The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

George Prochnik


An unique examine of exile, instructed in the course of the biography of Austrian author Stefan Zweig, the guy who encouraged The Grand Budapest Hotel
 
By the Nineteen Thirties, Stefan Zweig had turn into the main extensively translated dwelling writer on the planet. His novels, brief tales, and biographies have been so compelling that they turned speedy most sensible . Zweig used to be additionally an highbrow and a lover of all of the arts, low and high. but after Hitler’s upward thrust to energy, this celebrated author who had devoted a lot strength to selling overseas humanism plummeted, in an issue of some years, into an more and more remoted exile—from London to tub to long island urban, then Ossining, Rio, and eventually Petrópolis—where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he killed himself.
 
The most unlikely Exile tells the tragic tale of Zweig’s amazing upward push and fall whereas it additionally depicts, with nice acumen, the gulf among the realm of rules in Europe and in the US, and the eating fight of these pressured to forsake one for the opposite. It additionally unearths how Zweig embodied, via his paintings, recommendations, and behaviour, the tip of an era—the implosion of Europe as an excellent of Western civilization.

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