Italo Svevo

Italo Svevo, born Aron Ettore Schmitz, was an Italian writer and businessman, known for his novel 'Zeno's Conscience'. He is considered one of the most important figures in Italian literature of the early 20th century.


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  1. 1. Confessions of Zeno

    "Confessions of Zeno" is a satirical, semi-autobiographical novel that follows the life of Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman, as he tries to quit smoking. The book is presented as a diary, written at the suggestion of Zeno's psychoanalyst, and it details Zeno's thoughts on his health, his family, his business ventures, and his infatuation with a beautiful woman. Throughout the story, Zeno's attempts to quit smoking serve as a metaphor for his struggles with his personal weaknesses and his quest for self-understanding.

    The 234th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Senilità

    "Senilità" is a psychological novel that follows the life of a middle-aged man, Emilio Brentani, who falls in love with a younger woman, Angiolina, who manipulates and betrays him. Emilio's obsession with Angiolina leads him into a downward spiral of self-destruction, as he grapples with feelings of jealousy, paranoia, and self-loathing. The novel explores themes of aging, loneliness, and the human condition in modern society.

    The 1498th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. As A Man Grows Older

    The novel delves into the life of an aging, unremarkable bureaucrat who becomes entangled in a love affair with a much younger woman. As he grapples with his fading youth and the disappointments of his mediocre career, his romantic aspirations lead to a series of comic and poignant misadventures. The narrative explores themes of self-deception, the disillusionment of middle age, and the human struggle to find meaning and connection in a modern world that often seems indifferent to individual desires and fears.

    The 6195th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Zeno's Conscience

    "Zeno's Conscience" is a novel that delves into the complex mind of Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian businessman, through his confessional memoirs, which he writes at the behest of his psychiatrist. The narrative humorously and poignantly explores Zeno's struggles with his father's death, his unfulfilled love affairs, his troubled marriage, and his addiction to cigarettes. The book, rich in irony and psychological depth, offers a sharp critique of early 20th-century bourgeois society, revealing the protagonist's introspective and often flawed interpretations of his own life and the world around him.

    The 7652nd Greatest Book of All Time