Carnival

Fast Times

Sitting among Madonna’s tassel-tipped corset, a jumpsuit worn by a member of ZZ Top, and other framed memorabilia, Egyptian families wait at their empty tables in silence. A 50-inch flat-screen television overhead plays music videos of the Killers and Nine Inch Nails, while waiters weave aimlessly around the booths. As the sun dips below the Nile, a Red Hot Chili Peppers video is unceremoniously interrupted—the guitar solo replaced by a solemn, baritone voice. “In the name of Allah, the most merciful,” it begins in Arabic.

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The Liar's Tale

Zeno’s Conscience By Italo Svevo translated by William Weaver (Everyman’s Library, 437 pp., $20) Emilio’s Carnival (Senilita) By Italo Svevo translated by Beth Archer Brombert with an introduction by Victor Brombert (Yale University Press, 233 pp., $14.95) A Life By Italo Svevo translated by Archibald Colquhoun (Pushkin Press, 411 pp., £10) Memoir of Italo Svevo By Livia Veneziani Svevo translated by Isabel Quigly (The Marlboro Press/ Northwestern University Press, 178 pp., $15.95) Italo Svevo’s third and final novel, Zeno’s Conscience, is most famously a novel about quitting smoking.

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The Liar's Tale

Zeno’s Conscience By Italo Svevo translated by William Weaver (Everyman’s Library, 437 pp., $20)   Emilio’s Carnival (Senilita) By Italo Svevo translated by Beth Archer Brombert with an introduction by Victor Brombert (Yale University Press, 233 pp., $14.95)   A Life By Italo Svevo translated by Archibald Colquhoun (Pushkin Press, 411 pp., £10)   Memoir of Italo Svevo By Livia Veneziani Svevo translated by Isabel Quigly (The Marlboro Press/ Northwestern University Press, 178 pp., $15.95)   Italo Svevo’s third and final novel, Zeno’s Conscience, is most famously a novel about quitting smoking.

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