By (author) Italo Svevo
Translated by Archibald Colquhoun
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Life by Italo Svevo
Book DescriptionReprinted with a new cover in B format, A Life is the gruelling 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, the vain and arrogant daughter of his boss. But the emptiness of both his attempts at writing and at love lead to an ironic and painful conclusion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781901285628
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Italo Svevo
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)
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.
As a Man Grows Older, Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by Italo Svevo
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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Author Biography - Italo Svevo
Italo Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861. His real name was Hector Schmitz. Educated mainly in Bavaria, he wrote in Italian, and as a young man had to work as a French and German correspondence clerk in a Trieste bank. He was not happy in the business world and at the age of thirty-one he wrote and published at his own expense, A Life. It was followed four years later by Senility, a novel of tortured eroticism. Both A Life and Senility were such failures that Svevo gave up writing for the next twenty years. During this time he became a good friend of James Joyce, who was also living in Trieste, and who was able to use his influence to make Svevo known in Europe. Svevo was just becoming recognised in Italy when he was killed in a car accident in 1928.
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