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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372609
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

Zeno's Conscience




A marvel of psychological insight from one of the most important Italian literary figures of the twentieth century.

This enormously engaging, strange novel is both an engrossing saga of a family and a hilarious 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.

A hymn to self-delusion and procrastination, Zeno's Conscience has provoked enormous affection in its readers both in Italian and English since its first publication in the 1920s.

  • Pub date: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372609
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Italo Svevo

Aron Ettore Schmitz (December 19, 1861 - September 13, 1928), better known by the pseudonym Italo Svevo, was an Italian businessman and author of novels, plays, and short stories. His best-known novel is The Confessions of Zeno (or Zeno's Conscience) (1923). Svevo published the work at the age of 62 at his own expense. The novel, dealing with the self-revelations of a nicotine addict, is considered one of the greatest examples of European experimental modernist writing. Svevo was killed in an automobile accident. Further Confessions of Zeno (1969) appeared posthumously.

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