Friday, August 29, 2008

Alberto Moravia in his study with his cat, Famossimo


The Paris Review 1954, No. 6 (Summer)

© 2004 The Paris Review Foundation, Inc.

INTERVIEWER: You do not consider yourself a moralist, do you?
MORAVIA: No, I most emphatically do not. Truth and beauty are educatory in themselves. . . . Social criticism must necessarily, and always, be an extremely superficial thing. But don’t misunderstand me. Writers, like all artists, are concerned to represent reality, to create a more absolute and complete reality than reality itself. They must, if they are to accomplish this, assume a moral position, a clearly conceived political, social, and philosophical attitude; in consequence, their beliefs are, of course, going to find their way into their work. What artists believe, however, is of secondary importance, ancillary to the work itself. A writer survives in spite of his beliefs. Lawrence will be read whatever one thinks of his notions on sex. Dante is read in the Soviet Union.

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