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The lie

Author: Alberto Moravia; Angus Davidson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [1966] ©1966
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a story of Francesco Merighi, a journalist, who, to escape a disintegrating marriage, has become a foreign correspondent, spending most of his time out of Italy and traveling abroad. During these ten years, he has continued to share the same apartment with his wife Cora and his step-daughter Baba but has hardly seen or spoken to either of them. When the novel opens, Francesco has made one of his infrequent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alberto Moravia; Angus Davidson
OCLC Number: 360533
Notes: Translation of L'attenzione.
Description: 334 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Attenzione.
Responsibility: Alberto Moravia ; translated by Angus Davidson.

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This is a story of Francesco Merighi, a journalist, who, to escape a disintegrating marriage, has become a foreign correspondent, spending most of his time out of Italy and traveling abroad. During these ten years, he has continued to share the same apartment with his wife Cora and his step-daughter Baba but has hardly seen or spoken to either of them. When the novel opens, Francesco has made one of his infrequent returns to Rome and has just discovered, through an anonymous letter, that his wife, who has a dressmaking shop, allegedly has a second profession, that of a procuress. He also learns that she had once tried to introduce her then fourteen-year-old daughter into her business. Baba is now twenty, and Francesco finds that his own feelings for his stepdaughter are, or could become, incestuous. For a long time Francesco has been obsessed by a desire to write a novel, and he decides to note in a diary the events of his life with Cora and his inclinations toward Baba; the diary will eventually serve as the raw material of the novel. It does not take long for Francesco to understand that a writer inevitable changes facts and corrects the truth and that even a simple record of life - such as the journal he is keeping - is impossible: an artist always project himself into his narrative and substitutes fictional truth for object reporting.

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