A story of a collapsing marriage set against the backdrop of Rome and Capri.
From the introduction to the book by Tim Parks:
“In an interview late in his life, Moravia spoke of Contempt as “one of my best novels, because at once profoundly felt and completely invented” … The genius of Contempt was the creation of a plot that would allow us to explore the complexity [of the relation] in all its contradictions and conundrums – its intense and bewildering emotions – without ever feeling that we have properly understood it…”
“In their different ways, despite opening in a determinedly realist fashion, each of his novels gradually generates an aura of the surreal…”
“Love, in Moravia novels, is almost always something suffered rather than enjoyed… it rarely relieves a gnawing sense of alienation… Yet his work is enlightening. In his combination of obsessive reflection and dreamlike unfolding of plot, he creates a convincing and entirely personal vision of the world which compels us to turn the pages to the end, leaving us afterwards with a mental construct at once so consistent and so elusive that the reader will be brooding over it and reconsidering it for weeks to come. I ask no more of a book.”
Capri I Faraglioni (mentioned in the book).
The protagonist walks up and down a path in the story during his Capri stay. One of those?