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Following the success of other Stefan Zweig stories, Pushkin publishes two more in their Classics series. In "Twilight," a fashionable lady is banished from Versailles by the king. She tries to survive living alone in the country, but although she entertains lovers and friends, she comes to find existence intolerable. In "Moonbeam Alley," a traveler delayed in a French port explores the sailors' quarter. Enticed by a voice singing a Weber aria to a bar near the harbor, he learns the story of those who run it and frequent it: a tale of unrequited passion, a sham marriage, and violence.
Stefan Zweig, novelist, biographer, poet, and translator, was born in 1881 in Vienna and died in Brazil in 1942.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Pushkin Press
ISBN 190128557X ISBN13 9781901285574
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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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More Unforgettable Storytelling! Jun 20, 2008
Pushkin Press is to be thanked for bringing the work of Stefan Zweig back into circulation in English. In a series of wonderful little books, they've restored Zweig's expert storytelling to those of us unable (or unwilling) to read him in the original German. The two included here indicate Zweig's grasp of history as well as his psychological insights into human character. "Twilight" explores the gradual mental and emotional collapse of a French aristocrat exiled from court to the countryside of Normandy. When she realizes that she has been forgotten by her friends at court, she conceives a plan to stage a spectacular suicide. (As someone who wrote a famed biography of Marie Antoinette, Zweig understood the French courts well.) The lesser "Moonbeam Alley" is the first-person narrative of a German man drawn into a sleazy little nightclub in a French port, where his life becomes tangled with the lives of the locals. I anxiously await the next installment of Pushkin's Zweig series!