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Stefan Zweig

(1881-1942 / Austria)

Stefan Zweig
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Stefan Zweig (November 28, 1881, Schottenring 14, Innere Stadt, Vienna, Austria – February 22, 1942, Petrópolis, Brazil) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist ,poet and biographer.

Stefan Zweig was a prominent writer in the 1920s and 1930s. Though he is still well-known in many European countries, his work has become less familiar in the anglophone world. Since the 1990s there has been an effort on the part of several publishers (notably Pushkin Press and New York Review of Books) to get Zweig back into print in English.

Zweig is best known for his novellas (notably The Royal Game, Amok, Letter from an Unknown Woman - filmed in 1948 by Max Ophuls), novels ... more »

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  • It is a law of life that human beings, even the geniuses among them, do not pride themselves on their actual achievements but that they want to impress others, want to be admired and respected because...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Balzac, p. 370, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1959).
  • ''Immanuel Kant lived with knowledge as with his lawfully wedded wife, slept with it in the same intellectual bed for forty years and begot an entire German race of philosophical systems.''
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 256, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1...
  • With Nietzsche, the black pirates' flag appears for the first time on the high sea of German knowledge. (He is) a different man, from a different race, (his,) a new kind of heroism, philosophy ... wit...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 300, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1...
  • Against my will, I became a witness to the most terrible defeat of reason and to the most savage triumph of brutality ever chronicled ... never before did a generation suffer such a moral setback afte...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), p. 8, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955).
  • ''Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.''
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), p. 385, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955)...
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