First Edition stated. Translated from the Italian by Aida Mastrangelo. Moravia's very scarce first novel. "The story of the moral disintegration of an Italian family... The mordant bitterness, cleverness and wit, and psychological penetration of this first novel by a young Italian author will remind American readers of Aldous Huxley and Richard Aldington." Very Good, mild cocking, spine modestly faded, in near Very Good dustjacket, shallow chipping to spine ends and flap corners, modest shelf wear to edges, pink color at spine faded, few short closed tears.