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Zeno continually assumes that he can control the terms of his freedom — which we can see are merely the terms of his imprisonment. The man who wrote this marvellous and original book was born Ettore Schmitz, in Trieste, in His pseudonym, Italo Svevo, or Italus the Swabian, was adopted as a way of acknowledging his mixed heritage: Italian by language Trieste dialect was spoken at home , Austrian by citizenship Trieste was a city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and German in fact, German-Jewish by ancestry.
The family was large and prosperous: there were 16 children, of whom eight survived. Svevo was large-headed, deep-browed he went bald early , dark, with kind, extruding eyes. He was charming, insomniac and neurotic, prey to psychosomatic twinges and spasms. Numerologically superstitious, he often decided to smoke his last cigarette at seven minutes past four, the time at which his mother had died. She tells a story in which her husband left the house with lire to buy something needed at the Veneziani factory, and returned hours later without the object, but with a box of sweets and lire in his wallet.
He was devoted to Witze, witty paradoxes and contradictions. He could recite many passages of Schopenhauer from memory. Clearly, the idea, central to Confessions of Zeno, of life as a sickness, is indebted to Schopenhauer to whom Freud in turn admitted his debts ; but Svevo, I suspect, was also enthralled by the jaunty paradoxical wit of Schopenhauer, who, for example, writes in The World as Will and Representation that walking is just a constantly prevented falling, just as the life of our body is a constantly prevented dying.
The gist of them was that animals can never fathom the mysterious wickedness of humans. By contrast, Alfonso and Emilio fill themselves only with neurotic introspection.
Like Zeno, they are obsessive self-brokers, continually doing smoky deals with their consciences that allow them to think they have done good when they have really done harm. Like Zeno, they have a nasty tendency to feel calm at precisely the moment they ought to be feeling concerned.
He is largely oblivious to the fact that he has caused her decline, and even excuses himself from her deathbed to have a final meeting with his mistress at the quayside. This gave him an even greater sense of calm. If, just once in his life, it had been his duty to untie or retie a rope; if the fate of a fishing boat, however small, had been entrusted to him, to his care, his energy; if he had been obliged to prevail over the howling of the wind and the sea with his own voice, he should be less weak, less unhappy.
Deeply hurt by this reception, by the impounding of his deepest ambitions, Svevo essentially garaged his writing for twenty years.
Over these years, he assumed greater responsibility at the Veneziani firm, overseeing the building of a factory in South-East London, in Charlton. From until the outbreak of war, Svevo spent a month or two every year in a rented house in Charlton — one of those comic dissymmetries worthy of Schopenhauer in Wimbledon and Kropotkin in Brighton. Joyce was working as a private tutor when Svevo contacted him in Joyce, who spoke Triestine dialect at home, was an unorthodox teacher of English; he once asked Svevo, as an English exercise, to write a review of the first chapters of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Svevo was initially secretive about his two ignored novels, but eventually admitted to having been a writer himself, and gave his teacher his books. But Svevo would call on that friendship in , after Confessions of Zeno had been published to the now familiar roaring silence. Svevo duly sent copies to them, and Joyce busied himself at the kind of high cultural bustle that he was now very good at. Because Svevo is well known to have disliked organised religion, and because his novel is framed by the procedures of psychoanalysis, Confessions of Zeno is generally read only in a secular light: here is the great comic document of modern stasis and neurotic introspection.
He saw quite a lot of it: his brother Elio died in , at the age of 23, from nephritis; his sister Noemi died in childbirth; another sister Ortensia died of peritonitis; yet another sister Natalia gave birth to two deaf children; and in , just before he started writing Zeno, Alfonso, his brother-in-law, died of heart disease. He always expected the worst, and was prepared to meet suffering at any moment, almost as if in the deepest part of his being he had foreseen the appalling suffering the Second World War was to bring his beloved daughter.
He goes on to suggest that if he had children he would try to make them love him less, so as to spare them suffering at his passing. I thought always of death, and therefore I had only one sorrow: the certainty of having to die. What is this but an essentially religious vision, without the consolation of religion?
Svevo would have loved that. When Joyce returned to Trieste from Zurich in , Svevo asked him about his experience of psychoanalysis. Well if we need it, let us stick to confession. But perhaps he was stimulated by it, for the novel he would go on to write expresses a rather similar sentiment.
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Renato Poggioli once wrote that in Zeno Svevo psychoanalyses psychoanalysis itself. But one might equally say that he forces it to confess itself. In that sense, Zeno does not merely psychoanalyse psychoanalysis, but sees it as another religion, and hence merely a modern fraudulence.
Repeatedly, Zeno finds himself exaggerating and parodying religious attitudes. He craves and defiles innocence, a word that recurs throughout the book. Hamsun is the wilder writer, for his demented characters invent the sins for which they feel they need to be punished; they invent their corruption.
Hamsun, the atheist former Lutheran, is obsessed with sin; Svevo, the atheist Jew who converted to nominal Catholicism only in order to marry his wife, is consumed by confession. Svevo had four brief years of fame as the great new Italian novelist, the creator of Zeno Cosini.
He died in , after a car accident. He is restless and shifts positions for comfort often, even though the doctor says that staying in bed would be good for his circulation. One night, as his father tries to roll out of bed, Zeno blocks him from moving, to do as the doctor wished. His angry father then stands up and accidentally slaps Zeno in the face before dying. His memoirs then trace how he meets his wife.
When he is starting to learn about the business world, he meets his future father-in-law Giovanni Malfenti, an intelligent and successful businessman, whom Zeno admires. Malfenti has four daughters, Ada, Augusta, Alberta, and Anna, and when Zeno meets them, he decides that he wants to court Ada because of her beauty and since Alberta is quite young, while he regards Augusta as too plain, and Anna is only a little girl.
He is unsuccessful and the Malfentis think that he is actually trying to court Augusta, who had fallen in love with him. He soon meets his rival for Ada's love, who is Guido Speier.
Guido speaks perfect Tuscan while Zeno speaks the dialect of Trieste , is handsome, and has a full head of hair compared with Zeno's bald head. Zeno then proposes to Alberta, who is not interested in marrying, and he is rejected by her also. Finally, he proposes to Augusta who knows that Zeno first proposed to the other two and she accepts, because she loves him.
Very soon, the couples get married and Zeno starts to realize that he can love Augusta. This surprises him as his love for her does not diminish.
However, he meets Carla, a poor aspiring singer, and they start an affair, with Carla thinking that Zeno does not love his wife. Meanwhile, Ada and Guido marry and Mr.
Malfenti gets sick. Zeno's affection for both Augusta and Carla increases and he has a daughter named Antonia around the time Giovanni passes away. Finally, one day, Carla expresses a sudden whim to see Augusta.
Zeno deceives Carla and causes her to meet Ada instead. Carla misrepresents Ada as Zeno's wife, and moved by her beauty and sadness, breaks off the affair. Zeno goes on to relate the business partnership between him and Guido.
The two men set up a merchant business together in Trieste. They hire two workers named Luciano and Carmen who becomes Guido's mistress and they attempt to make as much profit as possible. However, due to Guido's obsession with debts and credit as well as with the notion of profit, the company does poorly.
Guido and Ada's marriage begins to crumble as does Ada's health and beauty. Guido fakes a suicide attempt to gain Ada's compassion and she asks Zeno to help Guido's failing company.
Guido starts playing on the Bourse stock exchange and loses even more money. On a fishing trip, he asks Zeno about the differences in effects between sodium veronal and veronal and Zeno answers that sodium veronal is fatal while veronal is not. Guido's gambling on the Bourse becomes very destructive and he finally tries to fake another suicide to gain Ada's compassion.
However, he takes a fatal amount of veronal and dies. Soon thereafter, Zeno misses Guido's funeral because he himself gambles Guido's money on the Bourse and recovers three quarters of the losses. Zeno describes his current life.
It is during the Great War and his daughter Antonia who greatly resembles Ada and son Alfio have grown up. He spends his time visiting doctors, looking for a cure to his imagined sickness. One of the doctors claims he is suffering from the Oedipus complex , but Zeno does not believe it to be true. Not a single doctor is able to treat him. In May — Italy is still neutral, as Zeno wants it to be — Zeno and his family spend a vacation on the green banks of the Isonzo.
Zeno does not yet guess that area will soon become a major battlefield.Not a single doctor is able to treat him. But perhaps he was stimulated by it, for the novel he would go on to write expresses a rather similar sentiment. However, he meets Carla, a poor aspiring singer, and they start an affair, with Carla thinking that Zeno does not love his wife. This page was last edited on 5 October , at The novel is presented as a diary written by Zeno who claims that it is full of lies , published by his doctor.
He starts to live closer to his father in case he passes away.