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A stimulating combination of nihilism and morality,
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This review is from: The Woman of Rome (Italia) (Paperback)
This book represents a coming together of the Dostoevski/existentialist tradition and that of the great nineteenth century novelists. One is initially put off by the author's declaration in the preface that he is putting his intellectual's mind into the 'sort of woman' who would be unable to think in such a way. Hmmm ... not very nineties. One quickly learns to respect Adriana, however, for the combination of sponteneity and thought, conscience and amorality she shows in all circumstances. The background of fascist Rome is delicately hinted at; it exerts a constant pressure without ever being explicit. This is highly reminiscent of Camus' Algeria. Yet scenes such as Adriana's confession in a darkened Church on a hot Roman afternoon conjures up a Renaissance painting.