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Angst by Stefan Zweig

Angst (original 1925; edition 1998)

by Stefan Zweig

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Authors:Stefan Zweig
Info:Philipp Reclam Jun Verlag GmbH (1998), Paperback, 63 Seiten
Collections:Your library
Tags:deutsche literatur, deutschsprachige literatur, angst, vertrauen, betrug, betrügen, affäre

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Fear by Stefan Zweig (1925)


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На тоненького)))
Как всегда душевно и глубого, хотя существует определенный недосказ, ну так это ведь не научный труд.
Измена, душевные муки, самоистязание и наказание, хитрость и коварство, хэппи энд) ( )
  Billy.Jhon | Apr 25, 2016 |
In this short, addictive novella, Zweig stays in the head of a woman who learns that her adultery has been discovered. It’s a rather claustrophobic place. Irene Wagner has a comfortable life with a considerate husband and adored children. She falls into an affair with a pianist, but one day as she is leaving his place, she is confronted by a woman who starts to blackmail her. The rest of the book is mostly concerned with Irene's inner torment, as she tries to act normal but ends up refusing to go out, alienating her husband and contemplating suicide. She starts to wonder if she knows her husband, a celebrated prosecutor, at all – she has no idea how he’d react to the news. There are some plot twists but the most powerful part is Zweig's depiction of a woman's fear and desperation. It’s a quick story but very intense and Zweig is skilled at portrayed Irene’s psychological state. ( )
2 vote DieFledermaus | Jun 25, 2013 |
Fine little novella. Engaging and suspenseful. True to life. Stresses actually how important it is to communicate with one another. ( )
  MSarki | Jun 5, 2013 |
The wife of a prominent Viennese lawyer who has been having an affair with a young musician is accosted by a woman in the street one day. The young woman, visibly in dire straits, claims to have also been one the the musician's mistresses, and begins to allude to blackmail, to which the married woman responds by giving her all her money. Before long the blackmailer is demanding increasing sums every day and our heroine is terrified of being found out by her husband, even as he repeatedly encourages her to share the fears that have her screaming out at night. A psychological drama which is a product of it's time (1910s-1920s) with the roles of men and women narrowly defined, but in which human nature and the nature of fear itself are played out to great effect. My second short story by Zweig, it had me weeping (from sadness? from relief?) in the end. ( )
1 vote Smiler69 | Apr 11, 2012 |
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This brief 106 page novella will capture your sense of irrational Fear within the first two pages. The build up of guilt is relentless. It pounds and pounds at your conscience until you can find no way to escape Irene’s infidelity to a loving husband and her children except for the dastardly plan she has conjured up for herself — suicide.
This is the stuff of melodrama: the typical Zweigian scenario in which, beneath the trappings of respectability, storms of carnal passion, guilt and shame rage. It is no accident, you feel, that Zweig was writing at the same time and in the same city as Sigmund Freud.

But is this "formulaic, thin, swollen and platitudinous"? I suppose there is a formula to this, which can be attested to by the fact that there are at least three film versions of this story, the most famous being by Rossellini. Leaving aside the question of how something can be swollen and thin at the same time, I don't think you can call it platitudinous, unless you count the very notion of the woman haunted by her adultery as a platitude in itself. Zweig picked again and again at this weeping scab, of how to indulge desire in a society which asserted the importance of denying it.
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As Irene came down the stairs from her lover's apartment, again that pointless fear suddenly overwhelmed her.

Als Frau Irene die Treppe von der Wohnung ihres Geliebten hinabstieg, packte sie mit einem Male wieder jene sinnlose Angst.
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