Conjugal Love (novel)

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First US edition - 1951
(publ. Farrar, Straus and Young)

Conjugal Love was written in the original Italian (L'amore conjugale), by Alberto Moravia in 1947.[1] It was first translated into English in 1951,[2] and has since a new translation by Marina Harss as published by Other Press in 2007.[3]

The novel is written in the first person by a rich Italian dilettante who has gone with his wife to the countryside to attempt to write a novel. The situation is complicated, however, by the couple's decision to remain abstinent throughout this period, and the wife's accusation that her husband's barber has tried to molest her.[3]


  1. ^ Reynolds, Susan Salt (2007-01-21). "Discoveries". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Michael Dirda - Michael Dirda". 21 January 2007. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Conjugal Love". Other Press. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 

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