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The World of Yesterday (English Edition) [Versión Kindle]

Stefan Zweig , B. W. Huebsch , Helmut Ripperger

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""The World of Yesterday" is one of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century, as perfect in its evocation of the world Zweig loved as it is in its portrayal of how that world was destroyed."--David Hare, award-winning playwright and director of film and theater--David Hare

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The World of Yesterday, mailed to his publisher a few days before Stefan Zweig took his life in 1942, has become a classic of the memoir genre. Originally titled “Three Lives,” the memoir describes Vienna of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire, the world between the two world wars and the Hitler years.

Translated from the German by Benjamin W. Huebsch and Helmut Ripperger; with an introduction by Harry Zohn, 34 illustrations, a chronology of Stefan Zweig’s life and a new bibliography, by Randolph Klawiter, of works by and about Stefan Zweig in English.

“The best single memoir of Old Vienna by any of the city’s native artists.” — Clive James

“A book that should be read by anyone who is even slightly interested in the creative imagination and the intellectual life, the brute force of history upon individual lives, the possibility of culture and, quite simply, what it meant to be alive between 1881 and 1942.” — The Guardian

“It is not so much a memoir of a life as it is the memento of an age.” — The New Republic

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Amazon.com: 4.6 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  100 opiniones
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas May I suggest complimenting the World of Yesterday with Florian Illies' 1913? 7 de noviembre de 2013
Por David H. Gustafson - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is an amazing memoir with an unbelievable cast of characters bringing to life the brilliance of Europe before it fell into the mass grave of the First World War.

Half way through I picked up Florian Illies' 1913, chronicling month-by-month, the personal struggles, wandering, eccentricities and triumphs of many of Europe's literary, intellectual and historical stars. I would then compliment each chapter of Zweig's memoir with a month or two from Florian's small masterpiece referencing many of the same characters.

May I recommend them both simultaneously!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A fabulous find 15 de septiembre de 2013
Por Richard Harrington - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I recently discovered Zweig, sad to admit because I'm 71 years of age and have a graduate degree. This book is a description of a world gone by. For simplification, think of the lyrics to the songs in Romberg's "Student Prince". The Vienna, the Austria of old, how wonderful, The Viennese waltz, the decorum of the times, etc. After one reads this, one begins to think that Zweig is a bit fragile, even naïve. But you want to read his other books as well.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The World of Yesterday 20 de julio de 2014
Por S Riaz - Publicado en Amazon.com
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On reading this book, my first thought is that this is much more than a biography. It is a portrait of an era and a love letter to Stefan Zweig’s beloved Europe; written after he was forced into exile by the onslaught of fascism. However, the book begins with Zweig growing up in Austria, prior to WWI, in, what he terms, the Golden Age of Security. Austria seemed to have a stable government and consistency in the Habsburg monarchy. There was a sense of order and everyone knew their place in society. Despite Zweig’s remembrances being a little rose-tinted, there are hints that not all was perfect. He admits to finding school pointless and dreary, complains about the lack of natural relationships between men and women and sneers at the duellists at university. Throughout the book, Zweig’s love is for literature and he opts to study philosophy not out of any love for the subject, but because he believes it will inconvenience him the least and leave him time to write.

There are many portraits of other authors, musicians and artists in this book. Zweig suggests that European Jewry saw their support of the arts as a way in which they could make their mark and find a niche for themselves – other avenues, like the army, being virtually barred to them. Luckily, it was an area he adored and he spent much of his time collecting memorabilia from those he admired. He writes of the unrest leading up to WWI and recalls how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was greeted without distress, as he was generally unpopular. Zweig is always utterly honest in his writing, admitting, “there is nothing heroic in my nature,” and that he had a perfectly natural desire to evade dangerous situations. That said, he procured a post in the library at the War Archives, where he wrote movingly of his desire for a united Europe. He always resisted war and hatred and found Austria a different place after the war, with no Kaiser, financial chaos and raging inflation.

He also writes about his travels; to Paris, Berlin, London, India, America, Italy and a fascinating account of his visit to Russia. When Zweig asked his Russian publisher why he had not fled on the outbreak of the revolution, the Russian admitted that he had not believed the situation would last. Along with an anonymous note advising him not to take all he heard and saw at face value, Zweig was much more likely to question when fascism began to rise in Europe, suggesting that people used self deception because of a reluctance to abandon their accustomed life. Still, it made him more aware of the problems ahead. Despite being financially secure and imagining his life was settled, he found he was standing on very unstable ground.

Although the decade after the war was enjoyable for Stefan Zweig, as the 1930’s began, life became more difficult. By 1934, when his friends began to avoid him and he suffered the indignity of having his house searched, Zweig left for London, where he stayed for some years. Although he returned to Austria in 1937, he found nobody was prepared to listen to his warnings and it is obvious that, during this time, he felt terrible despair. In his fifties, he found himself homeless, stateless and with the possibility of becoming an enemy alien, if England went to war with Germany.

Despite much of Zweig’s musings being both moving and, at times, deeply saddened by events in his beloved Austria, this is by no means a depressing book. It is filled with anecdotes of literary and artistic life, of travel and his delight of discovery and friendship. At all times, Zweig is humane, intelligent and understanding company. If you have any interest in Europe, especially around the time of the first world war, this will present you with a vibrant and enticing portrait of a lost world. It is obvious that it’s loss saddened Zweig and that he was unable to come to terms with life as an exile – sadly committing suicide in Brazil in 1942. His death was a tragic loss to literature and it is wonderful that his books are now being translated into English. According to Zweig, his books never received much success in England, but that was surely our loss and it is wonderful that his work is now being rediscovered.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The Stefan Zweig Classic: 24 de noviembre de 2013
Por Anne-Marie - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This little classic is really a memoir of life before World War II and Adolf Hitler by one of the bestselling authors in Europe, a man who loved to write so much that he said that "work is my vacation." Reading this book is bittersweet, like being taken on a lovely tour that you know is going to end badly. Still, there is something to come that you can't be prepared for. I see this book reminds some people of songs. For me it is Duran Duran's nostalgic "Ordinary World".
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Follow up to the movie Budapest Hotel 27 de junio de 2014
Por tobias - Publicado en Amazon.com
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After seeing the movie Budapest Hotel, I wondered about the author of the short story that provided the basis for this movie and whose statue was celebrated in the first scene, the Austrian author Stephan Zweig. The book is mostly about Europe, specifically Austria and mostly Vienna before WWI. He elicits the seemingly carefree atmosphere among the people prior to this war and how the leaders managed to change the character of the people, manipulating them into this disastrous war. The account turns dark later in the book as he recounts the feelings in Europe as WWII approached, the widespread madness the seized the population, the demonic onslaught of the Nazis and the immense destruction, including the intellectual wasting of a generation of writers, poets, musicians, and scientists. Zweig is able to capture the atmosphere in his very fine writing style. (I I can understand why he became so famous during the first half of the century.) Although nominally an autobiography, Zweig tells us little about his personal life. For example, he refers about 2/3rd of the way though the book for the first time to his wife. When he married and under what circumstances was never mentioned. I'm not even sure that he had any children. Yet, the man, Zweig, comes though the writing very clearly and sympathetically.. I wish I knew him.
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