The Impossible Exile

The Impossible Exile

Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

Book - 2014
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By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories, and biographies were so compelling that they became instant best sellers. Zweig was also an intellectual and a lover of all the arts, high and low. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis—where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he killed himself. The Impossible Exile tells the tragic story of Zweig’s extraordinary rise and fall while it also depicts, with great acumen, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the consuming struggle of those forced to forsake one for the other. It also reveals how Zweig embodied, through his work, thoughts, and behavior, the end of an era—the implosion of Europe as an ideal of Western civilization.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781590516126
Branch Call Number: 921 Zweig
Description: 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 29, 2017

Well written and very informative.

Jun 11, 2015

A very engagingly written book, though with some serious shortcomings: no table of contents, no notes of any usefulness, no bibliography of the subjects' works, and no index. It also doesn't cover his works (with three or four exceptions), nor is the chronology clear.
Having said all that I should think that it would merit two stars, but its so well written that it still deserves four.


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