”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 conscience versus social convention, and the cost of sexual desire. This novella is a marvel of psychological insight, following the man’s vacillations and tortuous self-justifications to their tragic-comic end. It is presented here in a translation first commissioned and published by Virginia Woolf for her Hogarth Press.
ITALO SVEVO, one of Italy’s great Modernists, was unrecognized in his own country until James Joyce befriended the writer and championed his work. His three novels, A Life, Emilio’s Carnival and Zeno’s Conscience, are all recognized as masterpieces of Italian literature.
Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.