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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 4th 2003
Pages no: 437
Edition language: English
Du même coup, le chagrin que j'éprouvais de ne pas savoir si j'étais essentiellement bon s'atténua. Il me semblait que j'avais résolu un angoissant problème: nous ne sommes ni bons ni méchants, et il y a bien d'autres choses encore que nous ne sommes pas. La bonté est une lumière qui n'éclaire que p...
A few other books can talk about the Modern man, about human life in the 20th century - and way beyond that - with such masterful balance between plot and reflection, story and history, personal and global. Since that wasn't enough, possibly the most beautiful Italian prose of the whole century.The ...
Hilarious at some parts, but it has some rhythm problems. I thought it was just me, but from what I read in other reviews, people usually take a long period of time to finish it. My favorite parts were when Zeno decides to get married and engages in courtship and the beginning of his new commercial ...
I am reading a book now that made me think of this one; unfortunately I read it prior to starting my good reads account; but wanted to at least paste in the quote that was my favorite (so much so that I could find it scrolling through my sent emails):"While I sit here analyzing myself a sudden doubt...
2 stars and a half. A bit too praised and overrated for what it's worth, imho. Everybody says it's OMG funny. It is humoresque, indeed, but not haha funny; rather oh, come on! funny, if that means anything to anybody. I'm sure happy I bought it 6 times cheaper than its original price.Speaking of psy...
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