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Overview Offers a collection of four stories that analyse emotional dilemmas: a doctor torn between his medical duty and his own mixed emotions; a maidservant whose devotion to her master leads her to commit a terrible act; a hotel waiter in love with an aristocratic beauty; and a First World War POW longing to be home again in Russia.
A doctor in the Dutch East Indies torn between his medical duty to help and his own mixed emotions; a middle-aged maidservant whose devotion to her master leads her to commit a terrible act; a hotel waiter whose love for an unapproachable aristocratic beauty culminates in an almost lyrical death and a prisoner of war longing to be home again in Russia. In these four stories, Stefan Zweig shows his gift for the acute analysis of emotional dilemmas. His four tragic and moving cameos of the human condition are played out against cosmopolitan and colonial backgrounds in the first half of the 20th century.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 23, 2007
Publisher Pushkin Press
ISBN 1901285669 ISBN13 9781901285666
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More About Stefan Zweig & Anthea Bell
Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian novelist, journalist, biographer, and playwright prominent in the 1920s and 1930s. He is the author of several books, including the novels Beware of Pity and Confusion of Feelings and the biography Conqueror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan. Anthea Bell has translated many French, German, Danish, and Polish literary works into English. Her translations include Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoir The Pianist, W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, and numerous works of children's literature.
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Variations on a theme Jun 12, 2008
Stefan Zweig is a superb story teller, and the four stories in this volume, all ending in the suicide of the principal character, are full of atmospheric descriptions - of character, of landscape, of atmosphere - and of narrative tension. It does not really matter that the first two stories are inherently incredible. In each of these there is a man instantly possessed to the point of madness by an elegant woman, in each case a social superior. Class and race differences play a strong role: in the first case, set in the Dutch East Indies, the wealthy wife of a merchant is superior to a doctor and the white doctor is superior to the natives; in the second the worshipper of the baroness is a waiter. The third story is more credible, and here it is a peasant servant who is devoted to her baronial master.
Zweig's obsession with suicide in these stories of course have a particular poignancy in view of his own suicide, nowhere more so than in the last story, in which a Russian commits suicide far from home. This was written in 1936, two years after he had himself left his native Austria and six years before he ended his own life in a foreign land.
Supern writing Dec 21, 2007
A superbly written colection of four stories, two long, two short,that are really about what love does to people. Not necessarily happy stories but great story-telling by one of the 20th century's greatest writers.