Zeno's Conscience

Zeno's Conscience
Author: Italo Svevo
Publisher: CONVIVIVM
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2015
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:


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Zeno's Conscience (La Conscienza di Zeno), by Italo Svevo, is a masterpiece of Italian literature of the 20th century. The book is narrated by Zeno Cosini, a middle-aged man who decides to write his memories in an attempt to understand himself and his life. Through his reflections, the author explores themes such as identity, psychoanalysis, death, illness, and love. The narrative is filled with humor and irony, but it is also deeply philosophical and introspective. Zeno is a complex and contradictory character whose actions are often motivated by selfish and thoughtless impulses. The author accurately describes the human mind, with its contradictions and weaknesses. Svevo is a master in creating memorable characters, such as the sisters Ada, whom he is in love with, and Augusta, and Guido, his rival in the conquest of Ada. Svevo's language is clear, innovative, and ironic. Zeno's Conscience is a work that challenges the reader to reflect on life and human nature, and continues to be one of the most important and influential works of Italian literature.

Confessions of Zeno

Confessions of Zeno
Author: Italo Svevo
Publisher:
Total Pages: 430
Release: 1948
Genre: Families
ISBN:


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Memoir of Italo Svevo

Memoir of Italo Svevo
Author: Livia Veneziani Svevo
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2001
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780810160842


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"The Italian Italo Svevo had many things in common with other writers: a long struggle for recognition, a mutually respectful friendship with a noteworthy author (in Svevo's case, James Joyce), and a long list of neuroses. Unlike some writers, however, Svevo was fortunate to have a wife who worked tirelessly on his behalf." "After Svevo's death in 1928 at the age of sixty-six, Livia Veneziani Svevo penned this portrait of a serious artist and a loving, if quirky, marriage. Memoir of Italo Svevo illuminates its subject's darkly comic novels and shows how a successful middle-aged businessman, as obsessed with smoking as with his abandoned literary ambitions, became one of the great authors of the twentieth century." --Book Jacket.

In Dante's Wake

In Dante's Wake
Author: John Freccero
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2015-09-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0823264297


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Waking to find himself shipwrecked on a strange shore before a dark wood, the pilgrim of the Divine Comedy realizes he must set his sights higher and guide his ship to a radically different port. Starting on the sand of that very shore with Dante, John Freccero begins retracing the famous voyage recounted by the poet nearly 700 years ago. Freccero follows pilgrim and poet through the Comedy and then beyond, inviting readers both uninitiated and accomplished to join him in navigating this complex medieval masterpiece and its influence on later literature. Perfectly impenetrable in its poetry and unabashedly ambitious in its content, the Divine Comedy is the cosmos collapsed on itself, heavy with dense matter and impossible to expand. Yet Dante’s great triumph is seen in the tiny, subtle fragments that make up the seamless whole, pieces that the poet painstakingly sewed together to form a work that insinuates itself into the reader and inspires the work of the next author. Freccero magnifies the most infinitesimal elements of that intricate construction to identify self-similar parts, revealing the full breadth of the great poem. Using this same technique, Freccero then turns to later giants of literature— Petrarch, Machiavelli, Donne, Joyce, and Svevo—demonstrating how these authors absorbed these smallest parts and reproduced Dante in their own work. In the process, he confronts questions of faith, friendship, gender, politics, poetry, and sexuality, so that traveling with Freccero, the reader will both cross unknown territory and reimagine familiar faces, swimming always in Dante’s wake.

Further Confessions of Zeno

Further Confessions of Zeno
Author: Italo Svevo
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 1969
Genre: Italian drama
ISBN:


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5 short stories and a play dealing with old age - its frustrations and consolations.

A Very Old Man

A Very Old Man
Author: Italo Svevo
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2022-08-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 168137594X


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A newly translated collection of fiction by the influential Italian modernist, continuing on his landmark work Zeno's Conscience. A Very Old Man collects five linked stories, parts of an unfinished novel that the great Triestine Italo Svevo wrote at the end of his life, after the international success of Zeno’s Conscience in 1923. Here Svevo revisits with new vigor and agility themes that fascinated him from the start—aging, deceit, and self-deception, as well as the fragility, fecklessness, and plain foolishness of the bourgeois paterfamilias—even as memories of the recent, terrible slaughter of World War I and the contemporary rise of Italian fascism also cast a shadow over the book’s pages. It opens with “The Contract,” in which Zeno’s manager, the hardheaded young Olivi, expresses, like the war veterans who were Mussolini’s early followers, a sense of entitlement born of fighting in the trenches. Zeno, by contrast, embodies the confusion and paralysis of the more decorous, although sleepy, way of life associated with the onetime Austro-Hungarian Empire which for so long ruled over Trieste but has now been swept away. As always, Svevo is attracted to the theme of how people fail to fit in. It is they, he suggests, who offer a recognizably human countenance in a world ravaged by the ambitions and fantasies of its true believers.

A Life

A Life
Author: Italo Svevo
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2006-11-28
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 190896877X


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A Life is the gruelling tale of the frustrated existence of a bank clerk with a poetic soul. The artistic aspirations of the protagonist and the emptiness of his daily life become tragic in the great divide between what he wants and what he actually has and gets. Alfonso the bank clerk wants to be a poet and seems to be falling in love with Annetta, the vain and arrogant daughter of his boss. But the emptiness of both his attempts at writing and at love lead to an ironic and painful conclusion.

Satantango

Satantango
Author: László Krasznahorkai
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2012-03-05
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811217345


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"Set in an isolated hamlet, Satantango unfolds over the course of a few rain-soaked days. Only a dozen inhabitants remain in the bleak village, rank with the stench of failed schemes, betrayals, failure, infidelity, sudden hopes, and aborted dreams. At the center of Satantango is the eponymous drunken dance"--Page [i].

Enemies, A Love Story

Enemies, A Love Story
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Publisher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 292
Release: 1988-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780374515225


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A Jewish refugee who escaped Hitler's Holocaust and is living in New York with his second wife faces a dilemma when he discovers that his first wife is still alive.