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Amok and other Stories By Anthea Bell (Translator (GER))

Amok and other Stories by Anthea Bell (Translator (GER))

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Summary

Offers a collection of four stories that analyse emotional dilemmas: a doctor torn between his medical duty and his own mixed emotions; a maidservant whose devotion to her master leads her to commit a terrible act; a hotel waiter in love with an aristocratic beauty; and a First World War POW longing to be home again in Russia.

Amok and other Stories Summary

Amok and other Stories by Anthea Bell (Translator (GER))

Four unforgettable tales of love, devotion, madness and war A doctor in the Dutch East Indies torn between his medical duty to help and his own mixed emotions; a middle-aged maidservant whose devotion to her master leads her to commit a terrible act; a hotel waiter whose love for an unapproachable aristocratic beauty culminates in an almost lyrical death;a prisoner-of-war longing to be home again in Russia. These four tragic and moving cameos of the human condition are played out against cosmopolitan and colonial backgrounds in the first half of the twentieth century. Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was born in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Zweig travelled widely, living in Salzburg between the wars, and was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London, where he wrote his only novel Beware of Pity. He later moved on to Bath, taking British citizenship after the outbreak of the Second World War. With the fall of France in 1940 Zweig left Britain for New York, before settling in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.

Amok and other Stories Reviews

I can't think of a writer who is more successful at depicting amour fou - what one critic describes as "sex and madness breaking through the lacquered screen of upper-bourgeois society"- nowhere more grippingly than in Amok in which a doctor, a Conradesque loner, is tipped into "a sort of human rabies" by an unattainable colonial wife -- Julie Kavanagh The Economist Intelligent Life To read Zweig is to be in the presence of a properly mature writer, for all that his characters are often in the grip of highly inappropriate desires. (...) These are unforgettable stories, beautifully translated. Anthea Bell is a first-rate translator; she brings out the humour as well as the anguish that make Zweig's work so sympathetically acute. -- NIcholas Lezard Guardian

About Anthea Bell (Translator (GER))

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 into a wealthy Viennese Jewish family. He studied at the Universities of Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Zweig traveled widely, living in Salzburg, London and New York before settling in Brazil where he and his wife were found dead in 1942.

Additional information

GOR010593281
9781901285666
1901285669
Amok and other Stories by Anthea Bell (Translator (GER))
Used - Like New
Paperback
Pushkin Press
2007-02-23
144
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