Book List in Order:10 titles

  • "Life is this way: first you have to beg for things and then you have to growl to keep them." Argos's master has been sent to the mountains for his health. Bored, he resolves to teach his hunting dog to talk. The experiment fails, ...


  • "Everyone felt his own beloved person threatened," notes the narrator of Svevo's sarcastic tale of a bungling murderer--an underemployed porter known derisively as "il signore" by his equally down-at-heel friends--on the loose in the streets of Tries...




  • ...the sin of an old man is equal to about two sins of a young man.The fable-like story of an old man's sexual obsession with a young woman is a distillation of Italo Svevo's concerns--attraction of an older man to a younger woman, individual conscie...


  • Influenced by the rise of the science of psychology and the turmoil of the early 20th century, A Perfect Hoax is an ironic and affectionate story of illusion, self-deception, and impracticality in a practical world. Mario Samigli is in his seventies;...


  • Long hailed as a seminal work of modernism in the tradition of Joyce and Kafka, and now available in a supple new English translation, Italo Svevo‚Äôs charming and splendidly idiosyncratic novel conducts readers deep into one hilariously hyperactive ...


  • Not so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author. Now he is an insurance agent on the fast track to forty. He gains a new lease on life, though, when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angiolina-except that his angel just happens to be a...


  • First published in 1893, this novel is concerned with the bourgeois soul and its inability to will or act. The heroes are typically men of business, but with cultural pretensions and he depicts them in their free time when they are not working....