In 1907 novelist James Joyce was engaged as Svevo’s English tutor in Trieste, and in the process they developed a friendship. When Joyce read Svevo’s novel ‘Confessions of Zeno’, he was so impressed with it that he encouraged the writer to publish it, and later helped to promote it. Although Svevo wrote many other works, his opus magnum will remain his Confessions of Zeno, an intriguing, suspenseful, engaging tour de force.
What Mohsin Hamid says
I had the pleasure in 2014 of rereading a monsoon-rain-warped paperback edition of Italo Svevo’s hilarious 1923 self-published masterpiece, “Confessions of Zeno.” Svevo inspired James Joyce to give birth to Leopold Bloom, and “Confessions” explores its protagonist’s Zen-like satisfaction in treating each cigarette as if it is his last (because he really, really is going to quit after this one).