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Confusion

by Anthea Bell

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A particularly fitting title for my life these days, but that's a whole other story...
As for this story, I enjoyed the refined, poetic voice (sometimes to an almost absurd extreme, but fitting for the "old man putting himself into his younger self to tell a story of the loss of innocence" motif) and the exploration of the dark desires and twisted circumstances that lie just below the surface of lives we at first idealize.
I started this just before seeing Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." I had no idea that he was inspired by Stefan Zweig (swear to God). The connection served to make the film less quirky in retrospect (which was a good thing) and allowed me to see glimpses of humor even in Zweig's brooding.
Zweig seems to have written many bite-sized novellas, which appeals to me these days as I have to steal moments for reading fiction. I will most definitely have another taste. (New York Review of Books e-book editions are available through the library here. Nice.) ( )
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