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Fear by Stefan Zweig


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Fear by Stefan Zweig
Jan 26, 2010 | ISBN 9781906548568

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“What did Zweig have that brought him the fanatical devotion of millions of readers, the admiration of Herman Hesse, the invitation to give the eulogy at the funeral of Sigmund Freud? To learn that, we would have to have a biography that illuminated all aspects of his work, that read all of his books, and that challenged, rather than accepted, the apparent modesty of his statements about his life and work.” – Benjamin Moser, Bookforum

“Charts every fluctuation of its heroine’s inner turmoil and ends with an ingenious twist.” Julie Kavanagh, The Economist Intelligent Life

“Brilliant, unusual and haunting enough to ensure that Stefan Zweig’s time of oblivion is over for good. Zweig developed a remarkable literary and psychological method… brought to something like perfection. The story that most clearly exemplifies Zweig’s method is Fear… it’s good to have him back.”  Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review

“Zweig belongs with those masters of the novella – Maupassant, Turgenev, Chekhov – of whom he was in awe. He was formidably well read, but in his fiction he is as much at ease with the unlettered as the learned… Stefan Zweig cherished the everyday imperfections and frustrated aspirations of the men and women he analysed with such affection and understanding.”  Paul Bailey, Times Literary Supplement

“Touching and delightful. Those adjectives are not meant as faint praise. Zweig may be especially appealing now because rather than being a progenitor of big ideas, he was a serious entertainer, and an ardent and careful observer of habits, foibles, passions and mistakes.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times 

“[During his lifetime] arguably the most widely read and translated serious author in the world.”  John Fowles

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