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Zeno's Conscience (1923) [Novel]
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Tells the story of a hapless, doubting, guilt-ridden man paralyzed by fits of ecstasy and despair and tickled by his own cleverness. His doctor advises him, as a form of therapy, to write his memoirs; in doing so, Zeno reconstructs and ultimately reshapes the events of his life into a palatable reality for himself—a reality, however, founded on compromise, delusion, and rationalization.

With cigarette in hand, Zeno sets out in search of health and happiness, hoping along the way to free himself from countless vices, not least of which is his accursed “last cigarette!” (Zeno’s famously ineffectual refrain is inevitably followed by a lapse in resolve.) His amorous wanderings win him the shrill affections of an aspiring coloratura, and his confidence in his financial savoir-faire involves him in a hopeless speculative enterprise. Meanwhile, his trusting wife reliably awaits his return at appointed mealtimes.

Zeno’s adventures rise to antic heights in this pioneering psychoanalytic novel, as his restlessly self-preserving commentary inventively embroiders the truth. Absorbing and devilishly entertaining, Zeno’s Conscience is at once a comedy of errors, a sly testimonial to the joys of procrastination, and a surpassingly lucid vision of human nature.

Original title: La coscienza di Zeno
Alternative titles: Confessions of Zeno
Original languages: Italian

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Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Zeno's Conscience

Zeno's Conscience (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: William Weaver
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Manifested in:
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Zeno's Conscience (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0375727760
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 1.1 in
Pages: 464

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Zeno's Conscience (2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 0375413308
Pages: 496

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Edition #2: Confessions of Zeno

Confessions of Zeno (1930)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: de Zoete translation
Translated by: Beryl de Zoete
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Manifested in:
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Confessions of Zeno (1989)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679722343
Pages: 416

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