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La coscienza di Zeno

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  11,422 Ratings  ·  528 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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Vit Babenco
Feb 12, 2017 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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية طويلة يكتب فيها السيد زينو مذكراته في محاولة للتخلص من إدمان التدخين
الكتابة كنوع من أنواع العلاج والتحليل النفسي بحسب نصيحة الطبيب
يحكي عن مراحل حياته,عمله وعلاقاته, ويكشف فيها عن نفسه وأفكاره ويعترف بالأخطاء والأكاذيب
يعرض سفيفو رؤية عامة وواقعية للحياة بجمالياتها وآلامها, بأسلوب جميل يجمع بين الجد والسخرية
الترجمة سلسة لكن السرد متفاوت ما بين المتعة والملل أحيانا بسبب الإطالة
May 22, 2016 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
Steven  Godin
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
i never read something boring like this before doesn't have any subject or story on it just wasting your time
Michael Finocchiaro
Best book ever about quitting smoking! Absolutely brilliant prose and excellent characters!
Feb 20, 2013 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
Sep 29, 2008 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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italian
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
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
Οδυσσέας Μουζίλης
Εθιστικό και απολαυστικότατο!
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
Buğra Aydoğan
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuması oldukça eğlenceli, şaşkınlıktan titretecek kadar da gerçekçi ruh çözümlemelerine sahip bir hastalık romanı. Büyük bir kısmı kamu spotu tadındaki Sigara Tiryakiliği ve Psikanaliz gibi iki müthiş bölüm arasında sıkışıp kalmış sanki. Bu sıkışıklık sıkıcı olmasından değil aksine Zeno'nun her seferinde yüzsüzlüğe varan bir rahatlıkla hareket etmesi, aralara bırakılan okurken nabız yükselten aforizmaların, inanılmaz ruhsal çözümlemelerin oluşturduğu tekdüzelikten kaynaklanıyor. Bu da Zeno'nun ...more
Jan 02, 2017 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
Sean Wilson
Oct 14, 2015 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.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Teresa Proença
Apr 15, 2014 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 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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 co ...more
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.

Sara Ⓥ
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
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
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zeno è tutti noi.
E Svevo non è mai stato così grande.
Uno dei grandi romanzi italiani di sempre, uno dei pochi.
Immagino che lo leggerò una quarta volta, è piacere puro.
Muauia Alabdulmagid
الكاتب والكتاب

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
Katia N
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a poignant and funny novel. Zeno is self-centred and neurotic narrator. He is not extremely successful in any of his endeavours, but he does not lose his heart. His sense of humour is self-deprecating. It reminded me Woody Allen or Gary Shteyngart. The novel is overall feels remarkably fresh for a book written 100 years ago. But it also recreates the epoch and the sense of place quite well. There were episodes when it made me laugh loud. Some younger modern and sensitive readers might find ...more
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
Sinem A.
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...
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Jul 18, 2014
hanan al-herbish al-herbish
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 المركبة ، المتناقضة ، المشتتة .. و التي تبدو رائعة و منسجمة في الوقت ذاته ..

بإختصار أحببت الرواية .. و أحببت ترجمة الرائع معاوية عبدالمجيد ..
Yazeed AlMogren
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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