Modeling on the Spanish Steps by Michael Berton

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The Woman of Rome: A Love Letter to the Oldest Profession

Among the many Italian authors billed as literary powerhouses, there is still, perhaps, no one who can hold a candle to Alberto Moravia. His most epic work, The Woman of Rome, is all the proof one needs of this. Released in 1949, the political undertones that become more prominent as the novel progresses cover the then recent past, a wartime era that tore the nation … Continue reading The Woman of Rome: A Love Letter to the Oldest Profession