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The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

The World of Yesterday

by Stefan Zweig

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A wonderful and sad book. The writer, who was to commit suicide with his wife a short time later, writes of his youth in Vienna, the trouble that he took to avoid trouble, and the rise of the Nazis. I was curious as to why he killed himself but the book answers this: he did not wish to live at the mercy of officials who could deport him anytime. ( )
  annbury | Mar 11, 2017 |
Verden av i går ligner på verden av idag,men bare hvis du ser langt avgårde. Et lærestykke, en kulturgjennomgang, en persongjennomgang med namedropping i god forstand. Her treffer du notabilitetene fra europeisk historie med lange adjektivbetegnelser for hvordan Zweig opplever dem. Hans smerte, hans uvitenhet, hans følsomhet blir lagt på bordet - skånselløst. Du skjønner at det er mye du ikke fikk med deg av hva som skjedde fra siste halvdel av 1800-tallet og frem til 2.verdenskrigs tyngste tider. Særlig kommer skillet frem mellom livet til de priviligerte og "de andre" og det bildet de har av hverandre - hatet, frykten, likegyldigheten, uforståenheten, lidelsen og den forderdelige gjenopprettings- eller rettferdighetsbestrebelsen.
  lestrond | Jan 28, 2017 |
The coda at the end of The Grand Budapest Hotel, crediting Stefan Zweig with inspiring the movie, was the first I'd heard of this author, and in reading this book I heard the movie's deadpan voiceover in the sometimes stilted wording of the translation. But unlike the movie there was nothing light or funny about Zweig’s memoir covering the two world wars from his perspective as a Jew in Austria. It was a sadly nostalgic overview of a world in turmoil as culture, morals and even nations shifted and broke apart. This was a hard book to find and I ended up with two English versions: the 1947 Cassell and Company Ltd.’s 4th edition and the University of Nebraska Press’s 2009 translation by Anthea Bell. Both are very readable but I preferred the earlier work because its slightly dated, less fluently translated English gave a truer feel for the time period the book covers. ( )
1 vote wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Interesting, but a little dry. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Interesting, but a little dry. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Det är en kulturgärning av ansenligt format, att den här boken åter gjorts tillgänglig.


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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stefan Zweigprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleichmann, GabiAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, IngerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heerikhuizen, F.W. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toorn, Willem vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toorn, Willem vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zohn, HarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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