Michael F. Moore is a New York–based writer, translator, and interpreter, and the chair of the PEN Translation Fund. His translations from the Italian include four novels by Erri De Luca, Guido Ceronetti’s Silence of the Body, and Sandro Veronesi’s Quiet Chaos. Moore 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