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About the Author: Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from and Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France, and Germany before settling in Salzburg in 1913. In 1934, driven into exile by the Nazis, he emigrated to England and then, in 1940, to Brazil by way of New York. Finding only growing loneliness and disillusionment in their new surroundings, he and his second wife committed suicide.

Zweig's interest in psychology and the teachings of Sigmund Freud led to his most characteristic work, the subtle portrayal of character. Zweig's essays include studies of Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Drei Meister, 1920; Three Masters) and of Friedrich Hlderlin, Heinrich von Kleist, and Friedrich Nietzsche (Der Kampf mit dem Dmon, 1925; Master Builders). He achieved popularity with Sternstunden der Menschheit (1928; The Tide of Fortune), five historical portraits in miniature. He wrote full-scale, intuitive rather than objective, biographies of the French statesman Joseph Fouché (1929), Mary Stuart (1935), and others. His stories include those in Verwirrung der Gefhle (1925; Conflicts). He also wrote a psychological novel, Ungeduld des Herzens (1938; Beware of Pity), and translated works of Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, and mile Verhaeren.

Most recently, his works provided inspiration for the 2014 film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'.


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Mass Market Paperback, Published in Dec 2002 by Le Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253153729 | ISBN13: 9782253153726

Page count: 187

Ce recueil consacré au voyage rassemble dix-sept récits inédits en français, publiés essentiellement dans des journaux ou des revues entre 1902 et 1939. Grand voyageur, insatiable curieux de l’ailleurs, Stefan Zweig a passé des années à parcourir le monde. Jusqu’en 1914, il est un voyageur au pied léger, attentif, enthousiaste ; la fête est au cœur de ses récits dans La Saison à Ostende, La Fête à Montmartre. Après le début de la Première Guerre mondiale, l’Histoire et ses événements dramatiques viennent entraver le voyage. Le regard de Zweig se teinte alors de nostalgie, et c’est en fouillant le passé que le voyageur-écrivain cherche à appréhender le destin de Florence ou d’Anvers. De l’insolite Visite au royaume des milliards, plongée dans les entrailles de la Banque de France, jusqu’à la poignante Maison des mille destins, où le voyage devient synonyme d’exil pour les Juifs persécutés, ces textes, dans leur diversité, nous font pénétrer plus avant dans l’œuvre de l’écrivain, mais aussi dans son univers intérieur.

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