Title: Short Sentimental Journey & Other Stories
Publisher: University Of California Press
Publication Date: 1967
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Berkeley. 1967. University Of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 54. 319 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by David Stanfield. keywords: December 19. inventory # 6918. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This selection of Italo Svevo’s shorter fiction shows the same qualities of wry humour combined with profound psychological insight that are found in CONFESSIONS OF ZENO and his other novels. The ironically named title story shows an elderly man setting out in high spirits on a journey without his wife - and revealing at every turn the need for her watchful eye. Old age with its self-deceptions, a theme which Svevo has made unique by his own, is also the subject of several other stories; thus in ‘The Story of the Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl’ the hero quietens his conscience by combining each visit from his mistress with an improving lecture, and deluding himself that the affair is good for his health, The remaining stories range from an unkind hoax played on the credulous vanity of an unsuccessful writer to the gay yet pointed fable ‘Argo and his Master’ in which a man fails to teach his dog Italian, but succeeds in learning dog. language and in recording some unconsciously devastating comments on man by his ‘best friend.’. Bookseller Inventory # 6918
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