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Teaser Tuesday – ‘Messages from a Lost World’

Messages from a Lost WorldTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!

I’m not too far into this collection of essays by Stefan Zweig, but if the beginnings of this first are anything to go by, I’m in for a treat.

Although these essays were written over half a century ago, they have no less meaning today, particularly in this time of technology, when things like social media make the world seem so much smaller. Although Zweig was writing about Europe, it isn’t a far stretch to read them as though he were writing about the world today:

“Today no one can be alone with himself and his destiny, each peers out furtively into the far distance. At night, at the hour when he lies awake in his safely locked, guarded house, thoughts turn to friends and those far away: perhaps, at the same hour, a measure of his destiny is fulfilled, a cavalry charge in a Galician village, a naval attack, everything that has happened at every second across thousands and thousands of miles, all that relates to his one single life.”

What are you reading this week?




    • You should – I think you’d like his little biography of Montaigne.
      I’ve been pre-approved by Pushkin Press on NetGalley and they are republishing a lot of his books, so I can them for free from there and I don’t have to wait to be approved!
      I think I’m going to spend most of my time reading these essays highlighting lines and thinking about how much they apply to today.


  1. Deepika Ramesh says

    That’s deep, and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂 I recently read Zweig’s ‘Chess’ for a readathon, and loved it.


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