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Der Amokläufer: Erzählungen

by Stefan Zweig

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Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

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Amok is the longest story in this collection and concerns a mans obsession with a pregnant woman and his eventual tragic suicide after her botched abortion. The other stories have been chosen for this volume for their similarity in themes of obsession and suicide, but most would agree that Amok is the strongest of these. Having just read his much longer novel Beware of Pity the stories feel over all too soon as the author is a superb storyteller who draws one in and it is sad to leave the world of his tales so soon. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Jan 25, 2012 |
Stunning prose, tragic tales of passion, despair, and suicide........perfect literature! These short stories are individual gems set in one collection. I have rarely read such powerful prose.....really! ( )
  hemlokgang | Feb 22, 2010 |
Amok and Other Stories (1922) consists of the novella "Amok", along with three short stories that were originally published alongside it, "The Star Above the Forest", "Leporella" and "Incident on Lake Geneva".

The nameless narrator of "Amok" is a passenger on an ocean liner traveling from Calcutta to Europe just before the Great War, who encounters a man who is in hiding from the other passengers. He is agitated and emotionally fragile but civil to the narrator. On a second visit, the narrator looks for this mysterious stranger, who has a story that he needs to get off of his chest. He is a German trained physician who accepted a position with the Dutch government to serve as a doctor in the colonies, after his medical career was derailed by personal scandal. He sets up his practice in a district station, far away from the nearest town, which suits his desire for solitude from other colonists. He seeks pleasure from "yellow-skinned womean and my good whisky", but he desires to return to Europe, with its desirable women.

One day a mysterious, haughty and beautiful European woman drives to the district station to visit him. She attempts to make idle conversation with the doctor, who soon realizes that she is hiding a secret, and needs his urgent assistance. He desires her physically, but is repulsed by her condescending manner, and he only agrees to help her if she agrees to do something for him in return. She refuses his proposal, and returns to town. Almost immediately, the doctor is struck with regret, and becomes obsessed with the woman, following her back to her house, and seeking her out in the town. Faced with a desperate need to remedy her condition, the woman seeks help from a native medical practitioner, to the shock and horror of the doctor, who attempts to treat her before a tragedy ensues.

The short stories are good, but do not have the gripping emotional power of "Amok", which is a fantatsic novella. I would give five stars to "Amok", and four stars to this book as a whole. ( )
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In March 1912 a strange accident occurred in Naples harbour during the unloading of a large ocean-going liner which was reported at length by the newspaper, although in extremely fanciful terms.
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Contains: Amok -- The star above the forest -- Leporella -- Incident on Lake Geneva -- Translator's afterword
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