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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press (31 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906548498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906548490
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zweig’s readability made him one of the most popular writers of the early twentieth century all over the world, with translations into thirty languages. His lives of Mary Stuart and Marie Antoinette were international bestsellers (Julie Kavanagh The Economist Intelligent Life)

Zweig’s accumulated historical and cultural studies, whether in essay or monograph form, remain a body of achievement almost too impressive to take in... Full-sized books on Marie-Antoinette, Mary Stuart, and Magellan were international best sellers (Clive James Cultural Amnesia)

Stefan Zweig cherished the everyday imperfections and frustrated aspirations of the men and women he analysed with such affection and understanding (Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement)

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 translator and later as a biographer. Zweig travelled widely, living in Salzburg between the wars, and enjoying 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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Zweig was a gifted biographer (as well as a novelist) and anyone who has relished his treatment of Mary Stuart or his Marie Antoinette, not to mention his shorter biographical essay on Calvin and Servetus, need not hesitate over this biography of Magellan
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Can someone explain to me why so few books of Stefan Zweig are available in English? He was an incredibly prolific writer. In France there are tens of books on the shelves by Zweig but I can only fin d a handful of translations of, for example these brilliant biographies.
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Zweig is a great author-his 'Beware of Pity' is unsurpassable. His insight as a novelist is well utilised in this history of Magellan. We tend to think of the age of discovery as a golden age, when adventure and daring was a prime motivator for these voyages. Zweig clearly shows that lust for money through the discovery of new trade routes to the spices of the east was the sine qua non of these enterprises. The actual adventure itself ,the negotiation of the passage to the Pacific, the strange and primitive men they found there, and the treachery of the 3 Spanish stooge/captains foisted on Magellan, is wonderfully described. Buy it! One drawback is that the illustrations (about 10) do not reproduce well ,if at all. A warning to that effect is at the front of the book. Personally, it didn't spoil my enjoyment in the least. With all the trash about it makes me wonder why this book isn't in print-it is a true classic...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zewig and Magellan 19 Oct. 2013
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Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. He is the one who named the Pacific Ocean (“peaceful sea”) for the calmness of its water and the lack of wind. Although he wasn't alive to complete the entire journey himself after he was killed in a rather unnecessary battle with a local king in the Philippines, the expedition that he once led resulted in the first circumnavigation of the earth. Needless to say, the journey wasn't smooth and clear skies all along otherwise there would hardly be a reason to write a full book about this expedition. Magellan had to overcome the Portuguese king who tried to sabotage this voyage, the mutiny of his crew, hunger, thirst and very harsh weather. Oh, yeah, he also lost his life.

Zweig and his stirring prose style seem well suited for the task of writing about this dramatic expedition. Just consider this, for example: “His native country left him in the lurch; his ties with office and duty had been severed. So much the better, now he was free. As so often when a man seems to be at the mercy of the winds, he is in reality being blown back upon his own self.”

In his novels, Zweig tends to focus in the psychological aspects of his characters. What drove them and why they acted the way they did. This shows in his biography of Magellan. He portrays him as a quiet introvert and as a very calculated man who rarely made any decision without considering the long term; he was also fairly harsh (at least according to our standards today), but yet very fair.

Zweig doesn't dwell too much into to the details of each and every small thing that happened. Along with his dramatic and enjoyable prose style, "Magellan" reads more like one of Zweig’s novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget 1 Nov. 2016
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Great deeds now denigrated in our universities and by liberal elites must be learned of and cherished. Zweig wrote because he was ashamed of his modernity, so ought we all feel in the face of our forefathers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read. 11 Jun. 2014
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Well researched and highly readable, if somewhat long-winded at times. Stefan Zweig is very attentive to details and unbiased in his description of Magellan's personality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and persistance 18 April 2014
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Excellent detailed crazy story of endeavour loss betrayal ..perseverance beyond imagination...STEFAN ZWEIG. LEADS IMMEDIATELY INTONHIS MAJOR DESPERATE STORY ..BEWARE OF PITY....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well described heroic adventure 14 Jun. 2013
By Eric Mascarin Perigault - Published on Amazon.com
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In a detailed way, but without overburden or bored, the author tells this story, the Magellan's voyage from the moment of conception until the time of return, with all its hardships, including the death of Magellan himself. In a story that already if is great, heroic, like few in the history of humanity, join the brilliant prose, descriptive and beautiful author. Very good book that can be read over and over again. It was written many years ago, and it shows, but still, very good.
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