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The World of Yesterday, mailed to his publisher a few days before Stefan Zweig took his life in 1942, has become a classic of the memoir genre. Originally titled “Three Lives,” the memoir describes Vienna of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire, the world between the two world wars and the Hitler years.
Translated from the German by Benjamin W. Huebsch and Helmut Ripperger; with an introduction by Harry Zohn, 34 illustrations, a chronology of Stefan Zweig’s life and a new bibliography, by Randolph Klawiter, of works by and about Stefan Zweig in English.
“The best single memoir of Old Vienna by any of the city’s native artists.” — Clive James
“A book that should be read by anyone who is even slightly interested in the creative imagination and the intellectual life, the brute force of history upon individual lives, the possibility of culture and, quite simply, what it meant to be alive between 1881 and 1942.” — The Guardian
“It is not so much a memoir of a life as it is the memento of an age.” — The New Republic
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“The World of Yesterday is one of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century, as perfect in its evocation of the world Zweig loved as it is in its portrayal of how that world was destroyed.”—David Hare, award–winning playwright and director of film and theater
“The very success with which this book evokes both the beauty of the past and the fatality of its passing is what gives it tragic effectiveness. It is not so much a memoir of a life as it is the memento of an age, and the author seems, in his own phrase, to be the narrator at an illustrated lecture. The illustrations are provided by time, but his choice is brilliant and the narration is evocative.”—New Republic
"The autobiography of the internationally famous biographer and dramatist is a chronicle of three ages: the golden days of Vienna that ended with World War I; that war and its aftermath; and the Hitler years. Three ages do come to life in Zweig's book."—Publishers Weekly
"When I opened it, I immediately felt that rare thrill one experiences when meeting a great book."—Newsday.com
"A searing memoir."—Intelligent Life --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005LY3T4E
- Publisher : Plunkett Lake Press (4 Sept. 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 15271 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 497 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 173,414 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book offers hugely interesting insights into the causal factors of the First World War (a great folly resulting from the ineptitude of the political leaders in key European states) and the development of fascism within both Austria and Germany. We are also introduced to many of the great literary figures of the age, amongst them was the author himself, and the context provided by the book helps us to understand the drivers for their work.
This is a very worthwhile read.
He has some interesting asides and stories, but devolves into hero worship of artists who history treats as footnotes. At times his writing about the sexual and social climate before and after WW1 reads exactly like the archetypal 60s radical writing about either side of 1969.
It's interesting if you want to look at the milieu in which central ideas of the 20th and 21st century, like Freud's psychoanalysis and Popper's Open Society, were born. If you want a neatly written or concise book, it's not for you.
I was searching the second hand book and i got it in Cassell Biographies. It is very remarkable autobiography and very sad indeed that the author finished his precious life before the Second World War ended. Long before Lord Edward Grey declared at the beginning of Great War ^ The lights of Europe are put out, we shall never see them again in our lifetime.^ He was correct so as Mr Stefan Zweig that culture of the Europe is completely destroyed.
He correctly writes ^There was no protection,no security against being constantly made aware of things and being drawn into them. There was no country to which one could flee , no quiet one could purchase; always and everywhere the hand of fate seized us and dragged us back in its insatiable play.^
The world is remembering the trauma of great war as Centenary has quietly passed. We hope the civilized people would never allow the vision of nuclear Apocalypse come true to destroy the world again and politics should dominate the literature and other fine arts. It is disheartening that no new edition of this fine book was published recently and people knew little about this book and its author.
At last i quote from the book ^Only that which wills to preserve itself has the right to be preserved for others. So choose and speak for me, ye memories, and at least give some reflection of my life before it sinks into the dark!^
I very strongly recommend this fine autobiography to be read by every one who is interested in the history, literature and great authors.