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Five stars for Stefan Zweig, and none for the translation!
on 29 November 2016
If you enjoy reading Stefan Zweig you will enjoy this as it is full of Stefan Zweig's particular wisdom, wistfulness and charm. He doesn't just give you the history, (as of course he is not a historian and the history is perhaps not the main point of this book) but why it fascinates him, what it is indeed about Marie-Antoinette, her extraordinary place in history that causes her to wriggle out of her 'mediocrity' as he terms it, and transform herself into something, finally, quite else. Sadly, the translation is awful at times.