Svevo, Italo ē´tälō zvā´vō [key]
, 1861–1928, Italian novelist, whose real name was Ettore Schmitz, b. Trieste. A businessman, he wrote several works of fiction, but remained practically unknown until discovered by James Joyce
. His fiction is psychological and introspective, his characters mainly narcissistic, and his style witty. His best-known work, which has been called Italy's first modernist novel, is La coscienza di Zeno
(1923, tr. The Confessions of Zeno,
1930, and Zeno's Conscience,
2001); also translated are Una Vita
(1892, tr. A Life,
(1898; tr. As a Man Grows Older,
1949, rev. tr. 1977, repr. 2001; tr. Emilio's Carnival,
2001), and Una burla riuscita
(1928, tr. The Hoax,
See biographies by P. N. Furbank (1966) and B. Weiss (1987); studies by B. Moloney (1974 and 1977), and L. G. Subrizi (1984).
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