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Born in Austrian Trieste of a Jewish Italian-German family, Svevo spoke German fluently and pursued a business career before taking up fiction under a pseudonym that means "Italus the Swabian" or South German. His Italian had indeed something foreign about it, as did the characterizations of heroes and heroines in his novels. His first novel, A Life (1893), published at his own expense, and his second, Senilita (As a Man Grows Older) (1898), were virtually ignored. Svevo might have despaired had it not been for his friendship with the expatriate Irish novelist James Joyce (see Vol. 1), with whom he exchanged language lessons in Trieste. Joyce's intervention eventually found a foreign audience for Svevo's third and perhaps best novel, The Confessions of Zeno (1923), first published and very well received in France. As Svevo's reputation spread, he was called the Italian Proust in France, the Italian Musil in Germany, and the Italian Joyce in England. Italian critics now point out that, despite Svevo's foreign success, it was an Italian, Eugenio Montale, who wrote the first significant critical appraisal in 1925. Still, by then Montale had already steeped himself in foreign literatures and could assume a foreign perspective, while more natively rooted Italian critics, including even Benedetto Croce, continued to discount Svevo as a writer writing to be translated. (Bowker Author Biography) Italo Svevo (1861-1928), ne' Ettore Schmitz, was born in Trieste and lived there all of his life. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Zeno's Conscience 3,236 copies, 44 reviews
As a Man Grows Older 1,063 copies, 12 reviews
A Life 369 copies, 5 reviews
A Perfect Hoax 162 copies, 2 reviews
Corto viaggio sentimentale 78 copies, 1 review
Scritti su Joyce 52 copies, 1 review
Il mio ozio 35 copies
I racconti 29 copies
Romanzi (Author) 25 copies
Alle verhalen 23 copies
Umbertino 15 copies
Diario per la fidanzata 12 copies, 1 review
Een strijd 10 copies, 1 review
Novelle 8 copies
Modernité 4 copies
Commedie (Author) 4 copies
Una vita: Senilita (Author) 4 copies
Yaslilik 3 copies
Teatro 3 copies
Racconti 2 copies
Kaks novelli 2 copies
Italo Svevo 2 copies
Fábulas 1 copy
Italia (Contributor) 1 copy
T ZERO 1 copy
Death 1 copy
Poviedky I 1 copy
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (Contributor) 118 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (Contributor) 76 copies, 2 reviews
Great Italian Short Stories (Contributor) 42 copies, 1 review
Meesters der Italiaanse vertelkunst (Contributor) 12 copies
Modern Italian Short Stories (Contributor) 6 copies

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