Zeno's Conscience

Zeno's Conscience☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Zeno's Conscience By Italo Svevo ✓ – Heartforum.co.uk 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 conduct 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 one 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 irony, and a perspicacity at once unblinking and compassionate, Zeno s Conscienceis a miracle of psychological realism.

Aron Hector Schmitz, better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo was an Italian writer, businessman, novelist, playwright, and short story writerA close friend of Irish novelist and poet James Joyce, Svevo was considered a pioneer of the psychological novel in Italy and is best known for his classic modernist novel La coscienza di Zeno , a work that had a profound effect on the movement.

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    Paperback ì Zeno's Conscience PDF Ä The mind in question belongs to one 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 irony, and a perspicacity at once unblinking and compassionate, Zeno s Conscienceis a miracle of psychological realism."/>
  • Paperback
  • 437 pages
  • Zeno's Conscience
  • Italo Svevo
  • English
  • 04 October 2017
  • 0375727760

10 thoughts on “Zeno's Conscience

  1. Ilse says:

    A Dead Honest Liar Now Sunday arrived I, who work so little, retained always a great respect for the holiday, which divides life into brief periods, making ittolerable. On his psychiatrist s request, Zeno Cosini, a businessman from Trieste, describes six episodes in his life, self analysing his actions, feelings and motives ostensibly dead honest Zeno is a champion of good intentions and crooked reasoning All his plans fail miserably he doesn t manage to stop smoking, when choosing amon A Dead Honest Liar Now Sunday arrived I, who work so little, retained always a great respect for the holiday, which divides life into brief periods, making ittolerable. On his psychiatrist s request, Zeno Cosini, a businessman from Trieste, describes six episodes in his life, self analysing his actions, feelings and motives ostensibly dead honest Zeno is a champion of good intentions and crooked reasoning All his plans fail miserably he doesn t manage to stop smoking, when choosing among four sisters he marries just the one he doesn t want to marry, he loses his mistress by complicated lies, drives his business partner to despair, turns out to follow the wrong funeral procession Zeno is an antihero, a schlemiel, an eccentric hypochondriac, but with his sublime self mockery he condones his mistakes and weaknesses so disarmingly that I caught myself on almost every page on a lenient smile Egon Schiele, Harbor of Trieste, 1907However it took me some time to attune to the rather slow pace of the novel, in the end I came to mostly enjoy Zeno s tragicomic interior monologue which includes some satirical nods to Freud and looking back on it, I still dream of visiting Trieste sometime Egon Schiele, Harbor of Trieste, 1908Ofschoon ik bitter weinig werk heb ik toch altijd een grote eerbied behouden voor de rustdag, die het leven in kleine periodes onderverdeelt en het zodoende dragelijker maakt In opdracht van zijn psychiater beschrijft Zeno Cosini, zakenman uit Tri st, zes episoden uit zijn leven Hij analyseert goudeerlijk zijn handelingen, gevoelens en motieven Zeno is kampioen in goede voornemens en kromme redeneringen Al zijn plannen mislukken jammerlijk hij slaagt er niet in te stoppen met roken, kiest onder vier zussen net diegene tot vrouw die hij niet wil, verliest door gecompliceerde leugens zijn minnares, drijft zijn zakenpartner tot wanhoop, volgt de verkeerde begrafenisstoet Zeno is een antiheld, een schlemiel met sublieme zelfspot, een excentrieke hypochonder, maar hij vergoelijkt zijn fouten en zwakheden z ontwapenend, dat je jezelf bij zowat elke pagina op een toegeeflijke glimlach betrapt Een tragikomische monologue int rieur met een satirische knipoog naar Freud

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    La coscienza di Zeno Zeno s Conscience Confessions of Zeno, Italo SvevoZeno s Conscience, 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 Throughout the novel, we learn about his father, his business, his wife, and his tobacco habit The novel was self published in 1923 The original English translation was published under the title Confessions of Zeno La coscienza di Zeno Zeno s Conscience Confessions of Zeno, Italo SvevoZeno s Conscience, 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 Throughout the novel, we learn about his father, his business, his wife, and his tobacco habit The novel was self published in 1923 The original English translation was published under the title Confessions of Zeno 1986 1363 466 1383 1397 9786229942604 531 20 18 03 1399

  3. Vit Babenco says:

    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 freedom 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 freedom consists of being able to do what you like, provided you also do something you like less True slavery is being condemned to abstinence Tantalus, not Hercules Zeno is a huge soap bubble blown up with smugness he has no will and goes where the wind carries him so he just keeps dodging and swerving in order not to burst The outside world is reflected in his consciousness in bright and iridescent colours but this reflection is absolutely distorted Late one night I had come home and, rather than go to bed, I had entered my little study and turned on the gas In the light a fly began to torment me I managed to give it a tap a light one, however, to avoid soiling my hand I forgot about it, but then I saw it in the center of the table as it was coming to It was motionless, erect, and it seemed taller than before, because one of its little legs was paralyzed and couldn t bend With its two hind legs it assiduously smoothed its wings It tried to move, but turned over on its back It righted itself and stubbornly resumed its assiduous task Zeno is like this fly he is tormented by both reality and imagination He is beaten, he is in the blind alley, he feels ill, he fills moribund, he suffers from hypochondria so he decides that he must be healed with psychoanalysis Natural law does not entitle us to happiness, but rather it prescribes wretchedness and sorrow When something edible is left exposed, from all directions parasites come running, and if there are no parasites, they are quickly generated Soon the prey is barely sufficient, and immediately afterwards it no longer suffices at all, for nature doesn t do sums, she experiments But he manages to convalesce only when he is forced to face the real life and becomes bold enough to use his willpower How often we think that we live but actually we are just being blown by the wind

  4. Steven Godin says:

    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 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 feel the same way about you, and would end up being charmed by Guido while he played the violin and they would go on and tie the knot Another issue was Guido who you secretly despised for winning over Ada, would become your business partner where things did not exactly go according to plan, after financial difficulties Guido would take drastic measures that would leave you in limbo Your psychoanalyst thinks your memoirs are a good source of therapy and would help with your neuroses, what would he know Looking back on the events concerning the death of your father, marriage, career and the feeble way in which you tried to give up smoking because you just could not resist that so called last cigarette it was a complete joy reading about your history, and Italo Svevo has done a wonderful job in telling your tale, with exquisite writing and some memorable moments that were most charming and often humorous Ok I have to admit it felt like trying to tame a wild horse at first, but with time and patience things were soon pacified and I had a great reading experience 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 Now where did I leave that ashtray

  5. BlackOxford says:

    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 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 personality defects than a sort of literary therapy Write it all down so it becomes visible, conscious, and therefore subject to the will Again, let Trump be our guide.Ah, if it were only that straightforward One s life is just so.intractable, implacable One feels like one is in the midst of aor less permanent sigh Without Twitter it was of course infeasible to be fully virile in Trieste of the 1920 s And that s not even considering the possibility of man flu

  6. Lisa says:

    I love this novel so much The main character is not particularly likeable, and the plot is as dull as a regular neurotic life confession can be, so what is there to love, really It is the perfect mix of self delusion and honesty that is the curse of most people who try to think and reflect on their actions and habits, only to be tricked by their thoughts and habits over and over again Do we own our thoughts, or do they own us Hard to tell, I think and my thoughts immediately pick up on that a I love this novel so much The main character is not particularly likeable, and the plot is as dull as a regular neurotic life confession can be, so what is there to love, really It is the perfect mix of self delusion and honesty that is the curse of most people who try to think and reflect on their actions and habits, only to be tricked by their thoughts and habits over and over again Do we own our thoughts, or do they own us Hard to tell, I think and my thoughts immediately pick up on that and spin a thread.Quitting smoking can be a satisfying task for a lifetime if you realise that smoking the last cigarette is a pleasure you can t resist

  7. Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Best book ever about quitting smoking Absolutely brilliant prose and excellent characters

  8. AMEERA & says:

    i never read something boring like this before doesn t have any subject or story on it just wasting your time

  9. ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos) says:

    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 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 agonize over simple decisions and, almost inevitably, make a hurried, rash decision Often these decisions are quickly discarded Other times, the action moves on quickly, out of the protagonist s control He, along with the reader, must suffer the consequences, I did not find it easy to read this book Italo Svevo has given us a character in his protagonist, Zeno, who is often erratic, detestable and self centred It would be nice to be able to say that Zeno is, despite his faults, still loveable I greatly disliked this character His first person narrative was that of a person whom I would not like to know I often put the book aside but I always came back to it Despite all of my frustrations, I needed to discover what the outcome of Zeno s dishonesty, muddled thinking, self centredness, selfishness, manipulating, rationalizing and irresponsibility would be The ending is at once surprising and consistent with the character Zeno manages to redeem himself I enjoyed the pastiche of psychoanalysis which was extremely popular at the time this book was published in 1923 There is also a great deal of social commentary and a wonderful sense of Trieste before the Great War The writing is wonderful and I am really impressed with the translation

  10. Nick says:

    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 would add that th 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 would add that there s a healthy dose of Interiors amongst the Sleeper slapstick and Manhattan angst The pacing is also uneven There is no plot to speak of and therefore no thrust after the first three chapters, the book seems to slow down almost to a crawl However, what keeps you going in spite of this aimlessness is both the humor and the psychological insight into the characters.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 The book is told in first person narration but by taking the form of confessions to a psycho analyst, the accuracy of the biography falters and the text becomes riddled with lies.These aren t just your ordinary, bold faced lies These are the subtle, familiar lies, the lies we tell ourselves to feel better about who we are, to justify our actions, to give us the confidence to go through things for which we wouldn t ordinarily have the strength, to convince ourselves we feel the opposite of how we really feel And while Zeno admits to lying quite often, he also does not realize that he s lyingthan he thinks he is He can t help it He is a weak, weak character constantly thwarted by his lack of will and curious inclination to self sabotage in everything he attempts to do, he almost always achieves the opposite result, not because of outside influences but because of his very own actions Yet despite Zeno s farcical extremes, he appears simultaneously as a very real person Who hasn t visualized goals to the point where they seem somehow already accomplished yet fails miserably to achieve them in the face of reality And who wouldn t try to protect his ego from a constant assault of failures and unrequited desires by fudging the truth slightly Zeno is a petty, neurotic bourgeois idiot but his foibles are familiar I would say that this book should bepopular but actually it is In Italy, this book is required reading in some schools Yet the unorthodox genre, lack of plot, and length are legitimate obstacles to awidespread audience If Svevo had trimmed about a hundred pages from the latter half of the book, his masterpiece now might be as popular and well known in America as Ulysses, whose main character, Leopold Bloom, was perhaps inspired by a certain Italian Jew whom Joyce tutored while visiting the Austrian town of Trieste Those last two conjectures can be left to the Svevo scholars For the readers, there are the comic pleasures and unsettling truths of Zeno s Conscience

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