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The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig: Burning Secret, A Chess Story, Fear, Confusion, Journey into the Past Paperback – 27 May 2021

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'Vintage Zweig' -- The Times

'Breathtaking ... the final sentence [of
Burning Secret] is unlike anything I have ever read before' -- Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

'Zweig brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of German-speaking central Europe: cultured, humane, but unable to overcome its inner demons and political madness' -- David Herman,
Jewish Chronicle

A Chess Story is] perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game'-- Economist

The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig, which I had never read despite a long and ardent admiration of Zweig, includes Burning Secret, about a boy and childish passion, which wrings the heart' -- Antonia Fraser, New Statesman Books of the Year 2017

'Zweig's writing is some of the most brilliant of the 20th century. His novellas all begin so innocently. By the time they have ended, you feel he has prised you open, played with your own sympathies, and exposed you to your own imperfect humanity' --

'A captivating mix... [Zweig] generates momentum out of extremes in thought and feeling, the turbulent negotiations between inner and exterior lives, but he is happiest in mixed feelings, in detecting minute alterations in head and heart' --

Confusion is] a marvellously poised account of misunderstood motives, thwarted love, and sublimated desires' -- Robert MacFarlane, Times Literary Supplement

Fear is] brilliant, unusual and haunting ... Stefan Zweig's time of oblivion is over for good' --Salman Rushdie, The New York Times

About the Author

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Between the wars, Zweig was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London, Bath and New York--a period during which he produced his most celebrated works: his only novel, Beware of Pity, and his memoir, The World of Yesterday. He eventually settled in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pushkin Press (27 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1782277072
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1782277071
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.88 x 2.41 x 19.79 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Stefan Zweig (/zwaɪɡ, swaɪɡ/; German: [tsvaɪk]; November 28, 1881 in Vienna – February 22, 1942 in Petrópolis) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world.

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