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Onveys so wellWe are told of poor Grouchy s insistence in sticking to the mandate from Napoleon attempting to head off the Prussians whilst hearing the cannons of the battlefield in Waterloo in the distance the Prussians whilst hearing the cannons of the battlefield in Waterloo in the distance a book So amazing So many feelings felt so many roller coasters experienced I ll be contemplating this collection of evocative and demanding short stories for some time Somehow the author manages to create a wide array of main characters both male and female in an astounding time Somehow the author manages to create a wide array of main characters both male and female in an astounding of plots and circumstances managing to invest you enough in each story to have your heart twisted broken or swollen by the end of each story This a marvelous study in the capacity of the human imagination and explores a wide variety of emotional and interpersonal territory that so many of us thankfully have not experienced in our lives I assure you however that many of his stories will speak to you in some way They will reach into the most forlorn inaccessible corners of your mind and open up perceptions and feelings of which you had little knowledgeSo if you have a little spare time here and there give this one a read I assure you that you won t be able to put it down until you have at least finished a story or two okay to put it down until you have at least finished a story or two okay three or perhaps you ll ust devour the whole book I consider him a master of short poetic novelsPersonal favorites Letter from an unknown woman and Amok I rarely remember the stories of the books I ve read Even though I might have read this one at least 5 years ago I can still go back to some of the characters and stories in it Zweig s descriptions are vivid images so much so that I feel like this book is somewhere I ve been to rather than something s I ve readPowerful Stefan Zweig was an Austrian writer who published many short stories multiple biographies and historical text and several plays and by the 1930 s became the world s most translated author His incredible popularity was cut short by Adolf Hitler s rise to power As a pacifist and internationalist Zweig was deeply opposed to Nazism and left his native Austria for England where he met his second wife Lotte Attman As Hitler s troops successfully advanced westward the Zweigs crossed. Ing with passion these twenty two tales from a master storyteller of the Twentieth Century are translated by the award winning Anthea BellDeluxe clothbound editi.

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The Collected Stories of Stefan ZweigWriting by a master storyteller Writing that takes concentration and a love for the power of language A piece of literary genius Either I ve come late to the work of Stefan Zweig OR HIS WORK HAS COME LATE his work has come late me Long ago during the 1980 s when I did my literature degree and in the years around it I assiduously tried to work my way through the classics In about 1990 I thought Insurgence job done at least as far as I was ever going to and since then I ve mainly read non fiction and when I ve delved into fiction it has either been to read something new or to re read something old that I loved Meanwhile Zweig aided by some new andudging by thisrather good translations has nudged his way into the realms of the classics One ought to have read him He is Roy Hodgson s favourite author presumably he reads him in German Wes Anderson dedicated his last film to him of which belowIs he the real deal I think he most assuredly is His work to me seems to sit somewhere between C19th realism and Modernism It is sharply observed and thematically very rich Zweig was an orator at Freud s funeral and it shows The observation and recreation of obsession and neurosis are at the heart of his work so much so that at times he reminded me of Doestoevsky although formally he is a bit like Checkov Is he up there with those two Of course not but he is good enough for it not to matter To be fair I found some of his short stories trite and rather dependent on a single twist but the longer stories novellas were uniformally excellent Probably insidious to chose a favourite but I loved Letter from an Unknown Woman every bit as good as the Max Ophuls film Ophuls was also a Vienesse Jew and seems moi sympatico with the work It exhibits many of what I now think of as Zweig s keynotes the work It exhibits many of what I now think of as Zweig s keynotes never described sex is at the heart of things and female sexuality gets eual billing with male He has sympathy with women and often writes from a female perspective Life is cruel full of disjunctures and things tend to end badly In most of the stories one of the central characters dies and than one story ends in suicidePublishing types should also definitely read Mendel the BibliophileGiven all this why was Anders. In this magnificent collection of Stefan Zweig's short stories the very best and worst of human nature are captured with sharp observation understanding and vivi. On so interested Zweig creates or reflects a polyglot and glamerous world I M Sure The Characters Are sure the characters are well dressed and charming and they are probably freuently attractive as well But has Anderson not noticed that they are rarely happy hence the tendency towards suicide Who knowsAnyway this was good enough for me to want to read in chunks so I could savour it longerFootnote as I ve mentioned Zweig writes a glamerous multi national set and freuently talks about sex and obsession When he wants to create a really special female character she is nearly always English Power to his elbow A masterful collection of short stories that cover people s experiences in a smorgasbord selection short stories that cover people s experiences in a smorgasbord selection settings Published over 50 years there are dark tales black humour kindness sadness rich people poor people persecuted races male and female narrators various time periods and various locales Love loss and the power of empathy predominate A truly wonderful set of stories There s a beautifully unhip Swiss restaurant I like to go to where the crowd is old and gin blossomed and still chain smoking where I come home reeking of Vacherin cheese and unpronounceable Alpine liueurs ready to dream of chanterelle mushrooms and Chasselas wine and I imagine myself nodding to my epauletted majordomo on the shore of a Tyrolean lake as the uartet strikes up a Strauss piece and I m unsure whether to ask Baroness Therese or Countess Giulietta to oin me in the waltzErgo my love of Stefan Zweig Each story possesses at least some form of absolute wonder and Amok stands out as some of his finest work a miniature novel on par with Chess Story And all are stories made poignant by the way their world was destroyed along with Zweig himself If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewFluency and Rhythm The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig by Stefan Zweig Anthea Bell TransWhat an amazing collection of short stories this is There are ten stories in all each based on a moment when history turns on the action of an individual or event The book I read after SS was Chess Story which is a short story that eased me into his uniue style of storytelling the anticipation the angst that he D empathy Ranging from love and death to faith restored and hope regained these stories present a master at work at the top of his form Perfectly paced and brimm. ,