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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; Deluxe ed edition (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782270035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782270034
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 5.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian writer who, at the height of his fame in the 1920s and 30s, was one of the most famous authors in the world. Zweig was born into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family in Vienna, where he attended school and university before continuing his studies on Berlin. A devotee of Hugo von Hoffmanstahl, he had published his first book of poetry by the age of 19. After taking a pacifist stance during the First World War he travelled widely and became an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. He also developed friendships with great writers, thinkers and artists of the day, including Romain Rolland, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arturo Toscanini and, perhaps most importantly, Sigmund Freud, whose philosophy had a great influence on Zweig's work.

In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London. There he began proceedings for the divorce of his first wife Frederika, whom he had left for his secretary Lotte Altmann, a young German-Jewish refugee. In London he also wrote his only novel - his most famous and arguably greatest work, Beware of Pity - before moving to Bath, where, with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, he and Lotte took British citizenship. With the German occupation of France in 1940, Zweig, a committed pacifist and advocate of European integration, was devastated. "Europe is finished, our world destroyed," he wrote. Zweig and Lotte married and left Europe for New York, before finally settling in Petrópolis, Brazil, where in 1942 the couple were found dead in an apparent double suicide.

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'Zweig, prolific storyteller and embodiment of a vanished Mitteleuropa, seems to be back, and in a big way.' New York Times

'For far too long, our links with Zweig... have been broken. Pushkin Press's phenomenal, heartbreaking collection is a reminder that it's time to forge them again.'Los Angeles Review of Books

'One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories. They have an astringency of outlook and a mastery of scale that I find enormously enjoyable.'-Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes

'The rediscovery of this extraordinary writer could well be on a par with last year's refinding of the long-lost Stoner, by John Williams' Simon Winchester Telegraph

'The Updike of his day... Zweig is a lucid writer, and Bell renders his prose flawlessly' New York Observer


'Zweig belongs with those masters of the novella-Maupassant, Turgenev, Chekhov.'-Paul Bailey

'The stories are as page-turning as they are subtle... Compelling'

--Guardian

About the Author

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was born in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Zweig travelled widely, living in Salzburg between the wars, and was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear.

In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London, where he wrote his only novel Beware of Pity. He later moved on to Bath, taking British citizenship after the outbreak of the Second World War. With the fall of France in 1940 Zweig left Britain for New York, before settling in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide.

Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brown on 16 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
What a joy to have all of Zweig's short stories in one book. This contains 22 stories written between 1900-1940, spanning most of his writing life. It gives us an overview of his great contribution to the form - which was not easy to grasp when reading the brief and separate collections of his work the Pushkin Press had issued previously. All are translated from the German by that doyen of translators, Anthea Bell, who has done so much for Zweig in the English speaking world - she must surely be today's equivalent of Constance Garnett, who was writing at the same time as Zweig and who brought Turgenev and other great Russian novelists into English for the first time.

From the very first we encounter Zweig's impassioned, heightened, romantic style (it makes the plain, paired-down style favoured in so many novels today seem insipid by comparison). We are plunged into highly dramatic situations (some, perhaps, not wholly plausible) in which the effects on the characters involved, rather than the events, are what counts. Characters are always vividly realised, full of individuality, brilliantly described; invariably, they have reached a crisis point in their lives, are on the brink either of radical change or annihilation; their interior lives are what interests him most, events creating revelations and re-evaluations. Many of his characters are, in a Dostoevskian sense, under extremes of internal pressure.

Love, death, humanity - these are the great themes that irradiate his work; he draws you into human dramas with effortless ease and great narrative art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2014
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I’d be the first to admit that I really don’t generally like or enjoy short stories. But I would always make an exception for writers such as Stefan Zweig or Joseph Roth. These authors have an enviable ability to get inside the human condition and within pages, paragraphs or even sentences, lay people open as they really are, as opposed to how they wish to appear in society.

This collection is all the short stories written by Zweig (1881-1942). A Jewish Austrian writer, Zweig was horrified by the rise of the Nazis. He and his wife fled Austria in 1934, and lived in England, before moving to the USA and then to Brazil. In 1942, despairing of the future of Europe and its culture, they committed suicide.

Zweig’s writing is deep and introspective, yet utterly human and readable. These 22 short stories range from just a few pages to about 60 pages, and are published in this wonderful Pushkin Press edition in order of their being written and published, originally in German (from 1900 to 1942). The stories take place in different times and places, but always write of men and women who make and live life choices, for better or for worse. They are timeless in their humanity and compassion, empathy and sorrow, and offer a wonderful legacy to Zweig’s work.
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By DR DENNIS E FLYNN on 5 Dec 2014
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A beautifully produced volume of less familiar Stefan Zweig's shorter fiction. Strongly recommended!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter Middlemass on 29 Dec 2013
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A most intelligent and masterly written collection.

I challenge anyone to read the various stories and not be moved.

Buy it !
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mack on 12 Jun 2014
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Some of these stories were slightly over the top and melodramatic for today's taste, but most of them were gems of literature (thank you translator Anthea Bell who cannot be praised enough) and insight into the human condition and the psychological reasons why things don't always go in a straightforward predictable fashion. Great read.
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