Italo Svevo’s novel belongs recognisably to the comic tradition of Don Confessions of Zeno moves between moral correction and tragic. 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. The Confessions of Zeno: Italo Svevo: became his most famous novel, La coscienza di Zeno (; Confessions of Zeno), a brilliant work in the form of a.

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Over the next few days, his father is able to get up and regains a bit of his self. Carla is a poor girl hoping to be a famous singer.

Zeno —the narrator and eponymous hero— on the surface is a hypochondriac, neurotic, quirky, solipsistic, self-examining and self-serving bourgeois; deep down, however, he sveov love and goodness incarnate, not by design but by the whims of life. The death of Zeno’s father, Silva, has a major impact on Zeno’s life.

These chapters are masterpieces of emotional development, and are likely the things which made his reputation.

One feels like one is in the midst of a more or less permanent sigh. But then again I also loved Tolstoy, and Kafka, and Dostoevsky.

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 We constantly ache for something new, even if it is worse; this perversion is a side-effect of happiness, of cankering complacency. Sadly What I had hoped would be an inspiration for me in my own desperate attempts to ditch the coffin nails things could be better, but at least having my head buried in the pages of a book is one way to at least cut down!.

They hire two workers named Luciano and Carmen who becomes Guido’s mistress and they attempt to make as much profit as possible. During their courtship, Livia says, Svevo anxiously warned her: This is not to say they were lousy- they weren’t. He shows this to his father who is hurt by this joke and becomes even more convinced that Zeno must be crazy.


And given this paradox, what are his confessions for? When he is starting to learn about the business world, he meets his future father-in-law Giovanni Malfenti, an intelligent and successful businessman, whom Zeno admires.

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He concocts numerous reasons why his “last cigarette” needn’t truly become his last; he strives endlessly to convince himself that he loves his wife; he tirelessly justifies an awkward affair, all the while vacillating between a paralysis of action and a lazy submission. What makes this book so psychologically profound is that rather than just revealing the minutiae of how we behave, with precision that reminds one of the accomplishments of authors like Tolstoy or Chekhov, Svevo goes further and shows how these behaviors are concealed and interpreted by people.

Each chapter, which are laid out in a vaguely linear way through Zeno’s life, navigates a particular facet of his life: Now where did I leave that ashtray?. In my case, I was so moved that I had no sense of my inadequacy.

The Confessions of Zeno

Soon, he steals money from his father to buy tobacco, but finally decides not to do this out of shame. Sarebbe come voler turare i buchi che abbiamo nel corpo credendoli delle ferite.

That is the question mark which is answered in the person of Zeno. To ask other readers questions about Zeno’s Conscienceplease sign up. Svevo even makes the spring of the book since it is under the command of his psychoanalyst that Zeno, the narrator, undertakes to write down hum I wonder whether other editions exhibit the same flaws.

Will admit that it was also a novel that I nearly put aside because I couldn’t quite “gel” with Condessions, his thoughts, various ailments, neurotic disposition og his indecisiveness to say the least.

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So the more Zeno tells us he is strong, svevp more weak he seems. The last chapter is something much darker in tone. Absolutely brilliant prose and excellent characters! Set up a giveaway. The surprise with this book is what a horrible printing this is.

Purtroppo la vicenda non permette di andare a scavare come egli voleva, almeno non per quanto mi riguarda e non di questi tempi.


Zeno is on vacation with his family when he is separated from them by a platoon of soldiers. Oct 08, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps it was this suspicion that bound me confeesions my habit, for it is comfortable to live in the belief that you are great, though your greatness is latent.

It reveals, again, the stagnation of the human condition, regardless of who writes of it, when they wrote it, or the geographic location where it was originated.

It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. But Zeno would be easy to read were he merely reliably unreliable: The ending is at once surprising and consistent with the character. Furthermore his relationship with women is so timid such that it breeds guilt and subservience: Guido speaks fo Tuscan while Confessipns speaks the dialect of Triesteis handsome, and has a full head of hair compared with Zeno’s xvevo head.

But one might equally say that he forces it to confess itself. The style is unique and appealing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The tialo half and last chapter are excellent. At one point he zeni asked to help someone he knows cannot be helped because the man won’t take responsibility for his own affairs. Zeno acts – the complications do not paralyse him – but he becomes more and more unsure of the meaning and the rightness of his actions until the last chapter, where he contemplates his psychoanalysis and decides that his doctor’s very attempt to cure him is wrong-headed and that the images and memories the doctor wants to do away with are the ones Zeno cherishes the most.

Often the story moves slowly as we watch the protagonist agoniz 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.