Zenosbooks

(11/08/2008) Short Sentimental Journey & Other Stories by Italo Svevo. Berkeley. 1967. University Of California Press. Translated From The Italian by Beryl de Zoete, L. Collison-Morley, & Ben Jonson. keywords: Literature Translated Italy. 319 pages. Jacket design by David Stanfield.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   This selection of Italo Svevo's shorter fiction shows the same qualities of wry humour combined with profound psychological insight that are found in CONFESSIONS OF ZENO and his other novels. The ironically named title story shows an elderly man setting out in high spirits on a journey without his wife - and revealing at every turn the need for her watchful eye. Old age with its self-deceptions, a theme which Svevo has made unique by his own, is also the subject of several other stories; thus in 'The Story of the Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl' the hero quietens his conscience by combining each visit from his mistress with an improving lecture, and deluding himself that the affair is good for his health, The remaining stories range from an unkind hoax played on the credulous vanity of an unsuccessful writer to the gay yet pointed fable 'Argo and his Master' in which a man fails to teach his dog Italian, but succeeds in learning dog. language and in recording some unconsciously devastating comments on man by his 'best friend'.

Italo Svevo was born in Trieste in 1861, Educated primarily in Bavaria, he wrote in Italian, but had to work as a young man 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 had published at his own expense A LIFE, It was followed four years later by AS A MAN GROWS OLDER. But both books 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 so impressed with Svevo's work that when CONFESSIONS OF ZENO was published several years later, Joyce was able to use his influence to make Svevo known in Europe. Svevo was just beginning to become recognized in Italy when he was killed in 1928 in a car accident.

 

 

Check zenosbooks.com for either a used or a new copy of this book, or you can add it to your wishlist.

 



Search

Zeno's Picks

  • Walker, David. David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World

    Zenosbooks - Zeno's Picks

    Walker, David. David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World Walker, David. David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World. University Park. 2000. Penn State University Press. 9780271019949. Edited, with an introduction and annotations by Peter P. Hinks. 5 x 8.5. 2 illustrations. 184 pages. paperback.   FROM THE PUBLISHER - In 1829 David Walker, a free black born in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote one of America‚Äôs most provocative politicaldocuments of the nineteenth[…]

    Read more...
  • Dumas, Henry. Jonoah & the Green Stone

    Zenosbooks - Zeno's Picks

    Dumas, Henry. Jonoah & the Green Stone Dumas, Henry. Jonoah & the Green Stone. New York. 1976. Random House. 0394497910. 170 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Mike Stromberg.  FROM THE PUBLISHER - Henry Dumas was a first-rate writer with first-order intelligence. The publication of his short stories, ARK OF BONES, and poetry, PLAY EBONY PLAY IVORY, was received with spectacular acclaim. Now a novel has been discovered that will satisfy the appetites[…]

    Read more...
  • Uwagba, Otegha. Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods

    Zenosbooks - Zeno's Picks

    Uwagba, Otegha. Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods Uwagba, Otegha. Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods. London. 2020. 4th Estate. 9780008440428. 71 pages. paperback.  FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this powerful and timely personal essay, best-selling author Otegha Uwagba reflects on racism, whiteness, and the mental labour required of Black people to navigate relationships with white people. Presented as a record of Uwagba's observations on this era-defining moment in history - that is,[…]

    Read more...
  • Davies, Carole Boyce. Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

    Zenosbooks - Zeno's Picks

    Davies, Carole Boyce. Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones Davies, Carole Boyce. Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones. Durham. 2008. Duke University Press. 9780822341161. 311 pages. paperback. Cover photograph - Claudia Jones in 1948.  FROM THE PUBLISHER - In LEFT OF KARL MARX, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915-1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried[…]

    Read more...
  • Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People

    Zenosbooks - Zeno's Picks

    Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People. New York. 2010. Norton. 9780393049343. 496 pages. hardcover. Cover design by Keenan.  FROM THE PUBLISHER - A mind-expanding and myth-destroying exploration of notions of white race - not merely a skin color but also a signal of power, prestige, and beauty to be withheld and granted selectively. Our story begins in Greek and Roman antiquity, where the[…]

    Read more...
Copyright © 2021 Zenosbooks. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.