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Journey Into the Past by Stefan Zweig

Journey Into the Past (1976)

by Stefan Zweig

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A deep study of the uneasy heart by one of the masters of the psychological novel, Journey into the Past, published here for the first time in America, is a novella that was found among Zweig's papers after his death. Investigating the strange ways in which love, in spite of everything--time, war, betrayal--can last, Zweig tells the story of Ludwig, an ambitious young man from a modest background who falls in love with the wife of his rich employer. His love is returned, and the couple vow to live together, but then Ludwig is dispatched on business to Mexico, and while he is there the First World War breaks out. With travel and even communication across the Atlantic shut down, Ludwig makes a new life in the New World. Years later, however, he returns to Germany to find his beloved a widow and their mutual attraction as strong as ever. But is it possible for love to survive precisely as the impossible?… (more)

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Read this quick on on the plane coming back from a London vacation. Who is better at inner-angst dissection than Zweig? Just a master at this kind of thing. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 16, 2018 |
The manuscript of this novella was found in Zweig's belongings after his suicide. Apparently it is partially autobiographical. As is common with other books of Zweig's, the plot is deceptively simple. It consists of the story of a young man and woman who fall in love, but due to her marriage and his work they cannot be together, and the are separated on separate continents during WWI. The inevitable reunion is thrilling, then tentative, and then sadly unlikely. I think the primary is about all that was lost during the war, on a much deeper level than a first love. It was about the loss of individual and national identity, the loss of lifestyle and about society's very fabric coming apart. Zweig's prose is simple, yet emotionally evocative. Certainly his writing improved in his later novels, but the seeds are all here! ( )
  hemlokgang | Apr 29, 2017 |
Intriguing! Don't read the introduction until after you've read the novella though - contains many spoilers! ( )
  viviennestrauss | Apr 26, 2016 |
Een in Mexico wonende zakenman probeert na 9 jaar een oude passie et de vrouw van zijn overleden werkgever te doen herleven maar beseft dat dit een illusie is. ( )
  joucy | Jul 27, 2015 |
I recently read Zweig's The Chess Story that led me to this novella Journey Into The Past. I am now a big fan of Zweig.

He tells his tales in simple language that paints a potent picture. Here a young man finds his way in life, romance and business. He finds a mentor who recognizes his special talents. Invited to join his household the young man and the mentor's wife strike a special connection; before long a sexual energy appears and is impossible to deny. Yet years and World War I seperate them and until 9 years later they reunite.

This book depicts the pain and yearning of unfulfilled love and passion. The energy leaps off the page.

Zweig was a true master. In short novels he leaves the reader with lasting memories and reflections. A gift. ( )
  berthirsch | Jul 31, 2014 |
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Aciman, AndréIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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