The World of Yesterday

· Plunkett Lake Press
4.3
10 reviews
Ebook
329
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This eBook is produced by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

The World of Yesterday, mailed to his publisher a few days before Stefan Zweig took his life in 1942, has become a classic of the memoir genre. Originally titled "Three Lives," the memoir describes Vienna of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire, the world between the two world wars and the Hitler years.


"The best single memoir of Old Vienna by any of the city's native artists." — 
Clive James

"A book that should be read by anyone who is even slightly interested in the creative imagination and the intellectual life, the brute force of history upon individual lives, the possibility of culture and, quite simply, what it meant to be alive between 1881 and 1942." — 
The Guardian

"It is not so much a memoir of a life as it is the memento of an age." — 
The New Republic
4.3
10 reviews
Third-party review
I found Zweig's writing style mesmerizing; it is fluent, clear, simple and at the same time elegant. This book was a real treat!
Third-party review
I was deeply impressed; history is made interesting! I rest speechless...
Third-party review
An engrossing "professional" autobiography of the life of this Austrian Jewish author up to World War II, made more poignant by his tragic end. So brilliantly translated it reads as if it had been written in English.

About the author

 Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was the most widely read German-language author of the twentieth century. Zweig was a secular Jew, a Pan-European and a pacifist. He was born in Vienna on November 28, 1881 and studied there and in Berlin. As a young man, he translated French poetry by Verlaine, Baudelaire, and Verhaeren into German. He quickly branched out into journalism, fiction, biography and writing for the theater. His plays, including the anti-war Jeremiah, were produced throughout Europe. His books were eventually translated into over 50 languages. Today, he is best known for his many works of non-fiction. They include the classic memoir The World of Yesterday and many biographical essays on famous writers and thinkers such as Erasmus, Tolstoy, Balzac, StendhalNietzscheDostoevskyDickensFreud and Mesmer. He lived in Salzburg with his first wife Friderike until 1933, when his books were burned by the Nazis. In 1934, he emigrated to England where he continued writing and met his second wife Lotte Altmann. In 1941, the couple moved to Brazil where they committed suicide in 1942.

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