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Italo Svevo

Italo Svevo

 Italo Svevo

Real name Ettore Schmitz, Italo Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861. Having completed his studies in Trieste and Germany, Svevo soon realised his passion for literature and it was this passion that led him to publish his first novel "Una vita" at his own expense and to no success. In 1898 he published "Senilità", the story of a deeply unhappy, procrastinating man who is unable to face reality and in which Svevo reveals the many complex strands of the human psyche. When this latter novel did not gain attention, Svevo stopped publishing for 25 years. It wasn't until he met James Joyce, who expressed great admiration for his work and was instrumental in bringing Svevo's writing to the attention of the public, that he received critical acclaim. Svevo's last and most famous novel, "La coscienza di Zeno" was started in 1919 and published in 1923. Showing Svevo's interest in the theories of Freud, the novel is a humorous autobiography of a young man who asks his psychoanalyst to find the origin of his smoking habit. Again, it was not until it was translated and published in France that it was hailed as a masterwork.

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Italian : Graded Readers

Adolescent/Adult

Letture Graduate per Stranieri

A series of well-known works of Italian literature have been simplified and supported by footnotes and illustrations to aid comprehension and to help make learning vocabulary easier. There are also a ...

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037983 La buonissima madre £11.95
 

Young Adult ELI Readers - Italian

A series of beautifully illustrated literary classics, specially adapted for language learners. Each book comes with an audio recording of the text, read by a native speaker, provided either on CD (an...

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049286 La coscienza di Zeno + downloadable audio £10.75
 

Italian : Annotated Texts

Classici italiani Otto-Novecento

An excellent series consisting of well-known 18th and 19th century Italian novels. Each book is complete and unabridged and includes notes in order to facilitate reading and understanding....

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032522 La coscienza di Zeno £13.50
 

Italian : Classics/Modern Classics

055468 As a man grows older £9.99
 
153360 Confessions of Zeno (riverrun editions) £8.99
 
055562 Zeno's Conscience £12.99
 
130313 Zeno's conscience £12.99
 
034105 La coscienza di Zeno £13.50
 
038426 La coscienza di Zeno £11.75
 
136770 La coscienza di Zeno £4.65
 
036341 Senilità £9.00
 
030719 Senilità £9.95
 
036446 Una burla riuscita £8.35
 

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