Books: Current & Various: Jun. 11, 1965

THE FETISH AND OTHER STORIES by Alberto Moravia. 285 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $4.95.

Alberto Moravia is one of the leading money-changers in the fashionable temple of anxiety. He specializes in counterfeit intellectual currency: man is a hopeless victim of his own technology; sex is the only natural act remaining to man; life is just awful. It was awful in Moravia's early novels (The Woman of Rome, Conjugal Love), but somehow it was described with sensuous excitement. In his recent books (The Empty Canvas, Roman Tales), the excitement has progressively decelerated, and in the present collection of 41 short stories Moravia...

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