Italo Svevo (1861–1928) was a writer, businessman, novelist, playwright, and short story writer from Trieste. A client and of Irish novelist and poet James Joyce, Svevo was a pioneer of the Psychological novel in Italy--but only in parody certainly. "Life is neither happy nor sad--life is original." --Coscienza di Zeno
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"Whatever sentence I extract whole and entire from this cauldron is only a string of six little fish that let themselves be caught while a million others leap and sizzle, making the cauldron bubble like boiling silver, and slip through my fingers." --V Woolf, _The Waves_
"Once upon a distant time, they talked in Pantoland in rhyme... but now they talk in double entendre, which is a language all of its own accented, not with acute or grave, but with the eyebrows. That is, everyday discourse which has been dipped in the infinite riches of a dirty mind." --Angela Carter, "Pantoland"
"'But,' thought Durtal, rousing himself from his reverie, 'if I am consistent, that means I shall have to embrace the Catholicism of the Middle Ages, a mystical Naturalism: that's absurd, and yet, why not?'" --J.-K. Huysmans, _La-Bas_