A Perfect Hoax

A Perfect Hoax


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In this tragicomic study of deception and disappointment, Italo Svevo – who himself was an undiscovered writer until his old age – parodies elements of his own life and offers an insightful psychological portrait of a person who has lost touch with reality.

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ISBN-13: 9781847497758
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 1,197,256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Born in Trieste to a Jewish German father and an Italian mother, Italo Svevo (1861–1928) worked for his father-in-law's paint business for most of his life and was unknown as a writer until the 1923 publication of Zeno's Conscience, which is now considered a classic of Italian fiction.

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FPdC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This short book, translated from the italian original Una burla riuscita, tells the story of a mediocre man, with no literary or business (or, it seems, any other) skills, who believes to me a writer of merit, and cherishes the dream of public recognition based on a novel he wrote forty years earlier and has remained completely ignored by everyone. The pratical joke of an acquaintance who convinces him that the representative of an important viennese publisher is in town to meet him and negotiate the contract for the reedition of his book, generates a flussy of activity in an otherwise monotonous and balanced (although rather gray) life which ends in the return to that sadder state of affairs, only that much bitter, after the hoax has been disclosed. An interesting, almost cruel, story about self-delusion and the human need for some kind of immortality and recognition.