Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Stefan Zweig, from Oliver Matuschek’s seminal biography to Wes Anderson’s claims of Zweig’s influence on his work. Though in the 1930s Zweig was one of the world’s foremost literary celebrities, this icon of the Viennese cultural renaissance became troubled by the rise of Hitler and spent his last years in an increasingly isolated exile — from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis — ending in his suicide in 1942. In The Impossible Exile, distinguished author and Greenlight neighbor George Prochnik offers social, psychological, cultural, and political context for Zweig’s work and life. Both a compelling psychological study of Zweig and an examination of the cultural and political landscape of pre-War Vienna, the book presents a nuanced meditation on the experience of exile. Prochnik talks about his book and Zweig’s work with Eric Banks, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and a former editor of both Bookforum and Artforum as well as past president of the National Book Critics Circle.
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