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Confessions of Zeno (edition 1962)

by Italo (Roditi Svevo, Edouard)

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Title:Confessions of Zeno
Authors:Italo (Roditi Svevo, Edouard)
Info:Penguin Books Ltd. (1962), Unknown Binding, 448 pages
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Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo

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    fspyck: Ik vond er eenzelfde terughoudenheid in, Machado de Assis is misschien wat grimmiger, en speelt nog meer met vorm en intertekstualiteit, Svevo is ietwat hilarischer
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It required more concentration than I'm used to giving a book--the wit was densely packed into each sentence and took some un-packing to appreciate. I enjoyed making the effort. It struck me as some maniacal blend of David Sedaris and Dostoevsky. ( )
  poingu | Jan 29, 2015 |
Svevo (an alias) was long unremarkable before James Joyce tutored him in English while in Trieste. Joyce promoted this work and got it translated into French. The book would have obviously, I can now see, languished forever without the boost. Passages here and there are astute, but the book itself is a rambling, self-conscious kind of ode to Freudian-style analysis. ( )
  JamesMScott | Jan 11, 2015 |
"I want you to record your thoughts, Zeno. It'll be part of your therapy."
"Really, Doctor? Well, if you say so."
That's what the book is about. We discover who Zeno is by reading his entries. An interesting technique, but not very memorable. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is an amazing book. Svevo was discovered by James Joyce who considered this book brilliant and helped Svevo find a publisher. A wonderfully done unreliable narrator. ( )
  Maryka | Oct 21, 2013 |
Written in a journal style, this is a rather interesting psychological novel with a very neurotic narrator. It is also a very good account of a time period and of a city (Trieste). Funny bits. Overall, though, I wouldn't go as far as saying this is the best early 20th-century Italian litterature has to offer... ( )
1 vote Miguelnunonave | Aug 16, 2013 |
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Italo Svevoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benco, SilvioAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Contini, GabriellaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saccone, EduardoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tuin, JennyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Long hailed as a seminal work of modernism in the tradition of Joyce and Kafka, and now available in a supple new English translation, Italo Svevo’s charming and splendidly idiosyncratic novel conducts readers deep into one hilariously hyperactive and endlessly self-deluding mind. The mind in question belongs to Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman who is writing his confessions at the behest of his psychiatrist. Here are Zeno’s interminable attempts to quit smoking, his courtship of the beautiful yet unresponsive Ada, his unexpected–and unexpectedly happy–marriage to Ada’s homely sister Augusta, and his affair with a shrill-voiced aspiring singer. Relating these misadventures with wry wit and a perspicacity at once unblinking and compassionate, Zeno’s Conscience is a miracle of psychological realism.

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Zenos Conscience (previously translated as Confessions of Zeno) is at once a comedy of errors, a sly testimonial to the joys of procrastination, and a surpassingly lucid vision of human nature. Italo Svevo tells the story of a hapless, doubting, guilt-ridden man paralyzed by fits of despair and ecstasy and tickled by his own cleverness. His doctor advises him, as a form of therapy, to write his memoirs; and in doing so, Zeno reconstructs and ultimately reshapes the events of his life into a palatable reality for himself - a reality, however, founded on compromise, delusion, and rationalization.… (more)

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