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Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman [Kindle Edition]

Stefan Zweig , Anthea Bell
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Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman is the story of a middle-aged English widow who travels to escape loneliness and boredom. One evening while enjoying the elegant atmosphere of the Monte Carlo Casino, she becomes mesmerised by the obsessive gambling of a young Polish aristocrat. This fateful encounter leads to passion, despair and death, changing their lives forever.


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About the Author

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, a member of 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 enjoyed literary fame. His stories and novellas were collected in 1934. In the same year, with the rise of Nazism, he briefly moved to London, taking British citizenship. After a short period in New York, he settled in Brazil where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in bed in an apparent double suicide

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press (11 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WV3GEI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Little Gem set in the French Riviera 7 Oct. 2010
Format:Paperback
I have yet to read anything by Stefan Zweig which I have not thoroughly enjoyed and this, my sixth book, is no exception.
Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman is not a novel but a beautifully crafted story. Zweig is a master at drawing wonderful characters. Inititially set in a small guest house in the French Riviera in the 1920's where the narrator is befriended by a 67 year old English widow who becomes the principal character of the book. She relates to the narrator an event that took place 20 odd years earlier in Monte Carlo. No surprises for guessing that the Casino features in her account. Zweig's description of the widow watching the gamblers is brilliantly evoked. She is mesmerised by one of the gamblers, a young Polish aristocarat and subsequently unfolds a fascinating and hauntingly realistic chain of events. Written in 1927 and mostly set in about 1900 this gem of a story has definitely weathered the passage of time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong title for the contents of a different story 28 Aug. 2013
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The book I received has a different cover but the same title. The story is from that of another novella of Zweig: Letter from an unknown woman! What a mixed-up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem of a Novel 13 Sept. 2003
By L. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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Perhaps not as psychologically compelling and taut as some of Zweig's other work, this novella is still worth reading for it's fine writing. At a hotel in Monte Carlo in the days after World War I, a group of wealthy travelers are shocked to learn that a married woman of their set has suddenly left her husband and family on the arms of a seducer whom she has known less then twenty-four hours. Each guest chimes in with their opinion of the woman's extraordinary behavior. Our narrator expresses his understanding of the woman's actions while the others vehemently condemn the lady. Suddenly he finds himself the confidante of an older woman who is in the group. She tells him the tale of how twenty years earlier she too had been drawn to an intense younger man who she observed in the casino one evening. Zweig explores the motivations and the ramifications of a sudden act of passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best weaving with words and emotions. 24 Oct. 2006
By Rina Levitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book in my teens. The book was on my parents' book shelves. It was a Hebrew translation from the German. When this was translated, Israel was just reborn, after 2000 years of exile. The Hebrew language was a dormant language that came to life. I am now passed my midlife & will never forget the strong impression that this story made on me. The strongest image that was stuck in my head is the one where the woman in the story was able to sense the mood, agitation or thrill that was expressed in the hands, without looking at the face,of the young Casino gambler. The story is flowing & as in all of Stefan Zweig's writings, it penetrates to the heart & sole of the characters. It is a work of art, like the most beautiful weaved carpet. Few weeks ago, I was visiting my brother's house & saw the book that I read as teenager on his shelf. I was so excited. I borrowed it from him & reread it in one gulp. The thing that amazed me was that after so many years, I felt like I never left the book, just that the translation felt to me so archaic. It actually added an unusual taste of nostalgia. I tried to get the book in a new translation in Hebrew, but couldn't find it. There are new translations of Stefan Zweig into Hebrew, but, unfortunately, as other reviewers commented on, this amazingly sensitive writer is not getting the place that he deserves to have. It is such a pity. Luckily enough, my English reading is as good as my Hebrew, so I looked for it in Amazon & found it. In my old Hebrew translation, there are 2 more stories. A very special one is "Burning Secret". This is as sensitive & cleverly weaved as the "24 hours in the life of a woman".

Don't miss any of the above.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gambler 15 April 2005
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This story is Stefan Zweig's version of 'The Gambler'. Although it doesn't rival Dostoyevsky's portrait, it is certainly a very worth-while read.

A woman falls under the spell of a gambler who lost his fortune and is on the verge of committing suicide. She tries desperately to save him.

This is an impressive short novel, because of the strong emerging feelings which erupt like volcanoes and leave the main characters totally upset. The endgame and the end are stunning.

It is one of Stefan Zweig's most successful short novels, although he is handicapped by the comparison with Dostoyevsky.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Little Gem 1 Nov. 2010
By Kiwifunlad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have yet to read anything by Stefan Zweig which I have not thoroughly enjoyed and this, my sixth book, is no exception.
Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman is not a novel but a beautifully crafted story. Zweig is a master at drawing wonderful characters. Inititially set in a small guest house in the French Riviera in the 1920's where the narrator is befriended by a 67 year old English widow who becomes the principal character of the book. She relates to the narrator an event that took place 20 odd years earlier in Monte Carlo. No surprises for guessing that the Casino features in her account. Zweig's description of the widow watching the gamblers is brilliantly evoked. She is mesmerised by one of the gamblers, a young Polish aristocarat and subsequently unfolds a fascinating and hauntingly realistic chain of events. Written in 1927 and mostly set in about 1900 this gem of a story has definitely weathered the passage of time.
5.0 out of 5 stars also part of other collections 6 Feb. 2012
By tourist in the city - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Twenty Four Hours In The Life Of A Woman" is a part of Selected Stories, the Pushkin Press 2009 edition of Zweig. It is also in Pushkin's 2006 Twenty Four Hours / The Royal Game.

If you are lucky, you can see Berenice Bejo in 24 Heures de la Vie d'Une Femme (Original French Version DVD).

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