Wondrak and Other Stories (Pushkin Collection) Paperback – 1 Mar 2009
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One hardly knows where to begin in praising Zweig's work. One gets the impression that he actively preferred to write about women, and about the great moral crises that send shivers down the spines of polite society (Nicholas Lezard The Guardian)
In the 1920s and 30s, Stefan Zweig was one of the most famous writers in the world. Thanks to the enterprising Pushkin Press, it is now possible to read the novellas on which his reputation must finally depend (Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement)
Fortunately, the Pushkin Press has been publishing some of Zweig's works in fluent translations and handsome editions … My advice is that you should go out at once and buy his books (Anthony Daniels The Sunday Telegraph)
This latest volume in Pushkin Press's wonderful edition of Zweig [is] effortlessly great (David Sexton Evening Standard)
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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As with all Zweig's work, each tale is exceptional, bright and original. 'In the Snow' and 'Wondrak' read almost like classical fairy tales. Absolutely breathtaking.
'Wondrak' loses nothing from being 'unfinished'. It stands well how it is, the only thing being (considering the title and Zweig's use of such)that Woderak would have had far more to do in the tale had it continued.
Zweig was a convinced pacifist and spoke out against any moral justification for war; how little it means to most people expected to give up their lives for it;its invidious encroachment and unyielding bureaucracy.
In Zweig's time, war was fought solely for unjustifiable imperialistic puposes with the First World war being its zenith-a war fought for medieval ideals in a medieval fashion. But the Second World War-although having its basis in stupidity(the treaty of Versailles; political dogmas)-there surely comes a point where war is justified or needed. Although edges will always remain blurred, pure evil needs to be opposed for humanities sake. In the World away from the days of imperialistic war, total pacifism has to be questiones, although it is surely the highest of all human philosophies.
Sadly, wars are made by dangerous fools, and there's a whole world full of them out there.
Zweig, however, is a genious and a great light to follow.
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