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Letter from an Unknown Woman (1922)

by Stefan Zweig

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Si legge in poco tempo e lascia dentro, impalpabile ma densa, una sensazione di disfatta della Ragione quasi immorale; un senso di sacrificio che, con i dovuti distinguo, mi hanno fatto ripensare a 'Le onde del destino'; una ammirazione forte per la capacita' di Z. di saper ricreare tutto cio' in un racconto lungo. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Letter From an Unknown Woman was a very intense read and one I will not soon forget. ( )
  MSarki | Oct 10, 2013 |
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
Letter from an unknown woman (1922) is a novella written in the form of a long letter. Purport of the letter is the sickly adoration of a young woman for a successful novelist. In the letter, the woman claims to have grown up in the house where the novelist lives, and proclaims that she has loved him from the first day she had known him. The long letter describes her life-long stalking of the novelist, who was however, unaware of her existence. The woman also claims to have slept with him, as a prostitute, like the many, many women in his life, whom she had seen passing on the stairs.

The woman also claims to have borne the author a child, a son, who died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic, to which the woman is about to succumb.

In her letter, the woman repeatedly writes that she has remained in obscurity because she does not want to trouble the novelist, but obviously she does. The letter is not moving. Rather, as the woman's claims become more bold, even suggesting that the novelist's servant had recognized her, the reader starts wondering whether she might be insane. The way she is pressing herself upon him, anonymously, leaves the author impotent to fend for himself, unable to refute or deny.

The novella does not give the reader even a glimpse of the style of writing of the novelist character; it merely describes his hedonist lifestyle. The letter, whether truthful or not shows the power of the written word, the power of fabulation, to penetrate his privacy. It demonstrates the weakness of women, but, ultimately also their power, which is a useless power, however. ( )
1 vote edwinbcn | Dec 23, 2012 |
A famous author receives long a letter from a woman, in which she proceeds to describe the love and full extent of the passion she has felt for him ever since she was a young girl. The woman claims she has lost her only child moments before picking up her pen, and that these are her final words before dying. The deep pathos of the situation is impossible to resist, as is the narrative, in which the woman describes how her obsession for this man has shaped her life. Very moving. ( )
1 vote Smiler69 | Apr 11, 2012 |
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Stefan Zweigprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kempers, MartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zhang Wei [张威]Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Quando di primo mattino il famoso romanziere R. fece ritorno a Vienna da una ritemprante vacanza di tre giorni in montagna e alla stazione comprò un giornale, subito si sovvenne, dando appena una scorsa alla data, che quello era il giorno del suo compleanno.
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