Italo Svevo

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  • Giuliana Minghelli (Harvard University )

The Jewish-Italian writer Italo Svevo was born and lived in Trieste, then under the rule of Austria-Hungary. He authored three major novels: Una vita [A Life, 1892], Senilità [As a Man Grows Older, 1898], and La coscienza di Zeno [Confessions of Zeno, 1923], as well as numerous short stories, plays and fables. A major figure of Italian modernism, he elevated the novelistic genre within the Italian literary canon, facilitating the transformation from the nineteenth-century naturalist style to the more self-conscious and subjective style of the twentieth. His work was influenced by the philosophy of Schopenhauer and …

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Minghelli, Giuliana. "Italo Svevo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2010
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