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 in 1907.


1925 18 Years Old In 1925 he left the sanatorium and moved to Brixen, where he wrote his first novel, Gli Indifferenti (Time of Indifference), published in 1929. … Read More


1927 20 Years Old In 1927, Moravia met Corrado Alvaro and Massimo Bontempelli, and started his career as a journalist with the magazine 900, which published his first short stories, including "La Cortigiana Stanca" ("The Tired Courtesan" or in French as "Lassitude de Courtisane", 1927), "Delitto al Circolo del Tennis" ("Crime at the Tennis Club") (1928), "Il Ladro Curioso" ("The Curious Thief") and "Apparizione" ("Apparition") (both 1929). … Read More
1933 26 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, La Gazzetta del Popolo. … Read More
1935 28 Years Old In 1935 he traveled to the United States to give a lecture series on Italian literature. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old That same year, he married the novelist Elsa Morante, whom he had met in 1936; they lived in Capri, where he wrote Agostino.


1941 34 Years Old To avoid Fascist censorship he wrote mainly in the surrealist and allegoric genres, among the works is Il Sogno del Pigro ("The Dream of the Lazy"), however, the Fascist seizing of the second edition of La Mascherata, in 1941, thereafter forced him to write under a pseudonym.
1943 36 Years Old After the Armistice of 8 September 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 45 Years Old In 1952 he won the Premio Strega for I Racconti, and his novels began to be translated abroad.
1954 47 Years Old That same year "La Provinciale" was cinematically adapted 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 50 Years Old From 1957 onwards, he also reviewed and criticised cinema for the weekly magazines L'Europeo and L'Espresso; it is collected in the volume Al Cinema ("At the Cinema") (1975).
1960 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, he published one of his most famous novels, 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 55 Years Old In 1962 Moravia and Elsa Morante parted; he went to live with the young writer Dacia Maraini.
1966 59 Years Old Increasingly, he concentrated on theatre; in 1966, he and Maraini and Enzo Siciliano founded the company called "Il Porcospino", which staged works by Moravia, Maraini, Carlo Emilio Gadda, and others. … Read More


1971 64 Years Old In 1971 he published the novel Io e lui (and He"The Two of Us) about a screenwriter and his independent penis and the situations to which he thrusts them, and the essay Poesia e romanzo ("Poetry and Novel").
1972 65 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 75 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
1984 77 Years Old In 1984 he was elected to the European Parliament as member from the Italian Communist Party. … Read More
1985 78 Years Old In 1985 he won the title of "European Personality".
1990 83 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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