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La coscienza di Zeno

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Scritto fra il 1919 e il 1922, pubblicato nel 1923, La coscienza di Zeno è uno dei romanzi che fondano in Italia la civiltà letteraria del Novecento. Straordinario alter ego di Italo Svevo, Zeno Cosini è un "nevrastenico" (così lo definì uno dei suoi primi estimatori, il grande critico francese Benjamin Crémieux) che stende le sue memorie per obbligo terapeutico, secondo l ...more
Hardcover, La biblioteca di Repubblica - Novecento #12, 384 pages
Published April 4th 2002 by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso (first published 1923)
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Vit Babenco
Feb 12, 2017 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
i never read something boring like this before doesn't have any subject or story on it just wasting your time
Best book ever about quitting smoking! Absolutely brilliant prose and excellent characters!
Sep 29, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Steven  Godin
Apr 12, 2016 Steven Godin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction, italiano
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Hadrian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian, fiction
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
May 22, 2016 BlackOxford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Triest in Trieste

An 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
Feb 20, 2013 RK-ique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Nora Dillonovich
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
Sean Wilson
Oct 14, 2015 Sean Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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...

Just 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.
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 ...more
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 maggior p
Apr 15, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: A quem gosta de rir do que não é para rir...
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 detestável. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 david rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fiction a
M. Sarki

Of 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 ope
Josh Friedlander
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 ...more
Yair Ben-Zvi
Jul 28, 2015 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2014 Emanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesmo antes de o romance começar o leitor é alertado por uma pequena nota introdutória. Nota onde o Doutor S. avisa que Zeno decidiu abandonar o tratamento. Assim decidiu publicar a autobiografia que pedira para o doente redigir, e ainda promete, se Zeno regressar está capaz de dividir os lucros da publicação com ele.
Depois desta nota introdutória viajamos pelas memórias do doente em seis capítulos que se objectivam em áreas distintas da sua vida. Zeno desde logo não se preocupa muito com o rum
Quarantadue Larisposta
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 chi no
Fernando Jimenez
La novela es puente entre el realismo del XIX y la vanguardia del XX, entre el mundo austrohúngaro y burgués que estalla al final con el psicoanálisis como detonante y la italianidad sarcástica que le da impulso. Una cumbre narrativa que inaugura Trieste como ciudad literaria.
Nov 08, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century-lit
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 ...more
Nov 26, 2015 Sinem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Nora Barnacle
Jun 02, 2016 Nora Barnacle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovo je, iznad svega, izuzetno suptilna knjiga. Suptilan humor, suptilna i ironija, sve linearno i ravno, bez parabola i kulminacija. Svašta bi iz ovog romana moglo da se istrese, i meni je gotovo sve interesantno.

Najpre, Džojsu hvala što sam ja sad ovo čitala, jer, da su se pitali kritičari, Zvevovi savremenici, teško da bi tu imalo nečega vrednog pažnje. Najviše su mu, koliko sam shvatila, zamerali loš jezik, tj. tršćanski dijalekt koji se, na žalost, u prevodu ne vidi - makar ga ja videla nisa
Is death the cure for life or is it merely an incurable disease?
Silvia Sirea
Mar 27, 2015 Silvia Sirea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sotto i
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الروائي المجهول
ولد 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 اللغة وأصول التجارة كي يساعدوه في المستقبل. لكن هكتور ما إن أتقن الألمانية – إلى جانب إتقانه للفرنسية، والإيطالية من قبل – حتى انكبّ على قراءة غوته وشيلر وأدباء القارة وفلاسفتها، وأهمل دراسته التجارية ليكتب القصص القص
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 09, 2011 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
"A differenza delle altre malattie la vita è sempre mortale. Non sopporta cure."

Solitamente, valuto i libri che leggo in modo prevalentemente soggettivo, vale a dire a seconda di quanto la storia mi abbia coinvolta, quanto i personaggi mi abbiano conquistato, fino a che punto la penna dell'autore/autrice sia riuscita a toccare le mie corde. L'analisi oggettiva del testo preferisco lasciarla ai critici; quando io parlo di libri cerco di farlo con raziocinio e buon senso, senza dubbio, ma sopra og
May 31, 2012 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Crear un personaje creíble es lo más difícil que puede hacer un escritor. Dotar de personalidad, pequeñas grandezas y grandes miserias para que las líneas vayan más allá y parezcan contar una persona real está fuera del alcance de casi todos.

Gracias a mi buen amigo Miquel he conocido a Italo Svevo y a su muy humano Zeno, que con él supera a casi todos.

¿Para qué hablar del neúrotico, culpable, débil y buen Zeno? ¿Por qué una vida tan vulgar, aburrida es tan fascinante? Porque en literatura hay u
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I prefer its alternative title: "The Confessions of Zeno." A fictional character named Zeno--rich, a hypochondriac and a solipsist--writes his autobiography, goaded on by a doctor doing psychoanalysis on him. He talks about his attempts to stop smoking, his father's death, his marriage, wife, mistress and his business partnership with his brother-in-law who later dies while attempting to stage his second fake suicide. Divided into six(6) main chapters, its starts strongly and had it been ended a ...more
A Storm of Words
Un romanzo che andava letto. Anche solo per prendermi una rivincita contro l'analisi del testo che uscì l'estate del mio esame di maturità che era sull'amato/odiato Zeno Cosini.
Perchè Zeno è un personaggio in cui tutti più o meno possono riconoscersi, ha una sfilza di difetti su cui può blaterare per ore e ore. Fuma a dismisura e prova a smettere aggrappandosi alla fatalità facendo coincidere l'ultima sigaretta a questo o quel cataclisma emotivo, la prima volta che si innamora seriamente perde l
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Around the Year i...: Zeno's Conscience, by Italo Svevo 1 17 Mar 24, 2016 06:49AM  
  • History
  • The Moon and the Bonfire
  • That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
  • The Late Mattia Pascal
  • I Malavoglia
  • Canti
  • The Viceroys
  • To Each His Own
  • The Time of Indifference
  • Il partigiano Johnny
  • La ragazza di Bube
  • Fontamara
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year
  • The Ragazzi
  • Conversations in Sicily
  • بوستان سعدی
  • Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis
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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