All posts tagged: Stefan Zweig

My Top 10 New Releases of 2016

I’m getting in early with my Top 10 New Releases for this year for three reasons. I don’t think I’ll read any more new releases this year, and I suspect that any I do won’t be up to the standards of my top ten. I’ve started studying again and blogging takes up a lot of time (if you let it), so I’ve written this in the past (i.e. last week) before my class starts so I can prioritise reading loads of potentially less exciting stuff. This is probably going to be my last post for a while which means there will soon be tumbleweeds rolling through this little corner of the internet. I’m helping you guys out! Maybe there’ll be a book on here you can ask someone to sneak under the Christmas tree for you (or you can sneak it under there yourself), or maybe there’s the perfect book on here for a reader you know. If you don’t do Christmas, maybe there’s a book on here you can buy just because (which, as …

Book Review – ‘Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman’

Title: Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman Author: Stefan Zweig (translated by Anthea Bell) Genre: Literary Fiction Release Date: 4th February, 2016 Rating: ★★★★ “‘The less I felt in myself, the more strongly I was drawn to those places where the whirligig of life spins most rapidly.’ So begins an extraordinary day in the life of Mrs C – recently bereaved and searching for excitement and meaning. Drawn to the bright lights of a casino, and the passion of a desperate stranger, she discovers a purpose once again but at what cost? In this vivid and moving tale of a compassionate woman, and her defining experience, Zweig explores the power of intense love, overwhelming loneliness and regret that can last for a lifetime.” (Pushkin Press) I’m starting to get to the point with Stefan Zweig that any comments I make about his work should be preceded by a disclaimer that goes something along the lines of, “In my eyes, he can do no wrong.” So if you read any further, you should keep in my …

Six Degrees of Separation // ‘Flowers in the Attic’

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It goes like this: “On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.” Then you head on over to Kate’s blog and link up. Easy. This is my very first Six Degrees of Separation and it was so much fun to do. I would encourage everyone to join in – you might even learn some weird bookish facts on the way. And there’s very little in the way of rules, which is lucky for me because I think my links are the loosest ones in the history of any chains and are tenuous at best. Oh well. The starting point for this month’s chain, is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Published in 1979, I haven’t read this book, but I have read the most …

Book Review – ‘Messages from a Lost World’

Title: Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink Author: Stefan Zweig, translated by Will Stone Genre: Non-fiction (essays) Release Date: January 28, 2016 Rating: ★★★★★ “As Europe faced its darkest days, Stefan Zweig was a passionate voice for tolerance, peace and a world without borders. In these moving, ardent essays, speeches and articles, composed before and during the Second World War, one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers mounts a defence of European unity against terror and brutality. From the dreamlike ‘The Sleepless World’, written in 1914, through the poignant ‘The Vienna of Yesterday’, to the impassioned ‘In This Dark Hour’, one of his final addresses, given in 1941, Zweig envisages a Europe free of nationalism and pledged to pluralism, culture and brotherhood. These haunting lost messages, all appearing in English for the first time and some newly discovered, distill Zweig’s courage, belief and richness of learning to give the essence of a writer; a spiritual will and testament to stand alongside his memoir, The World of Yesterday. Brief and yet intense, they are …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Messages from a Lost World’

Teaser 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 …

Book Review – ‘The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig’

Title: The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig Author: Stefan Zweig (translated by Anthea Bell) Genre: Literary Fiction Release Date: 2nd February, 2016 Rating: ★★★★ “A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers’ reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales-meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal. To read anything by Zweig is to risk addiction; in this collection the power of his writing-which, with its unabashed intensity and narrative drive, made him one of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world-is clear and irresistible. Each of these stories is a bolt of experience, unforgettable and unique.” (Pushkin Press) The first thing you need to know about this collection is that you have to stick with it. Some of the stories take a little time to warm into but if you take the time to work through them, it’ll be worth it. As a whole, I think the collection is a good showcase of Stefan …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig’

Teaser 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 was spoilt for choice this week as I currently have five books on the go, which basically goes against everything I stand for because I’ve always been a pretty monogamous sort of reader and just stick to one at a time. There are a couple of reasons I have so many on the go: first because I started two books during the 24in48 readathon and didn’t finish them (you can read all about my weekend spent in bed reading here); and the other reason is the subject of this week’s Teaser Tuesday – The Collected Novells of Stefan Zweig. At 384 pages it isn’t really that long, but some of the novellas have been a little hard to get into, so I sat it aside and read something else …