
Daniel Rowe
Jan 23, 2016 Daniel Rowe rated it liked it
Like all Moravia books it is so good and filled with such horrible characters. He's amazing.
Fernanda Bueno
Apr 04, 2016 Fernanda Bueno rated it it was ok
Nothing happens, there is no feeling to the book. Very bland and boring.
Janine Mendes-franco
Oct 31, 2008 Janine Mendes-franco rated it really liked it
Engaging and skillfully written, the story is all about a wealthy young man who longs to be a writer and his sexually neglected wife. Originally written in Italian, I'm sure there are nuances that have been lost in translation, but still, a really enjoyable read.
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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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