Confessions of Zeno

Confessions of Zeno

Italo Svevo Beryl de Zoete / Jul 15, 2019

Confessions of Zeno The pliant protagonist of Italo Svevo s classic Confessions of Zeno is among other things a bumbling businessman a guilt ridden adulterer and a hardcore nicotine addict What Zeno Cosini most

  • Title: Confessions of Zeno
  • Author: Italo Svevo Beryl de Zoete
  • ISBN: 9780679722342
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • The pliant protagonist of Italo Svevo s 1923 classic Confessions of Zeno is, among other things, a bumbling businessman, a guilt ridden adulterer, and a hardcore nicotine addict What Zeno Cosini most definitely is not is wordless For the novel is in fact a dense and comically excruciating exercise in self revelation, undertaken by the narrator as part of his psychoanalytThe pliant protagonist of Italo Svevo s 1923 classic Confessions of Zeno is, among other things, a bumbling businessman, a guilt ridden adulterer, and a hardcore nicotine addict What Zeno Cosini most definitely is not is wordless For the novel is in fact a dense and comically excruciating exercise in self revelation, undertaken by the narrator as part of his psychoanalytic treatment Zeno never finds a cure for his affliction, which seems to be a strain of continental angst Yet his reflections remain as audacious as they are exhaustive and, much of the time, masterfully absorbing As we soon discover, Zeno is a master is the convoluted rationalization 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 My resolutions are less drastic and, as I grow older, I become indulgent to my weaknesses, Zeno proclaims early on Later he backpedals even further, confessing that his resolutions existed for their own sake and had no practical results whatever As a last ditch tactic, he transmutes his disappointments into inevitabilities an act of creative bookkeeping that becomes steadily creepier as the narrative unfolds There are times, to be sure, when Zeno seems to grasp that life isn t merely feints and games, that subterfuge and dark motivation aren t the whole of human transaction Yet he always retreats back into his extravagant, consoling fantasies Perhaps that s why Svevo s book still has the power to discomfit Zeno s ingenious whitewashing of an indifferent world feels alarmingly like the fictions we tell ourselves on a daily basis Ben Guterson

    Zeno s Conscience Zeno s Conscience Italian La coscienza di Zeno la ko ntsa di d dz no is a novel by Italian writer Italo Svevo The main character is Zeno Cosini, and the book is the fictional character s memoirs that he keeps at the insistence of his psychiatrist. Confessions of Zeno Italo Jan , 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 is love and goodness incarnate, not by design but by the whims of life Although Svevo wrote many other works, his opus magnum will remain his Confessions of Zeno. Confessions of Zeno Summary Study Guide BookRags Confessions of Zeno Summary Study Guide Italo Svevo This Study Guide consists of approximately pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Confessions of Zeno. The Confessions of Zeno work by Svevo Britannica Other articles where The Confessions of Zeno is discussed Italo Svevo became his most famous novel, La coscienza di Zeno Confessions of Zeno , a brilliant work in the form of a patient s statement for his psychiatrist. Confessions of Zeno Summary eNotes Confessions of Zeno is presented as the protagonist s autobiography, written to further the work he is doing with his psychoanalyst, Dr S If the first section offers fairly superficial Confessions of Zeno Cosini studentshare The Confessions The Confessions A majority of the suspected criminals in most cases are the perpetrators of crime All police officers have the legal responsibility to use whatever means possible to break down a criminal s mental resistance in a way that benefits the law. Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo World of rare Books pages Translated by Beryl De Zoete Eassy by Renato Poggioli Illustrated jacket over grey cloth boards Bright pages with light wear to text block edges Mild rub wear to surfaces and edges with rubbing to spine ends and minor bumps to corners Zeno s Conscience by Italo Svevo Zeno s Conscience is the last of the three novels written by Italo Svevo It was published in and finally brought fame to its author thanks to the support of writers like Valery Larbaud and James Joyce. Confessions of Zeno Book, WorldCat Note Citations are based on reference standards However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. Italo Svevo Confessions of Zeno never looks outside the narrow confines of Trieste, much like Joyce s work, which rarely left Dublin in the last years of Ireland s time as part of the United Kingdom Italo Svevo, Zeno s Conscience Trans William Weaver New York Vintage International, .

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        Aron Ettore Schmitz, better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo, was an Italian businessman and author of novels, plays, and short stories.


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    1. Some novels are not only unique but also inimitable and I’m glad to say that Zeno's Conscience belongs to this extraordinary class of books.“I felt a shudder run through me at the vision of all that acid, but immediately afterwards I had a somewhat happier vision of life: I didn’t like lemons, but if they were to give me the liberty to do what I should do or wanted to do without suffering harm, freeing me from every other restraint, I would consume those countless lemons myself. Complete f [...]


    2. رواية طويلة يكتب فيها السيد زينو مذكراته في محاولة للتخلص من إدمان التدخينالكتابة كنوع من أنواع العلاج والتحليل النفسي بحسب نصيحة الطبيبيحكي عن مراحل حياته,عمله وعلاقاته, ويكشف فيها عن نفسه وأفكاره ويعترف بالأخطاء والأكاذيبيعرض سفيفو رؤية عامة وواقعية للحياة بجمالياتها و [...]


    3. Triest in TriesteAn amazing tour de force of sustained irony, sending up everything from male feelings of superiority to psychoanalysis.It is, I suppose, never easy being a successful businessman; or for that matter even an unsuccessful one. Dealing with the vagaries of commercial life on top of the usual quanta of personal tensions is bound to produce certain idiosyncrasies and, well, 'tics' in a person of taste and discernment. Just look at Donald Trump.What better way to expiate these little [...]


    4. 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. And the reason?, you were in love with Augusta's sister Ada but she didn't fe [...]




    5. 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. It is the narrative of the life of a man living in Trieste at the end of the 19th century and the tumultuous beginning of the 20th. He presents us with all of the details of his foibles, bad decisions and excuses for himself. We meet his father, his wife and her family, and his friends and acquaintances. Often the story moves slowly as we watch the protagonist agoniz [...]


    6. Zeno’s Conscience is fantastic. It’s also very strange. The first and third chapters are ferociously funny, some of the funniest prose I’ve ever read—if nothing else, the casual reader could fly through the first chapter, which hilariously dissects the protagonists addiction to cigarettes and his countless attempts to quit. Yet there’s an intense sadness and despair in other places. (It’s been said that Zeno is almost a prototype for Woody Allen’s cinematic schlemiel persona. I wou [...]


    7. If anything, I suppose this book is the victim of its own reputation. I've heard it praised very highly to me as an 'Italian Proust', which is an unfairly high reputation to live up to.Not to say that the book is bad. The beginning half and last chapter are excellent. The first parts of the book are the bumbling journeys of an awkward businessman. He transcribes his life into a sort of diary to help him deal with his supposed mental illness, and the results are a brilliant piece of solipsistic a [...]


    8. Da escalofríos pensar que La conciencia de Zeno (1923) no habría visto la luz si James Joyce, profesor de inglés y gran amigo de Italo Svevo, no hubiese creído en el inmenso talento de su discípulo e insistiese en que siguiese escribiendo a pesar de la fría acogida que cosecharon sus dos obras anteriores. Sin duda, merece la pena leerla aunque sólo sea por las dos últimas y contundentes páginas, donde hace un despliegue de cargos contra el mayor predador de la tierra: el ser humano. Sus [...]


    9. This book took me an obscene amount of time to finish. I am tempted to rattle off excuses, my various ineptitudes and the inumerable distractions that kept the book on the floor so many days. But I won't. They are unworthy of the time it would take to type them. I read the first three sections of this book quickly (compared to the hobbling-with-cane rate I read the rest). Zeno Cosini's neuroticisms about cigarettes, love, and women were highly amusing. The chapter about his father's death was to [...]


    10. I knew zeta about this author or his book until very recently when I saw its’ title on a site involved with world literature.Generally, when I finish a book I look for a quick online biography of its’ author. It was written by a businessman who, with his own money, self-published it in Italy in the early part of the twentieth century.It was received scanty but the demand for the work increased when his friend, a Mr. James Joyce, affixed it with his imprimatur.‘Zeno’s’ is a well written [...]


    11. 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 narcissistJust now the latter seems to clarify my current feelings towards this novel, but I get the feeling I will come back to this when I'm older, simply because it is a novel about one man's recollections of his life. Again, however, Italo Svevo writes some fine sentences.


    12. Zeno's Conscience became an immediate favorite of mine. Zeno is witty, self-deprecating, sly, ironically ignorant of himself, but at glimpses he is a man of self-reflecting genius. Zeno and Leopold Bloom share their origins in Svevo himself, and the classical "everyman" is well-crafted in both of them, in Zeno in particular is the "lovable fool" which seems to have a tradition in Italian modern literature (notably Calvino's Marcovaldo and Palomar). The novel's premise is the self-narrated story [...]


    13. Zeno, ao chegar à velhice e na tentativa de deixar de fumar, decide consultar um psicólogo que, como terapia, o aconselha a escrever a história da sua vida. Uma vida normal, de um homem com muitos defeitos e poucas qualidades: é egoísta; hipocondríaco; não tem muito interesse em estudar, ou trabalhar; casa com uma mulher que não ama e é-lhe infiel a vida inteira; é pouco afectuoso com a família, chegando a aborrecer-se com o choro dos filhos e com a doença do pai. Enfim, uma criatura [...]


    14. Ho impiegato quasi due mesi per leggere questo libro. E per la prima volta ho letto più libri contemporaneamente. Mai avevo abbandonato la lettura di un libro per poi riprenderla a tappe successive. E noto che non è un comportamento singolare il mio. Svevo fornisce il ritratto esatto di quel periodo e dell'animo umano pur servendosi del peggior protagonista possibile. Non un eroe, non un criminale ma un piccolo borghese con i suoi vizi e le sue vicende a dir poco tediose. E' la noia il minimo [...]


    15. A friend on GR's brought this to my attention. It wasn't a novel I'd previously come across. 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. Zeno was an unreliable narrator, however it was his story to tell and to psychoanalyse.Having said that Zeno did grow on me and I quite enjoyed reading his thoughts and seeing life through Zeno's eyes.Thoroughly [...]


    16. Pur riconoscendo il valore letterario di quest'opera ammetto di aver faticato non poco a tenere alto il livello di concentrazione in certi passaggi. Sono convinta che se invece di ascoltare un audiolibro (letto oltretutto dal bravissimo Dario Penne), ne avessi letto l'edizione scritta avrei trovato ancora più difficoltà. La trama è ben strutturata e lo stile di Svevo interessante e ricco (forse troppo), ma ho trovato Zeno un personaggio difficilmente tollerabile e per lo più tediose la maggi [...]


    17. الكاتب والكتابالروائي المجهولولد آرون هكتور شميتس (Aron Hector Schmitz) في تريستاTrieste ، سادس إخوته الثمانية، في التاسع عشر كانون الأول عام 1861، من والد يهودي نمساوي يدعى فرانس، ووالدة يهودية إيطالية اسمها أليغرا مورافيا. وكان والده تاجراً ثرياً، أرسل أولاده إلى ألمانيا ليتعلموا اللغ [...]


    18. msarki.tumblr/post/1448697Of course there was much less to read back in the time of James Joyce when he claimed this novel a masterpiece. I suppose its thoughtful cleverness and neuroticism sufficiently entertained this literary icon. But its subject was to provide only a guarded level of interest enough to sustain my own reading for nearly half of it. The opening psychoanalytical concept presented as a doctor’s orders for Zeno to write his memoirs as a form of therapy, and the opening threat [...]


    19. Zeno Cosini era un invidioso?La Coscienza di Zeno di Italo Svevo declina tanti temi e quello dell'invidia non è proprio il tema principale del libro!Le tematiche principali vertono sulla malattia dell'uomo contemporaneo, la nevrosi, e sull'impossibilità di una guarigione, il tutto, ovviamente, in prospettiva psicoanalitica, ma l'invidia è interessante perché il protagonista vive questo sentimento nel modo più comune alle persone, infatti, non è roso dall'invidia e non la esplicita mai.Per [...]


    20. I was completely taken aback by how funny this was. Recommendations from Jameses - Joyce and Woods - coupled with its lengthiness, led me to believe this book would be a heavy, somber, read. 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. Occasionally, Svevo can tend to verbosity, dragging out a series of guilty recrim [...]


    21. net ve sade anlatılan olaylar ile araya serpiştirilen aforizmalardan mütevellit kitabın çok da yüksek bir okuma zevki sunmadığı kanaatindeyim. yani benim kanaatim tabi öznel nacizane


    22. احترت في تقييم هذه الرواية التي لم أشعر بالملل أثناء قراءتها على الإطلاق أعجبتني شخصية بطل الرواية " زينو " الذي يخضع للعلاج النفسي بواسطة الكتابة و استرجاع الذكريات ، الصور ، المواقف و الأحلام على طريقة فرويد في التحليل النفسي أجد بأن إيتالو سڤيڤو أبدع في خلق هذه الشخصية [...]


    23. I read Zeno's Conscience because I saw it on a 2002 list of the 100 greatest works of literature compiled by the Norwegian Book Clubs with the help of 100 authors from around the world and wanted to take a look at it. After a few pages, I was hooked. It purports to be a diary that was written for a psychiatrist, and which the psychiatrist has published for his own benefit rather than for the hero/narrator, Zeno Cosini, a well-to-do businessman of moderate talent in the city of Trieste, then unde [...]


    24. This is a fascinating book which has a lot working against it (old views, old contexts lending themselves to some unfortunate views like sexism, light racism, etc) but, like an able dialectic, these only serve to augment this book's positives.The story of Zeno and his battle with, essentially, himself and his litany of neurotic obsessions (and how this is reflected by and caused by and a cause of his external circumstances) is one that is uniquely, and enjoyably maddening. Though not always funn [...]


    25. Questo è uno di quei libri che vengono studiati a scuola, durante l'ultimo anno, ed è proprio in quel periodo che ne venni a conoscenza e ho sin da subito desiderato leggerlo. Tutto ha inizio con la celeberrima Premessa del dottor S, il quale, quasi per fare un dispetto al suo paziente Zeno Cosini che ha interrotto di sua volontà la terapia di psico-analisi cui era stato sottoposto dal dottore su menzionato, decide di pubblicare il "diario" in cui Zeno ha raccolto i suoi pensieri, sempre sott [...]


    26. Ho letto La Coscienza di Zeno in italiano un decennio fa. Può essere il miglior libro su un fumatore compulsivo, e mi ha fatto venire voglia di visitare Trieste. Naturalmente, Joyce imparato molto, e accreditato Svevo. Joyce insegnava inglese e italiano in fondo alla strada da Svevo a Trieste; Joyce aveva provato meglio italiano che su English - secondo gli esaminatori italiani.I read The Conscience of Zeno in Italian a decade ago. It may be the best book of a compulsive smoker, and made me wan [...]


    27. تمنيت أن الكاتب سخّر وقته لشيء ثمين آخر غير كتابة هذه الرواية وتمنيت أن دار أثر لم تبالغ بوصف هذه الرواية "أحد الأعمال الخالدة في المكتبة العالمية" الرواية مملة بشكل غريب تشعر وكأنك تقرأ أول رواية لكاتب مغمور


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