The Conformist (Il conformista) is a novel by Alberto Moravia published in , which details the life and desire for normalcy of a government official during. The Conformist is a novel by Alberto Moravia published in , telling us about . ma un mio amico mi aveva detto que Il conformista è il migliori di Moravia. Il conformista has ratings and reviews. Chichikov said: The odd page prologue was the best part. An interesting book, but too long by half;.

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It is his need to be–or at least to appear–“normal” that drives Marcello to conform to society’s mores and persuades him to embrace fascism. He is not even one of those complex personages who have a dark side, but at least there is some aspect that you could like about them.

Mimicry is the only way he could survive in society Actually, that’s exactly how one could survive in this modern life, no? The Conformist is a novel by Alberto Moravia published intelling us about the life of a government official during Italy’s fascist period and his desire to be normal. Clerici is a man with everything under control – a wife who loves him, colleagues who respect him, the hidden power that comes with his secret work for the Italian political police during the Mussolini years.


It is also known for the film adaptation by Bernardo Bertolucci. Published February 21st by Bompiani first published April 15th The finale is shuttering and touching, though.

Lots of incredible parts and scenes in this novel. Marcello apparently discovers that he feels the same pleasure he derived moravua smashing plants and cutting the heads off flowers by killing lizards. You are more outraged by an eventual sodomy than by the murder Part of Marcello’s unease with himself comes from his ambivalent sexuality.

Equally importantly, while he has struggled to achieve perfect normality, he discovers that the truly normal “take the utmost liberties with normality itself. On the night of her conception, he says: The Life of Pi Yann Martel. Wonderful plot and characterisation, and every other element. I plan on seeing the film again soon, not so much to compare it to the book, but because I find the story so thought-provoking and worthy of examination.

But of course he’s too late in learning that lesson.

By now I really think he is going to become a serial killer. The main character in The COnformist is not hateful, but does despicable things. Perhaps even more to the point, he seems to project a need for the “abnormal” experience. The obsession with normalcy was perhaps the greatest bane of the 20th century. Another book on my list of Italian classics to read, recommended by a friend who lists Moravia as one of the best Italian authors of the 20th century.


From here, we jump to Part 1 and Marcello is an adult, about to be married, and searching confformista normalcy in his life.

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Godard’s ‘Contempt’ was boss Overall, I would highly recommend this book. The main character is a flawed member of the government network that is out to destroy its albberto.

Yes, he was the same as the others, the same as everyone. Bonjour tristesse Francoise Sagan. All of the main characters, Marcello, Lino, Giulia, Quadri and Lina love someone who does not return their love.

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I liked the conformist a lot, too. No longer is he “a solitary, an abnormal person, a mad man, he was one of them, a brother, a fellow-citizen, a comrade”. Moravia also intimates a connection between sexual repression and fascism. I read this for Kimley’s film group, and it’s one fantastic can’t put down novel. Paperbackpages. Clarici while he’s there.