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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, 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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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
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  • Longitud de impresión: 500
  • Editor: Plunkett Lake Press (4 de septiembre de 2011)
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  • Idioma: Inglés
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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
Formato:Versión Kindle
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 Follow up to the movie Budapest Hotel 27 de junio de 2014
Por tobias - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
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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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Zweig and Gotterdammerung 11 de mayo de 2014
Por otto k - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Zweig, perhaps more than any other writer, encapsulated what it was like to be privileged, intelligent and living in a world about to be toppled from an impossible pedestal. In "The World of Yesterday" he aptly describes its impossibilities, delusions and fantasies. Among them were the impossible ideals Zweig himself espoused: a pan-European state, a universal brotherhood of like minded intellectuals, and an obsessive veneration for the past. As an artist his unrivaled popularity perhaps led to his unwillingness to fight against the dark forces that collapsed Europe during his lifetime. He always choose flight over fight, eventually committing suicide with his new bride in a remote location in Brazil, a place he somehow imagined would resurrect a facsimile of his shattered world. (Unlike innumerable Germanic Europeans - Mann, Arendt, Adorno, Einstein, to name a few - who fled Europe in the 30's and stayed in the US to fight fascism.) There are many lessons to be drawn from"..Yesterday", the most important being the impossibility of knowing when "it can't happen here" will, as it invariably does, happen. For a better written, contemporaneous, and more insightful record of the era described by Zweig, read the diaries of Count Harry Kessler. It is unsurpassed as a record those tumultuous times.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A great rediscovery and companion piece to Memoirs of an AntiSemite. 6 de abril de 2014
Por Whackercarthy - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Stefan Zweig was probably one of the greatest 20th century writers.
His work was forgotten until recently and is undergoing a revival with one or two of his novels scheduled for the Big Screen,
Unlike Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, The World of Yesterday does cover the period of overt and unrestrained anti-antisemitism, especially in Austria, his birth place, from the beginnings of Nazism up to the WW11. He was revered in his own lifetime, even in his youth , for his writings.His milieu included the most gifted writers and poets in Europe.He barely escaped with his life by first fleeing Austria just as the Nazis came to power by relocating to Paris, then the UK, then the US and then to Brasil. However, like many, he succumbed to the metal pressures of estrangement and I presume the pressures of the daily worry about missing relatives and tragically ended his own life in 1943 in Brasil. Unfortunately, he didn't live to see the demise of the Nazis.His loss was huge to literature and history. The book is excellent written both in style and content. A must read if only to pay tribute to a great man and ensure that his memory lives on, despite the best efforts of his odious enemies.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Hard read. But very informative. 30 de septiembre de 2012
Por GreyFox - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
I bought this book because it is quoted frequently in writings about inflation and about how the Nazis came to power in Nazi Germany.

The book seems to have four different subjects:

1. Impressions about how people lived in Austria and other parts of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century.

2. Most of the book is about the desire and the struggle of the author to become a writer and is concerned with the arts in general: Writing, music, theater, and the people engaged in those pursuits

3. Impressions about the effects of inflation.

4. Descriptions of how the Hitler group acquired and enforced their power and how they affected the lives of the populace.

I am a history buff so I found the first area interesting.

I have zero interest in the arts so I found the second area a colossal bore and actually skipped much of it. I did find it fascinating that one single person could meet and become acquainted with so many famous people.

My primary interest was inflation and the book is well worth the time and effort to learn of the effects of inflation on peoples lives. Note, this is not the theory of what causes inflation. It is observations of how inflation affects the daily lives of citizens.

Finally I have a keen interest in how the Nazis took over Germany and how they did it so quickly starting with almost nothing. This book shines considerable light on that process. In one example he describes how the original gangs of the Hitler thugs, when they first appeared, arrived in multiple brand new cars, with brand new uniforms and caps and arm bands. They would attack a meeting, beat up everyone they could catch with rubber truncheons, then on command beat an orderly, well practiced, retreat to their motorcade and be gone before anyone had time to call the police, much less time for the police to arrive. This was occurring at the time Hitler was still meeting in the beer hall and had no money to support such efforts. The question arises: "Where did these groups get the money for the equipment and training".

The author suggests an interesting theory. Read it and see what you think.
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