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The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

 
 
Author
George Prochnik.
Publisher Other Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9781590516126
Pages/Publication Date 390/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61244
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By the 1930s, Austria's Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world; his novels, short stories, and biographies were so compelling that they became instant bestsellers. Yet as George Prochnik details in this "unusually subtle, poignant, and honest" (NYTBR) biography, Hitler's rise to power drove this celebrated Jewish writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to New York City, and finally Petrópolis in Brazil—where, in 1942, Zweig and his wife took their own lives. Currently experiencing a significant revival in the English-speaking world, Zweig's writings were a major inspiration for the Academy Award–winning 2014 film Grand Budapest Hotel.

"[A] superbly lyrical study ... [This book] is not really—or not just—a biography of Zweig's final years. It is a case study of dislocation, of people who had not only lost a home but who were no longer able to define the meaning of home.... Prochnik gives a very rich sense of what so many exiles experienced during the war.... [His] words could not be more resonant."—Wall Street Journal

 
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