Will admit that it was also a novel that I nearly put aside because I couldn't quite "gel" with Zeno, his thoughts, various ailments, neurotic disposition or his indecisiveness to say the least. Is this the same novel that's also known as "Confessions of Zeno"...? 2 likes. The success in France led to an English translation being released and a successful relaunch of the book in Italy. Occasionally, Svevo can tend to verbosity, dragging out a series of guilty recriminations or comedy of errors well past the reader's attention span. The mind in question belongs to one Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman who is writing his confessions at the behest of his psychiatrist. Divided into six(6) main chapters, its starts strongly and had it been ended a, I prefer its alternative title: "The Confessions of Zeno." Share this. The novel is overall feels remarkably fresh for a book written 100 years ago. Zeno's Conscience The fictional autobiography and journal of Zeno Cosini proves to be full of comic contradictions, highlighting his own unreliability. Hope you enjoy it. The original English translation was published under the title Confessions of Zeno. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Neurotic Nineteenth Century Nerd Tells All ! Difficult to assign points to a book which I wanted to throw away most of the time I was reading it and ended up greatly admiring. His Zeno is, above all, a walker in the city, a boulevardier and rambler, moving from one neighborhood to another. Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo (real name - Ettore Schmitz) Translation by William Weaver. A friend on GR's brought this to my attention. It reminded me Woody Allen or Gary Shteyngart. The first edition of the novel was published in 1923, and was written by Italo Svevo. He soon emerged from obscurity in Italy, and his rank as a major writer was already established when he died in a car accident in 1928. To see what your friends thought of this book, La coscienza di Zeno = Zeno's Conscience = Confessions of Zeno, Italo Svevo, Zeno Zeno Zeno where do I begin!, life in Trieste was not going good was it, and you really did have some problems didn't you my dear old fellow, not only were attempts to cure your smoking sickness an utter disaster!, after being introduced to his daughters by Giovanni Malfenti you would end up with both a lovely wife in Augusta but also a desirable mistress in Carla, and not have true feelings for either one of them. Welcome back. His sense of humour is self-deprecating. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Recommendations from Jameses - Joyce and Woods - coupled with its lengthiness, led me to believe this book would be a heavy, somber, read. One side of me sees this autobiographical novel as a vivid, dense and well written slice of life, but the other side sees it as a rambling and convoluted novel centered around a self-important narcissist... Italo Svevo (1861-1928) was Jewish businessman and part-time writer who lived virtually his entire life in Trieste. We’d love your help. Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? Absolutely brilliant prose and excellent characters! The novel was self-published in 1923. The mind in question belongs to one Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman who is writing his confessions at the behest of his psychiatrist. It's a joy, an encomium to the Everyman, a Walserian celebration of dorky, awkward neurotics who marry plain women when rebuffed by others, flail in business, and, leaning over their fathers' deathbeds, are slapped in the face. He was not a very prolific author, since he wrote three or four novels in addition to many short stories, but if one reads it, one does not forget it. A close friend of Irish novelist and poet James Joyce, Svevo was considered a pioneer of the psychological novel in Italy and is best known for his classic modernist novel La coscienza di Zeno (1923), a work that had a profound effect on the movement. Aron Hector Schmitz, better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo was an Italian writer, businessman, novelist, playwright, and short story writer. In one of many passages in his book discussing "Zeno's Conscience", Appiah writes. We meet his father, his wife and her family, and his friends and acquaintances. ”, “It is comfortable to live in the belief that you are great, though your greatness is latent. Find books like Zeno's Conscience from the world’s largest community of readers.

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