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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).
  • Human life is so strangely constituted that even perfected intellectual understanding combined with the richest experience is incapable of conquering innate weaknesses. Even if it thoroughly analyzes ...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Balzac, pp. 187188, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1959).
  • As nature requires whirlwinds and cyclones to release its excessive force in a violent revolt against its own existence, so the spirit requires a demonic human being from time to time whose excessive ...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 322, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1...
  • ''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...
  • Only the rare expands our minds, only as we shudder in the face of a new force do our feelings increase. Therefore the extraordinary is always the measure of all greatness. And the creative element al...
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 180, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1...
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