Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Each episode of Profile of a Writer explores the life and work of a prominent writer. Not just a dry recitation of fact, each episode is an exploration of the environment and people that shaped the writer's life and work. From interviews with family and friends, to glimpses of the artist at work, no stone is left unturned. In this particular episode, the life and work of Alberto Moravia is considered. Moravia, an Italian existentialist, performs short readings in Rome and discusses the themes of despair and absence of meaning in his work.