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1 Gatt-Rutter, John Italo Svevo - A Double Life
Oxford Clarendon Press 1988 0198158483 / 9780198158486 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine unmarked copy which has a production fault to one page where the page has a small portion of extra paper on the page where the text has been printed over it with VG dustjacket. ix + 410 pages. 15 illustrations. Italo Svevo was the pen name of Ettore Schmitz (1861-1928), an Austrian Italian anti-clerical Jew who inhabited Italy's 'unredeemed' and fiercely contested city of Trieste; a dreamer and not a man of action; a Socialist by inclination, who lived as a bourgeois capitalist; a possessive husband who pressed feminist literature on his wife; a novelist turned paint manufacturer, familiar with the works of Shakespeare, Goethe and Freud, who had fantasies about turpentine, and his 'last cigarette', and literary success; an Italian nationalist who during the Great War supplied paint to the enemy's navy. Only by writing could Svevo face up to these contradictions; and his masterpiece, Confessions of Zeno, reflects the turmoil, guilt and confusion of 20th century man. This book aims to capture the private man - neurotic, affable, charming, hard to pin down in the double life that he led: Ettore Schmitz the family man, married to Livia, and member of the family firm - often sent to London on business, which left him with vivid impressions of the English; the friend of James Joyce, who discovered him. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.85 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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