The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig: Burning Secret, A Chess Story, Fear, Confusion, Journey into the Past (Hardcover)

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By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
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A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers' reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales--meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal.

To read anything by Zweig is to risk addiction; in this collection the power of his writing--which, with its unabashed intensity and narrative drive, made him one of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world--is clear and irresistible. Each of these stories is a bolt of experience, unforgettable and unique.
Five of Stefan Zweig's most powerful novellas, containing some of his most famous and best-loved work:


   • Burning Secret
   • A Chess Story 
   • Fear
   • Confusion
   • Journey into the Past
(Stand alone paperback editions of individual novellas from Pushkin and New York Review of Books will remain in print.)

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.

Praise For…


"As much in his novellas as in his short stories, the Austrian writer’s psychological acuity brought his protagonists and their dilemmas vividly to life... A rediscovery of Zweig through this book gives an enlightening perspective on the past century and how we got where we are today." — BlogCritics.org
Burning Secret
'Breathtaking ... the final sentence is unlike anything I have ever read before' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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

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

Confusion
'A marvellously poised account of misunderstood motives, thwarted love, and sublimated desires' Robert Macfarlane, TLS
 
Journey into the Past
'Vintage Stefan Zweig--lucid, tender, powerful and compelling' Independent
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782271772
ISBN-10: 1782271775
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English
 
 
 

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