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This rare addition to Italo Svevo’s small canon about the battle between the sexes (and between youth and age) in wartime Trieste, will be sought out by reader’s of the author's classic, Confessions of Zeno. This edition brings the book back into print for the first time since 1967 and only the second time since its initial printing in 1930. It is the only English translation available and the only stand-alone version of this classic novella ever published.
“Italo Svevo is the greatest novelist our literature has produced from Verga’s day to our own.” - Eugenio Montale, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975
“Svevo’s temperament has affinities with Chekhov’s: a gentle voyeurism ... an unwillingness to act or think like an ‘intellectual’, combined with an aversion to the high-flown, the poetic...a hostility to religion; and an eye for the subtly comic.” - James Wood, London Review of Books