Alberto Moravia

Italian Writer

Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle was an Italian novelist and journalist. His novels explored matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism. He is best known for his debut novel Gli indifferenti (published in 1929), and for the anti-fascist novel Il Conformista, the basis for the film The Conformist (1970) by Bernardo Bertolucci.… Read More

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1907 Birth Born on November 28, 1907.


1925 17 Years Old In 1925 at the age of 18, he left the sanatorium and moved to Bressanone. … Read More
1927 19 Years Old In 1927, Moravia met Corrado Alvaro and Massimo Bontempelli and started his career as a journalist with the magazine 900. … Read More


1933 25 Years Old In 1933, together with Mario Pannunzio, he founded the literary review magazines Caratteri (Characters) and Oggi (Today) and started writing for the newspaper Gazzetta del Popolo. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old In 1935 he traveled to the United States to give a lecture series on Italian literature. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old That same year, he married the novelist Elsa Morante, whom he had met in 1936. … Read More


1943 35 Years Old After the Armistice of September 8, 1943, Moravia and Morante took refuge in Fondi, on the border of Ciociaria; the experience inspired La ciociara (The Woman of Ciociara, 1958). … Read More


1952 44 Years Old In 1952 he won the Premio Strega for I Racconti and his novels began to be translated abroad and La Provinciale was adapted to film by Mario Soldati; in 1954 Luigi Zampa directed La Romana and in 1955 Gianni Franciolini directed I Racconti Romani (The Roman Stories, 1954) a short collection that won the Marzotto Award. … Read More
1957 49 Years Old From 1957, he also reviewed and criticised cinema for the weekly magazines L'Europeo and L'Espresso. … Read More


1959 51 Years Old …  Between 1959 and 1962 Moravia was president of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers. … Read More
1960 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Moravia published La Noia (Boredom or The Empty Canvas), the story of the troubled sexual relationship between a young, rich painter striving to find sense in his life and an easygoing girl in Rome. … Read More
1962 54 Years Old In 1962, Moravia and Elsa Morante parted; he went to live with the young writer Dacia Maraini and concentrated on theatre. … Read More


1971 63 Years Old In 1971 he published the novel Io e lui (I and He or The Two of Us) about a screenwriter, his independent penis and the situations to which he thrusts them and the essay Poesia e romanzo (Poetry and Novel).
1972 64 Years Old In 1972 he went to Africa, which inspired his work A quale tribù appartieni? (Which Tribe Do You Belong To?), published in the same year.
1982 74 Years Old His 1982 trip to Japan, including a visit to Hiroshima, inspired a series of articles for L'Espresso magazine about the atomic bomb. … Read More
1986 78 Years Old The short story collection, La Cosa e altri racconti (The Thing and Other Stories), was dedicated to Carmen Llera, his new companion (forty-five years his junior), whom he married in 1986. In 1984, Moravia was elected to the European Parliament as member from the Italian Communist Party.
1988 80 Years Old His experiences at Strasbourg, which ended in 1988, are recounted in Il Diario Europeo (The European Diary). … Read More
1990 82 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1990, Alberto Moravia was found dead in the bathroom of his Lungotevere apartment, in Rome. … Read More
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