Michael F. Moore is the chair of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund. His translations from the Italian include, most recently, Live Bait, by Fabio Genovesi, The Drowned and the Saved, by Primo Levi, and Quiet Chaos, by Sandro Veronesi. He is currently working on a new translation of the nineteenth-century classic, The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni.
“A brilliant novella…. Moravia again dissected a mother–son relationship as the young protagonist made the joint discovery of sexuality and of class distinction, as the neglected boy took up with a band of working-class youth, whose sexual knowledge was far more advanced than his own. Their contempt for his innocence and their envy of his family’s wealth run through the story in a typically Moravian juxtaposition.”—William Weaver