'Darkness must fall before we are aware of the majesty of the stars
above our heads. It was necessary for this dark hour to fall, perhaps
the darkest in history, to make us realize that freedom is as vital to
our soul as breathing to our body.' As Europe faced its darkest
days, Stefan Zweig was a passionate voice for tolerance, peace and a
world without borders. In these moving, ardent essays, speeches and
articles, composed before and during the Second World War, one of the
twentieth century's greatest writers mounts a defence of European unity
against terror and brutality.
From the dreamlike 'The Sleepless
World', written in 1914, through the poignant 'The Vienna of Yesterday',
to the impassioned 'In This Dark Hour', one of his final addresses,
given in 1941, Zweig envisages a Europe free of nationalism and pledged
to pluralism, culture and brotherhood.
These haunting lost messages,
all appearing in English for the first time and some newly discovered,
distil Zweig's courage, belief and richness of learning to give the
essence of a writer; a spiritual will and testament to stand alongside
his memoir, The World of Yesterday. Brief and yet intense, they
are a tragic reminder of a world lost to the 'bloody vortex of history',
but also a powerful statement of one man's belief in the creative
imagination and the potential of humanity, with a resounding relevance
Translated by Will Stone, with an introduction by philosopher and historian of ideas John Gray.
Boken är inbunden. 212 sidor. *Boktitel: Messages from a Lost World. Europe on the Brink Författare: Stefan Zweig Översättare: Will Stone Förord: John Gray
Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 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. Between the wars, Zweig was an
international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas
including Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman, Amok and Fear.
In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London,
Bath and New York-a period during which he produced his most celebrated
works: his only novel, Beware of Pity,and his memoir, The World of Yesterday.
He eventually settled 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.