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La coscienza di Zeno

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,202 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
Nella prefazione del libro il sedicente psicanalista Dottor S. dichiara che vuole pubblicare "per vendetta" alcune memorie, redatte in forma autobiografica di un suo paziente, Zeno Cosini, che si è sottratto alla cura. Gli appunti dell'ex-paziente costituiscono il contenuto del libro.

Il romanzo non è altro che l'analisi della psicologia di Zeno, un individuo che si sente "
Published December 14th 2011 by Castello Volante (first published 1923)
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Dec 08, 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
MJ Nicholls
Despite the prominent pack of fags on this cover, Zeno’s Conscience is not preoccupied with the art of pretending to quit smoking (the opening sections are amusing on the topic), but more on the vicissitudes of a neurotic man’s life, from the loss of his marriage, the courtship of his wife, to his business activities, in poetical and often philosophical novella-length chapters. A rambling and charming novel, captivating and amusing and irritating in equal measures, Zeno’s voice will triumph over ...more
Jul 04, 2014 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
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 palabras ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
The mention of James Joyce and Kafka in the Goodreads’ description is a kind of throw off – Joyce was author’s tutor alright but both Kafka and Joyce is supposed to be difficult-to-read authors. Italo Svevo presents no such problem; it is actually one of most humorous book I have read in some time. Zeno’s Conscience is a straight forward story – correction, confessions of a man not in any way special. He has his issues – is an extreme smoker, jealous, pervert, infidel, indecisive, hypochondriac, ...more
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
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
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.
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
Jun 25, 2015 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
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
Yair Ben-Zvi
Jan 30, 2016 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
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
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
Dec 09, 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...
Silvia Sirea
Apr 02, 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
Nora Barnacle
Jun 20, 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
Nov 13, 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
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
Maria Pallozzi
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
Jun 23, 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
Apr 27, 2009 Lavinia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
2 stars and a half. A bit too praised and overrated for what it's worth, imho. Everybody says it's OMG funny. It is humoresque, indeed, but not haha funny; rather oh, come on! funny, if that means anything to anybody. I'm sure happy I bought it 6 times cheaper than its original price.
Speaking of psychoanalysis, (which the far-too-long-for-my-taste-novel is supposed to be about, among other things), Zeno is neither crazy nor a genius. And if he's neurotic, well then all of us are. We all struggle
Libro preferito della mia migliore amica d'infanzia,La Coscienza di Zeno mi ha lasciata interdetta. Svevo non si é fatto per niente amare, e nemmeno Zeno. Iniziato una prima volta e abbandonato dopo un capitolo appena (IO che abbandono un libro? Questo é grave . ) l'ho ripreso una seconda volta,per poi riabbandonarlo al quarto. Finito al terzo tentativo,dopo essermi scervellata ed annoiata al cospetto dei piccoli e mediocri drammi borghesi perbenino di Zeno,disgustata dalla sua mania di segnare ...more
May 21, 2016 Elvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
''İnsanların bugüne kadar hayattan beklentileri üzerine kafa yormamız, bu hayatın içine yanlışlıkla dahil edildiğimiz ve aslında buraya ait olmadığımız sonucuna varabilmek için fazlasıyla yeterliydi.''
Muauia Alabdulmagid
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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
Jan 01, 2013 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
Nov 19, 2014 SCARABOOKS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo lessi la prima volta proprio l'anno della maturità e fu per tanti motivi una sorta di lettura-passaporto. Lo è, in effetti. E’ un romanzo che a suo tempo contribuì a sdoganare e a dare diritto e dignità di cittadinanza interiore, prim’ancora che letteraria, a tutto uno scenario e a un dialogo mentali di cui, nella solitudine, nell’ignoranza pre-freudiana e specie nell'adolescenza, invece ci si vergognava. Come di una anomalia individuale, come una malattia, appunto; quella a cui Zeno si ribel ...more
Nicholas During
Jul 08, 2013 Nicholas During rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding it hard to find the time to write reviews for all the books, but am determined to try.

And I'm thrilled to return to it for this book, because I really empathize with Zeno, the hero of this book (does this make me a bad reader? If so, so fucking what). He's a loser, he's weak, he's bad at his job, he doesn't get the girls he wants, but he muddles through the life the best way he can, and even if he often, in fact mostly, fails, he wants to be a good person, he tries to make the right deci
eleonora -
Jul 17, 2011 eleonora - rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, italiani, 2010
Inizialmente questo libro mi è piaciuto. Arrivata al lunghissimo e terribilmente noioso capitolo di più di 100 pagine sull'attività commerciale penso che l'avrei buttato nella libreria senza più aprirlo, se non fosse stato che dovevo leggerlo per scuola. Fortunatamente c'era l'obbligo scolastico a tenermici legata, perché altrimenti non avrei provato la splendida sensazione di attaccarmici come una patella allo scoglio nelle ultime pagine.
Sopravvivete alle noiosissime pagine su una fallimentare
Nov 13, 2014 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
یک رمان روانکاوانهی دوستداشتنی. ایتالیاییها ایرانیترین اروپاییهان و تو همین رمان هم میشه دید که چقدر خلق و خوشون مثل ماست. اسووو تکنیک خاصی برای تعریف کردن داستانش نداره. توی چند بخش، اول از کودکیش میگه، بعد از عشق و ازدواج، و بعد هم از کار و تجارت. خود نویسنده هم مشخص هست که موقع نوشتن فصلهای یک و سه با شوق و ذوق این کار رو کرده. به تبع خواننده هم موقع خوندن این فصلها شوق و ذوق رو حس میکنه و لذت میبره.

اما چیزی که توی رمان برام جالب بود دقیقا همون چیزی بود که تو خوندن زندگینامهها توجهم رو جلب م
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Around the Year i...: Zeno's Conscience, by Italo Svevo 1 12 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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