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Boredom by Alberto Moravia
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Jun 06, 2010

it was amazing
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Boredom is of the Existential kind in this novel of sexual obsession. The boredom has parallels with Sartre's Nausea, that sensation of feeling one's existence acutely. The hapless protagonist of Moravia's tale, a wealthy artist, craves the feeling of boredom but is denied it due to his preoccupation with a young model. What Moravia is able to capture and transmute into fiction is the utter individuality of sensation, as though his dilemma had never, and would never be, experienced by anyone but himself, conjuring to mind Joseph Conrad's maxim: "We live as we dream...alone."
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