As a Man Grows Older
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As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
Book DescriptionNot so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author. Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty. He gains a new lease on life, though, when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angiolina-except that his angel just happens to be an unapologetic cheat. But what begins as a comedy of infatuated misunderstanding ends in tragedy, as Emilio's jealous persistence in his folly-against his friends' and devoted sister's advice, and even his own best knowledge-leads to the loss of the one person who, too late, he realizes he truly loves. Marked by deep humanity and earthy humor, by psychological insight and an elegant simplicity of style, As a Man Grows Older (Senilita, in Italian; the English title was the suggestion of Svevo's great friend and admirer, James Joyce) is a brilliant study of hopeless love and hapless indecision. It is a masterwork of Italian literature, here beautifully rendered into English in Beryl de Zoete's classic translation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780940322844
(203mm x 127mm x 126mm)
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Italo Svevo
Life, Paperback (November 2006)
A tale of the frustrated existence of a bank clerk with a poetic soul. The artistic aspirations of the protagonist and the emptiness of his daily life become tragic in the great divide between what he wants and what he actually has and gets. Alfonso the bank clerk wants to be a poet and seems to be falling in love with Annetta.
Zeno's Conscience, Paperback (September 2002)
A saga of a family and an account of addiction and failure as its helpless hero, notionally undergoing psychiatric help, manages spectacularly to fail to give up smoking, run his business or make sense of his private life.
Emilio's Carnival, Paperback (October 2001)
In this novel, Svevo tells the story of the amorous entanglement of Emilio, a failed writer already old at 35, and Angiolina, a seductively beautiful but promiscuous young woman. A study in jealousy and self torment, the novel is suffused with a tragic sense of existence.
Confessions, Hardback (March 2001)» View all books by Italo Svevo
Illustrated with vivid portraits of friends, family, colleagues and enemies, this book provides an account of the passage from a life of sensuality and superstition to a genuine spiritual awakening. It is narrative of one man's religious journey which continues to shape the way we write and behave today.
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Author Biography - Italo Svevo
Italo Svevo (1861-1928), whose given name was Ettore Schmitz, was born in Trieste into a Jewish family of Italian and German descent-as his pseudonym reflects. Svevo published two novels in the 1890s, A Life and As a Man Grows Older, but after they were dismissed by critics and ignored by the public, he abandoned literature and went to work in his father-in-law's paint business. He returned to writing only after the young man whom he had hired to tutor him in English, James Joyce, asked to see his novels and expressed admiration for them. With Joyce's support, he published The Confessions of Zeno in 1923 to international acclaim. Svevo had finished a new book (The Tale of the Good Old Man and of the Lovely Young Girl) and was at work on another when he was killed in a car crash in 1928. James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published three books of poetry-A Jump Start, Woman Police Officer in Elevator, and Landscape with Chainsaw-and three collections of short stories, most recently Besieged (Selected Stories), of which the title story was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci.
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