EMILIO’S CARNIVAL by Italo Svevo

EMILIO’S CARNIVAL

or, Senilità
by , translated by

KIRKUS REVIEW

A new translation of the late (1861–1923) Italian modernist’s second (1898) novel (also known as A Man Grows Older), a grimly comic study of indecision and ennui that pointed the way to Svevo’s later masterpiece, Zeno’s Conscience (see below). The story depicts dilettantish failed writer Emilio Brentani’s irrational fixation on a heartless slut (the quite unangelic Angiolina)—an obsession memorably counterpointed against the loveless enervation of his spinster sister Amalia (whose very name mockingly echoes his): “the personification of thought and pain.” Emilio’s farcical psychic unraveling and gradual surrender to “senility”—at the age of 35—are painstakingly evolved in a little-known landmark psychological novel.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-300-09047-1
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Yale Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2001




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