Read & Download ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú Stefan ZweigLeasant and slightly old ashioned hue the novella s plots are usually secondary are usually just mechanisms Ajax is All About Attack for the discovery and representation of characterThese characters are often enough extremists their character traits exaggeratedor effect whether Zweig needed this effect to invigorate his imagination or he purposefully used it to attract readers I don t know He was commercially very successful The young man in Verwirrung der Gef hle who afforded his America the Philosophical firstreedom when he went to Berlin to study at university went The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North from a total submersion in drink and sex to an eually total dedication to a charismatic professor and his studies the professor who vacillated between a nearly impossible inspirational magnetism and a cold gray lifelessness the totally obsessed collector of art prints in Die unsichtbare Sammlung the totally monomaniacalount of all antiuarian publication knowledge in Buchmendel the totally monomaniacal chessmaster in Schachnovelle5 You see the emerging pattern6Such extremists exist of course but ortunately they can be seen also as heightened versions of much common types of person the young man trying to ind himself the tired and disillusioned professor warming himself on the admiring radiations of his students the collector the specialist the powerfully gifted in one particular aspect alone Although I had to whisper to myself occasionally that the idealized extremes were just artistic gestures there were many moments when I exclaimed while reading these stories That is it exactly or God do I remember that or Bullseye Though exaggerated how truthful the inexperienced insecure hero worshipping student was how convincing and poignant the necessarily deeply closeted homosexual professor whose life had been so profoundly deformed by his malinformed and despising environment how precise the insight into the self made nature of our interests obsessions and illusions in the collector and antiuarian and chessmasterThere is yet to be The Northman's Bride found in Zweig s works like the conseuencesor ordinary people of the German hyperinflation in the 1920 s in Die unsichtbare Sammlung and those or alien citizens of enemy states during World War I in Buchmendel but or a change I ll keep this review relatively short Just pick up particularly Schachnovelle or Verwirrung der Gef hle and watch a master of empathy at work With the exception of Ungeduld des Herzens Zweig published no novels during his lifetime Translated with the title Confusion The Invisible Collection Buchmendel5 Chess Story6 Of course this is a pattern with exceptions For example in the third story in this collection Unvermutete Bekanntschaft mit einem Handwerk the reader remains in the author s mind as he watches the crowds in the streets of Paris slowly recognizes a pickpocket at work then excitedly Cherry Bomb follows him around the city This rings so true at least until I sense his knackor heightening exert itself that
I have to believe that the story is based upon a real incident Here one observes Zweig s empathic processhave to believe that the story is based upon a real incident Here one observes Zweig s empathic process work as he increasingly identifies with the pickpocket to the point that he sets up analogues between the Handwerk of a pickpocket and that of a writer and when the inevitable occurs is concerned with the nabbed in Leading the Way flagranti pickpocket than with his own wallet Rating Collectors have a peculiarorm of addiction an obsession that turns them into esoteric connoisseurs The waning days of the Weimar RepublicThose at the apogee of the inflation rocket are wallowing in oodles of cash than enough to build valuable art collections while those unfortunate souls but one degree below are struggling to put a simple meal on the table before the next impending devaluationA prestigious Berlin Art Dealer Has Seen art dealer has seen inventory gobbled up by the nouveau riche and his bank balance decimated to the bone by insatiable inflation He seeks out a provincial collector who has patronized the amily gallery or generations A man he has never met The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace face toaceWhen he knocks on the village door the A man he has never met When Red Cried Wolf face toaceWhen he knocks on the village door the meets a blind man who has no idea that his impressive portfolios are illed with nothing but copies of the missing masterpieces and blank sheets of paper since his desperate wife and daughter have sold the originals to eed the The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing familyPage by memorized page that he can no longer see the excited blind man confidently gives the dealer a minutely detailed tour of his life s passion his accomplishment his pride and joy that was as transitory as life itselfThis is the genius of Stefan Zweig at play A writer whose short stories have impact than novels. Extraordinary emotion stories of all that is human crushed by the movements of history of letters thatill a young heart or drive a person towards death of obsession and desire They will stay with the reader Song of the Forest for ev. Donna herself has come to protect her portrait When the painterinds her she is sprawled to resemble the adjacent older picture This strange miracle making the lonely Jewish girl honour the Madonna in her death hide spoiler I have an old picture of this guy I used in her death hide spoiler I have an old picture of this guy I used know I guess I could refer to him as my ex but our relationship was too messy to even be called a proper romantic relationship which means he can t be an ex exactly He s just Phil The riendship between Phil and I Weathered A Lot weathered a lot the years the push pull of attraction intermittent guilt about said attraction bad timing missed opportunities the respective issues we were trying to ix by ourselves and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena for ourselves which often meant long periods apartor all kinds of reasons But we could stay riends through all of it because of the absolute trust we had that we would never judge each other and always have a shoulder to cry on if we just asked Like I said it was messy but under the mess there was something solid that I cherished And I m not sure when the bottom ell out but one day I was going to send him a message about something silly when I noticed he had removed me Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights from his socials I neveround out why Maybe seeing me happy with someone else was too hard Still Life with Chickens for him maybe his partner had given him an ultimatum about being in touch with someone read a girl he d been so close toor so long But whatever the reason it hurt in a really weird wayReading Zweig s The Invisible Collection made me think of Phil Those characters hurt that way too because their Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea feelings are strong but unresolved and they are confused and powerless to make it right Very often with short stories I getrustrated with the lack of solid resolution the lack of closure But the way Zweig writes make the uncertainty a strength sometimes it s better not to know exactly how things endZweig also had a gift Paradox Bound for taking a reader through a very wide range of emotion in relativelyew pages The title story elt like being put through a wrench and made me wonder if I shouldn t get some sort of notarized document about what should be done with my precious library should I ever be incapacitated The Miracles of Life exhausted me and left me biting my lips and blinking away tears on my metro seat which I didn t expect because the subject matter is not usually one that gets my eels going STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare faith and motherhood are you kidding me Zweig A Story Told in Twilight bottles the dizzying intensity ofirst kisses almost too perfectly and depending on your mood it ll make you smile or cringe And the amous novella Amok is a strange and almost rightening story of secrets battles of will regrets and shame that left me deeply puzzled what if these people had simply said what they meant not played these bizarre high stake social gamesThe theme of the collection is supposed to be desire and obsession but those words can definitely mean than the usual significance we ascribe them The characters in these pages want things that are much complex than love and sex and the nature of their obsessions can be greedy but are really about attachment on a spiritual level It is not the power itself that the exiled Madame de Prie misses so much as what she was in the eyes of others which is a much dangerous thing than simple authority it s her entire identity and sense of self Bob s stupid mistake completely altered his life and made me wonder how often such a simple blunder has derailed a destiny
THE COMMERCIAL COUNSELLOR IS SO ATTACHED TO THE IDEACommercial Counsellor is so attached to the idea his daughter as his child that he utterly Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays forgets that she is not just a daughter but also a woman There is desire and obsession in these pages absolutely but there is also a lot to chew on about how we perceive each other and ourselves and how we want to be perceivedI gave the book 4 stars because a couple of weaker stories bring the collection down a very small notch but Zweig s writing isast becoming some of my Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All favorite despite the strange things it brings upI stuck Phil s picture in Zweig s book when I was done reading it That s where it belongs with that kind of story Maybe one day I lligure out why my good What a Lass Wants friend decided he couldn t be around any and I ll move the picture to a different book Zweig s works have been translated into many languages including EnglishFor me the greatest pleasure in Stefan Zweig s 1881 1942 work is his remarkable empathy and insight into human beings demonstrated in hisictions by profoundly drawn characters who rise bodily and vividly before the reader s wondering eyes Written in a transparent German with a To see it he inds something uite unexpected and is drawn into a peculiar deception of the collector himselfStefan Zweig was a wildly popular writer of compelling short iction in this collection there are peaks of. These are Tales of Obsession and Desire Desire is something to cultivate relish and pursue It might be an unattainable antasy a viable goal or something to chase until we know which it is All can bring pleasure whether guilty
or not Even desires that lead only to the dead end of rustration are usually worth thenot Even desires that lead only to the dead end of The League for the Suppression of Celery frustration are usually worth theor the indulgence along the way But when oft in twilight desire transmogrifies into obsession delusions can engulf and happiness slips away like shadows on a moonless night after the sun has set The shifting shadows enhance the airy tale eel of many of the stories I almost expected magic In a way I Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery found itThe obsessive desires here are varied they re itemised in the spoilered section at the end but many involve the two sides of coins passed between generations inheritance and legacy Some characters are a little exaggerated but they stop short of being caricatures The pain is exuisite sometimes ugly but invariably balanced by beauty There are many deaths mostly self inflicted whether directly or indirectly How and when to be honest about one s knowledgeeelings and experiences are other recurring themesModern readers may be discomfited by the portrayal of some of the women but it s mostly necessary or the nature of the stories and their setting MostlyThe Invisible Collection A knowledgeable light came into his eyes a brightness borrowed rom what he thought he saw Love is blind so what is beauty Is it just in the eye of the proverbial beholder created by belief as much as anything objectively measurableGoethe said Collectors are happy men I m not sure that s true but if so perhaps collecting is an end in itself and it doesn t matter what you collect When is it kinder and honourable to let someone continue to believe a lie The Emperor s New Clothes came to mindTwilightKnow yourself But Madam de Prie was one of those women who are shaped entirely by other people s attitudes As the mistress of a dismissed Prime Minister she is herself dismissed rom the French court She is used to wielding great influence over men and thus events relishing the deceit and intelligence reuired In the twilight of her power she is lost and listless at her lavish country estate the prison of her inner solitude Other people are her mirrors so when she is deprived of *High Society She Is Easily * society she is easily by her own reflection like Dorian Gray seeing his portrait in the atticLike Gatsby she dabbles in new extravagant pleasures and shadows of old ones but inds them wanting Unlike him She had no or else left as leverage How can she make and leave her mark The smile ell rom her lips like a withered leaf The invisible wall of the silence Even the lights seemed to eel it they hissed uietly and wept hot drops of wax The horror in the room cringed in the corner The evening slowly entered the room and she did not Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge feel it Evening seepsrom the walls like dark water The The Outlaw and the Upstart King flameslickered uivering as they elt their way into the dark like someone overheated stepping into a their way into the dark like someone overheated stepping into a bath they retreated came orward again and at last a trembling circular cloud of light arose The Miracles of Life The current was drying up the skill of his Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War fingers in intercepting the words spoken by the eye seemed helpless in theace of his bright dream This is almost a novella It explores artist s block blasphemy redemption and eponymous miracles though mostly of the uotidian rather than supernatural kind the kind that reuire aith The atmosphere is a mix of airytale Kafka and religious allegoryAn artist is commissioned to paint Madonna and child in gratitude Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul for the miracle of healing the second of a promised pair in a side chapel of the cathedral In the difficult process of selecting and persuading a model then putting paint to canvas shades of The Emperor s New Clothes again he encounters many possible minor miracles as well as great struggles about the ethics of basing the Madonna on a mortal woman let alone a Jewish one He befriends his young andearful sitter and strives to achieve the miracle of conversion He considers the everyday miracles of conception and the ability of children to call orth the devoted kindness of women and they then give it back to the children It s almost miraculous when He elt creative power in him like hot young blood making him closer to the secret of divine power and the unlimited abundance of life There are dramatic sights towards the end that some see as miracles view spoilerAs Esther defended the picture of her and the baby she had grown to love the rioting mob think Speak Through the Wind for a moment that the Ma. This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered old art dealer that I am'It is perhaps theinest art collection of its kind acuired through a lifetime of sacrifice but when a dealer comes.