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Confessions of Zeno (riverrun editions)

Italo Svevo

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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A playful account of one man's life in early twentieth century Trieste

'I am sure a cigarette has a more poignant flavour when it is the last'

A neurotic Italian businessman obsessed by his own hypochondria, Zeno Cosini recounts his early years to his psychoanalyst Dr S as a form of therapy. With a cigarette clutched permanently between his fingers, he explores the important themes of his life: his love of smoking, his relationship with his parents, his marriage. Structured as a series of conversations with his psychoanalyst, Zeno was an innovation in its time, and remains a curious and intriguing delight.

Michael Hoffman places CONFESSIONS OF ZENO in its European context in his sparkling introduction.

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