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Italo Svevo (1861–1928)

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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 visa mer 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) visa färre

Verk av Italo Svevo

Zenos bekännelser (1930) 3,512 exemplar
Farväl till ungdomen : roman (1898) 1,137 exemplar
A Life (1892) 406 exemplar
A Perfect Hoax (1926) 174 exemplar
En kort sentimental resa (1928) 82 exemplar
Further Confessions of Zeno (1969) 58 exemplar
James Joyce (1967) 47 exemplar
Il mio ozio (1995) 36 exemplar
I racconti (1985) 32 exemplar
Autobiografisch profiel (1988) 27 exemplar
Romanzi (1985) — Författare — 27 exemplar
Alle verhalen (1989) 24 exemplar
L' assassinio di via Belpoggio (1990) — Författare — 20 exemplar
Tutti i romanzi e i racconti (1991) 20 exemplar
Romanzi e continuazioni (2004) 19 exemplar
Diario per la fidanzata (1979) 16 exemplar
Umbertino (1968) 15 exemplar
A Very Old Man: Stories (2022) 15 exemplar
Todos los relatos (2007) 15 exemplar
Argo e il suo padrone e altri racconti (2001) — Författare — 15 exemplar
La coscienza di Zeno-Senilità-Una vita (1997) — Författare — 12 exemplar
Een strijd (2013) 11 exemplar
Sur James Joyce (1986) 8 exemplar
Novelle (1988) 8 exemplar
La Coscienza di Zeno e Continuazioni — Författare — 6 exemplar
La madre (Libri di una sera) (1993) 5 exemplar
Le Destin des souvenirs (2017) 4 exemplar
Yaslilik (2014) 4 exemplar
Commedie (2018) — Författare — 4 exemplar
Le vin du salut (1991) 4 exemplar
Una vita: Senilita — Författare — 4 exemplar
Modernité (2011) 3 exemplar
Escritos sobre Joyce (1990) 3 exemplar
Teatro (1984) 3 exemplar
Eeuwige jeugd (2017) 2 exemplar
Tutte le opere (2004) 2 exemplar
Hayat işte : roman (2012) 2 exemplar
Vino generoso 2 exemplar
Opera omnia. 3, Racconti, saggi, pagine sparse — Författare — 2 exemplar
Kaks novelli 2 exemplar
Racconti (2010) 2 exemplar
La vie conjugale 1895-1900 (2007) 2 exemplar
Fabulas (2008) 1 exemplar
Italo Svevo 1 exemplar
Cömert Sarap (2019) 1 exemplar
romanzi e racconti (1995) 1 exemplar
Teatro 1 exemplar
Zenos Gewissen. 1 exemplar
Lettere: con gli scritti di Montale su Svevo — Författare — 1 exemplar
Italia — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar
T ZERO 1 exemplar
Le Tramway de Servola (1995) 1 exemplar
Il malocchio 1 exemplar
Poviedky I 1 exemplar
Epistolario 1 exemplar
Umbertino y otros relatos (2011) 1 exemplar
وجدان زنو 1 exemplar
Bos Zamanlarim (2014) 1 exemplar
Teatro e saggi (2004) 1 exemplar
Fábulas 1 exemplar
Thre complet 1 exemplar
Théâtre complet (1998) 1 exemplar
Death 1 exemplar
Een geslaagde grap 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 127 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (2019) — Bidragsgivare — 124 exemplar
Great Italian Short Stories (1959) — Bidragsgivare — 42 exemplar
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (1969) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Meesters der Italiaanse vertelkunst (1955) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
Modern Italian Short Stories (1954) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Kirjallisuus? Tutkimus? (1987) 2 exemplar


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Alright, nothing too exciting. The format and way of telling the story and the style of characters really reminded me of the fables the main character writes. It's also not too sad, which is good cause the subject could easily turn out that way. I dunno, not much to say about it. Good enough but nothing special, just nice and didn't leave me with any lingering thoughts.

Quick plot summary so I can remember what happens if I come back to it in the future, don't click unless you want it all spoiled! Guy who wrote a book 40 years ago and still harbours dreams of being a proper literary star lives with his ill brother who he looks after reads to while working for a businessman and writing fables about sparrows. A cruel friend tricks him into thinking a publisher has signed a contract to publish his old book for a lot of money. This changes how man feels, he acts as more of an arsehole to his brother because he's worried, it preoccupies his mind. Eventually he works out he's been had, feels like an idiot, punches cruel friend a bit. All ends happily because through weirdness with exchange rate and cheques he actually made money out of the fake cheque cruel friend made out to him under false name. Roll credits… (mer)
tombomp | 2 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
E' Italo Svevo. O lo ami o lo detesti. Le 250 pagine del libro potrebbero essere riassunte in dieci righe. Ma di Svevo si ama la scrittura, l'analisi psicologica, lo sguardo dei personaggi sul mondo. E' uno degli autori che ha cambiato la letteratura italiana.
GabrieleSc | 13 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
I read this book in Trieste... it was the perfect accompaniment to my trip.
lemontwist | 45 andra recensioner | Sep 4, 2023 |
Literary masterpiece, with a shocking final twist.

"Confessions of Zeno" is the journal of a middle-aged man in Trieste, Italy (in the NE, near Croatia, Slovenia and Austria). He first describes briefly his difficult relationship with his father, and his problems quitting smoking, but then moves to the heart of his narrative, which concerns his life spent with a successful merchant-class family, with whose father he has a business relationship, and whose two daughters he desires a personal relationship.

He courts each daughter in turn, eventually marrying one, but keeps a mistress for a time, and comes to befriend the man who marries the other daughter, even entering into a business relationship with him. He manages to have a child, and lives a relatively quiet bourgeois existence.

The problem is, he is utterly detached, self-absorbed, and hypocritical. A narcissist's narcissist. When I say "business relationship", I use the term loosely. He despises honest labor!

Worse, during the various troubles he has with his friends and family, he cannot see it is his personality which causes them. The book is subtle and clever, describing the story through his eyes, but still making it clear he is usually the trouble-maker. The unreliability of a narcissist's narrative is its own undoing.

The journal was supposed to have been written for the sake of a psychologist, who is now publishing it to convince his patient he requires more therapy. For the greater part, it is a generally plain book, with interesting characters who take us through interesting adventures, even if those adventures are made comical by the man writing the tale, unaware what a clown he truly is.

But only by the end of the book does the book's full effect dawn on us, and we finally understand the psychologist. The ending is quite subtle. I was shocked enough to re-read the last few pages a few times before actually believing what it seemed to say. But the book's message was that much more effective because of this subtlety. After reading a "plain" book for so many pages, the ending is that much more powerful.

The book's style is clear and engaging, the characters well drawn and endearing, and the stories charming. Many readers will be happy enough to follow this "tragicomic" story for its own sake, but patient and insightful readers will be rewarded with a conclusion that forces them to question what the book had told them all along, and reflect on the meaning of life, love, family, and friendship.
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jvhovig | 45 andra recensioner | Aug 25, 2023 |



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