The Woman of Rome

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The Woman from Rome (Italian: La romana) is a 1947 novel by Alberto Moravia about the intersecting lives of many characters, chief among them being a prostitute (whose mother is also a prostitute) and an idealistic intellectual who, after an interrogation by the Fascist officers, during which he betrays his colleagues (for reasons he himself is not able to understand), becomes completely disillusioned about everything.

Like many other novels by Alberto Moravia novels and by other authors of the time, this novel explores the themes of existentialism and morality and alienation.

Even though the novel is about a prostitute, an intellectual who loses his commitment and his belief in everything, and a Fascist officer, the novel still presents compelling insights about the individual and the society and what links them together. And also about their respective responsibilities.

The novel was adapted into a film in 1954.