Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]


Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers

Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Social figures of his dayThe World of Yesterday is a remarkable totally engrossing history This translation by the award winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his most important work completed shortly before his tragic death in 1942 It is read with sympathy and understanding by David Horovitc. This is a poignant portrait of a world of yesterday specifically the world of turn of the century Vienna and of European culture prior to the First World War Stefan Zweig was born in Vienna in 1881 and was thus a young man during the decade preceding the War His family was well off and he was brought up surrounded by culture of every kind He is now a writer mostly forgotten correction becoming famous again on Goodreads at least among my friends but one who was judged in the 1920s and 1930s to be one of the most famous writers in the world He was well acuainted with and close friends of many of the eminent writers and artists of EuropeZweig s writing is superb and his reminiscences are profound and profoundly moving For example on pages 139 146 of the edition pictured here Zweig writes movingly of his friendship with the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in Paris And in the penultimate chapter Incipit Hitler his description of Hitler s rise conveys in thirty pages insight and illumination than I have seen in major histories of the timeThis was the last of many books that Zweig wrote being published shortly before he and his second wife committed suicide in Brazil in 1942 It is ostensibly his autobiography but it is really the story of an age than the story of a man Zweig originally intended to call the book Three Lives referring to the three time periods that had comprised his life the Vienna that he grew up and matured in the Great War and the inter war period during which he dealt with the loss of the dreams of human progress that he had had as a young man before the War and finally the advent of Hitler and the outbreak of the second World WarZweig says of the European mood in the early years of the century I pity those that were not young during those last years of confidence in Europe each one of us derived strength from the common upswing of the time and increased his individual confidence out of the collective confidence whoever experienced that epoch knows that all since has been retrogression and gloom That was written of course near the end of his life Nevertheless the inter war period was when Zweig s career bloomed Those such as Zweig who had survived the war and those too young to have found it an annihilator of dreams found that European art and culture in the 1920s having lost the pre war air of optimistic progress was nevertheless vibrant with new sobering ideasZweig always viewed himself not as an Austrian Jew but as a European The subtitle of the book in the original German was Memoirs of a European When the lights began going out all over Europe for a second time in the mid 1930s Zweig essentially became stateless moving to England then to America and finally to his last destination in South AmericaI can t say enough about this book I first read it decades ago eventually lost the book then found a few years ago that it was still or perhaps once again in print and read it a second time If you have any interest in the history of European culture of a hundred years ago read it You won t be sorry though you might be a bit affected by the sense of profound loss that Zweig himself felt so keenly

Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig

Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era Zweig's books novels biographies essays were translated into numerous languages and he moved in the highest literary circles; he also encountered many leading political and. What a man has taken into his bloodstream in childhood from the air of that time stays with himI found it hard to write a review for this book There was just so much I wanted to say A very nostalgic autobiography was what we were presented with here I appreciated reading an account on how differently things were before the war In the security chapter I couldn t help but be reminded of the Margaret McMillan talk I attended this Spring and how she said this period before WW1 was a very comfortable and optimistic time in Europe the continent was sleepwalkingThe book manages to drive home the fact that we have come a long way in the last century there have been so many drastic changes I feel that the world in which I grew up and the world of today not to mention the world in between them are drawing further and further apart and becoming entirely different placesI love history and I ve studied a lot about WW1 and WW2 history What is often missing in the texts I read are the feelings and thoughts of the general population at the time In this book we learn about those feelings the feelings of the Austrian people in particular those of Zweig who I believe was one of the uniue stories a man who became famous in such an unusual time period I was in awe of Zweig s writing from start to finish and believe he was the perfect person to present the psyche of the fin de si cle At the same time it was unfortunate that he had lived in that period because the stresses and changes that took place in that time period led to his relatively early death So many what ifs came to mindHighly recommended

Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review

Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Stefan Zweig's memoir The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of prewar Europe its seeming permanence its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars Zweig's passionate evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction It is an unusually humane. If you had to live inside one of the following pictures which one would you chooseChoice AChoice B I am going to assume that aside from either the excuse of insanity or no I really can t think of another excuse we re all on board with Choice A yesLet s try this one time Just to make sure okay One time You have two choicesChoice AChoice B Honestly I am not trying to trick you Once again unless you are crazy we re good with Choice A yesAll right then I m just making sure And so is Zweig Because unfortunately he lived through an era when enough people decided that they had some reason that would justify Choice B Twice He s written hundreds and hundreds of pages asking at an increasingly loud volume and withrising hysteria whether we are really sure that we wouldn t like Choice A after all Because he s not insane He just had the misfortune to live at a time when it seemed like the world had become insane Stefan Zweig was born into the world of Belle Epoue Vienna in the last glory days of the Austro Hungarian empire It was a precarious creaking political enterprise with several different nationalities ethnicities languages and administrative systems all cobbled together under Emperor Franz Joseph in its capital of Vienna But there like the Belle Epoue era in Paris another creaky empirerepublicwhatever they were at the time that was enjoying a long era of relative peace there was no reason to know any of this He was born into a Jewish family which as you can imagine will become important later in Vienna and lived the somewhat spoiled pampered lifestyle of the upper middle class of the city He was able to spend his young years devoted to reading and exploring as much of the rich intellectual life of the city as he desired to spend his teenage years lusting after the celebrities of the Viennese stage and concert hallsthere s a wonderful chapter where he describes the proto fanboy culture of the time and to indulge his Serious Debates of Ideas with his friends as often as he liked He also of course was free to begin developing his writing which would become his Art Always with a capital A and he will thank you to remember itSure there were conflicts but generally as for what went on with the outside world fundamentally that was only something they read in the newspaper it did not come knocking at their door There was probably a war of some kind in progress somewhere in their time but only a little one In that era the world was honestly convinced that it was on the direct and infallible road to the best of all possible worlds A general opinion existed that we had entered the Age of Reason or what Zweig calls the Age of Security for the individual not the stateThe life Zweig describes living in pre WWI Europe is strikingly similar to a modern privileged upbringing if one is particularly smart or talented that is His childhood years were boring and safe in the care of a somewhat repressive school that tried to mold him he rebelled within reason in his teenage years and chose to become a writer rather than a businessman and after a rather astonishing early success went on study abroad in turn of the century Berlin doing a small grand tour of Paris London and other cities in the meantime He goes so far as to earnestly tell the reader that he had read I swear to God Scenes de la vie Boheme and came to Berlin to live them out in reality while pretending to go to college and in reality going to the university of life again I swear to God He meets writers and editors and artists and develops an international colleague base for himself while he is sewing his version of wild oats which mostly seems to involve interacting with women who were free and natural and kneeling at the altar of various artists he meets He could have been any Serious Intellectual college student of today with very similar values and a very similar lifestyleAs with most memoirs when a writer looks back on their young days there is a very strong rosy tinted hue to these reminiscences Here Zweig takes that tendency to an extreme Practically every place he goes and every person he meets is described with the strongest possible adjectives Something doesn t interest him it fascinates him inordinately he decides not to go to class because I did not meet a single man there whose knowledge would have held me spellbound In Paris this is how he describes the scene workers cheerfully went on about the smartest of boulevards in their blue blouses a young couple might start dancing in the street any time not just on the fourteenth of July with a policeman smiling at them the street was common property A sentence is not complete without some form of emphasis on a word some adverb or adjective I can t count the number of times he is fascinated or feeling extremely something or other or a man he meets is the most brilliant and indescribably wonderful something One famous Viennese actor for example is described as even in private conversation articulating every word clearly every constant being sharply pronounced every vowel full and clear He claims that he still hears poems he read then twenty years before in this actor s voice Normally this would mostly be the sign of an old man looking back to the Good Old Days like I said And that aspect did wear on me after awhile I have to say Too many adjectives spoil the brothHowever it also obviously serves a political purpose This memoir was written in 1942 He is looking back over an era so different by comparison that every single adjective must have seemed justified at the time It is hard not to remember that when reading this It s that old story about how beautiful the summer of 1914 was doesn t everybody say that but just stretched out over hundreds of pages It s an argument and a lament for a world that doesn t seem to understand what it has lost not just once but twice Even for a modern reader with all my skepticism of unreliable narrators and biases it actually did give me pause to think about what progress might have been like in every day life if Zweig can describe something so close to how we live today happening nearly a century ago It makes me wonder in a Spengler esue sort of way if we re nearing the same stage his society was at in the cycle of our culture if we just took a big step back and are just getting back there now or perhaps just how long it takes ideals developed in certain liberal corners and circles to developThe story of the years 1914 1939 has been drilled into all of our heads too much to need it to be told again If asked I am sure we d all tell the same sort of elegy and once upon a time tale that s been passed on to us It starts with bourgeois security and economic expansion industrial advancement and socialist slogans and then provides shades of nationalism on the rise and border brushfires growing larger in the Balkans builds to entangled alliances and desperate telegrams and the shot heard around the world And that s just chapter oneBut what Zweig provides is not only the first hand account of someone who lived through it all and did it in a few different countries under several different governments but he specifically provides a first hand account of much of the creative literary life of this era He was a very popular writer in the interwar era so I understand and was given welcome and friendship by many other artists and important people of the era He developed close relationships with many of them over the years and is able to give first hand reports of the character and and thinking of many of them Some examples of people he had a personal acuaintances or interactions with are Theodore Herzl Romain Rolland Rilke Yeats James Joyce a Belgian artist called Emile Verhaeren who he works for for a time Rodin Paul Valery Gorky Sigmund Freud Shaw and HG Wells and Richard StraussZweig comes from an earlier era that worshiped the idea of individual genius You know that scene in Proust where Marcel is talking to all these military friends of Saint Loup s about battle strategy and he isn t really interested in it until someone can show him how the whole thing is the work of an individual genius a Napoleon Zweig is like that He collects famous signatures and later the efforts of the creative mind at work of artists generally their edited manuscripts He wants to see the moment when genius and the immortal comes into being It s actually uite sweetly idealistic the way the he worships Art as this thing outside of the brain that is almost spiritual that comes from the ether somewhere But it also makes sure that he can t interact with these guys without bowing before them His love of adjectives is all over the place here Each one of these guys is described in painstaking and breathless detail It is just striking how much of a fanboy he still is even in his adult years one must remember he is writing this at 60 He had a real belief in the idea that these artists were like little gods come to life Not a single one of them comes off the worse for wear under his pen most of them have their positive legends added to as a matter of fact Nothing could be glowing than his reviews of each and every one of them It was a little famewhore y actually I have to say He seems like he d be one of those guys in Vogue or Vanity Fair who get paid to write about going to parties with fabulous famous people mentioning all the big names and places in bold letters just to make it clear how In The Know they areIt was interesting though I learned that Rilke was a sensitive sort who couldn t bear loud noises but tried to volunteer to go to the front in 1914 anyway James Joyce was exactly the sort of person you d think he would be Romain Rolland was a pacifist Herzl a literary editor who grew only gradually into his role as a leader of the Zionist movement There s a great story about how he goes to Rodin s studio and stands there forgotten while Rodin obsessively fixes some perceived error in his statue basically orgasming in place at the thought of seeing the god Genius at work again Sigmund Freud comes off as a brilliant Cassandra that Zweig ranges himself with on the subject of the war and the inevitable nature of the beast inside us we all repress There s a scene with Shaw and Wells that made me laugh It sounded like me at sixteen going to see The Importance of Being Earnest for the first time Zweig has a similar appreciation of polite English word fencing Apparently they enacted the tea and cakes scene but you know over books instead of men It sounded really awesome don t get me wrong I just wish that he d been a tad less breathless and crazy eyed about the way he reported it It might have actually served his purpose which I assume was to make me regret that this wonderful literary world with all its gorgeous Genuises no longer exists or can exist because of the wars much better if he had been able to seem clear eyed about it I completely understand why he couldn t and why he would have been in raptures about it all at the time the contrast between that and his present life was just too much but at some point it does make you want to sit back and ask what he s leaving out Maybe it wasn t that wonderful after all you knowBut because of his tone I think perhaps my favorite scenes were the one or two times that he let himself be ambiguous about someone These were the one or two times he let himself admit that he associated with someone or was involved even peripherally with something that wouldn t pass moral muster or doesn t deserve five star reviewsOne story involved his association with Richard Strauss Strauss by Zweig s estimation is the greatest living musician in Germany at the time that the Nazis take over He s also a man with a family trying to get by and stay on the safe side of the line he can walk in defiance of them He gets in good with the Nazis early so he can be secure of their support and because of that he is tarnished with that brush But Zweig I think in large part because Strauss ualified for his pantheon of geniuses wants to defend him He knows he can t do so in an unualified way but he twists and turns himself into contortions trying to worship him as much as possible in spite of him He praises him repeatedly for the work they did together on an opera in 1934 and especially his loyalty during that process Strauss refused to have Zweig s Jewish name taken off the opera s program despite the express displeasure of Goebbels and resigned from the National Council of Music he was on after they let the performance go forward and then uickly changed their minds after the opening He offers tempered praise for the at times enchanting opera that the public was thereby deprived of from their greatest musician He mentions that descriptive phrase many times in those few paragraphs that he deals with this story Even with the brush of the Nazis on him Zweig is incapable of fully letting go of his urge to engage with the Art and ignore the restThe other incident that intrigued me was the one with Mussolini Yes that s right Mussolini Sometime in the 30s Zweig is asked to be involved with a weird case An Italian doctor s wife calls him and tells him that her husband has been sentenced to ten years hard labor in a distant colony for one of those crimes that the Fascists mostly made up in those years So she calls him to see if he can use his influence which I guess she thinks he has with friends at ministries to get his sentence commuted Understandably none of his friends want to get involved So Zweig writes Mussolini himself because apparently he s a fan setting out an argument for the guy And Mussolini agrees Promptly The guy s sentence is lessened then halved then done away with all together in the space of a year And hilariously Zweig s reaction is like Well he may be a fascist and fascists are bad but he did do this one cool thing one time and it wouldn t be fair of me not to tell you about that So there Mussolini Helped me out one time Both those stories seemed like they were a lot indicative of the morally blurry bizarre arbitrary atmosphere that it is my understanding really existed at this time period and especially the rather slippery personas that a lot of the modern artists of the time exuded A lot less like Immortal Genius Come From Heaven and a lot like people riding the wave and using what they ve got to get by That and a lot of the stuff Zweig didn t talk about Like how he supposedly fled Vienna ahead of the Anschluss in dread seeing shades of things to come and left both his wife and his mother there apparently not feeling the same urgency for them Like how he tried to get married but couldn t because of the bureaucratic complications of being a stateless person in London in 1939 Like his odd friendship with Rathenau apparently conducted entirely in moving vehicles and the spaces between appointments watching a powerful mind NOT engaged exclusively with Art but able to understand it navigate the world His pages long justification for going to the Front to see it for himself during WWI sort of an early version of disaster tourism avant le mot without sacrificing his pacifist stance was pretty fascinating as wellI wish that in addition to providing us with the glowing memories so that we knew what we were missing in 1942 as well as the dramatically staged tragedies at appropriate moments he had felt able to tell us about those messier moments in between often There was a lot of honesty here a lot of joy and passion and delight and sorrow I just wish he felt comfortable complicating things for us and showing things as they really wereI feel like a little bit of an asshole for saying a lot of this I think maybe its just that Zweig and I disagree a little bit about what the best way to make people want something or regret something is or differ in the ways that we say goodbye Or I am reading this in a far different headspace than he wrote it in That could also be the problem He is trying so incredibly hard to get me to cry over a world that is gone full of angels on earth and wise men who will never come again full of laughing cafes and women who cut their hair and raised their skirts and he thinks the best way to do this is to praise Caesar rather than bury him He never got a chance to move beyond that Perhaps that s the real tragedy here He couldn t bear to get to the next part the part where you wake up the next morning and remember the faults of the past You remember all the other times that you thought it was all over and it could never be fixed again You smile and remember how you danced once that the first war indeed did end You look towards the future and towards a free dancing Paris once Which tragically for him he never got to see again And it did happen not so long later But he never got to that part He just got to the first stage of grief I thinkI wanted so much to see him come out that other side and realize that it had never been that good Which means that right now as horrible a nightmare as it is is not such a far fall Which means that it can get better and it has before People are people with awful flaws who do just terrible things to each other and they will do that probably forever And that is being human Even those geniuses he worshiped do not descend from Mount Olympus which I imagine if he thought for a minute he knew Everything was so black and white in his mind when he wrote this One of the signs of severe depression so I m told Another sign is magical thinking Which I guess is what this is in the end It seemed almost like he was trying to sprinkle the fairy dust of these better times all over himself as if if he could paint the most flattering shining portrait of it possible on the page he could somehow conjure it up again As if before he was through it might appear once or perhaps it might give him courage enough to go on I don t know whether this is true or not but it seems that wayIt s tragic that he didn t find it I wish he had I wish that he had let himself wake up another day after this one and see that suicide wasn t the only way out Sometimes I wonder whether this would have been better He died as the translator of his volume notes with no knowledge of the Holocaust How would he have reacted to this further descent into depravity But he also didn t get to see the world reborn And with all the joy and passion he displayed here he certainly deserved that

  • Paperback
  • 461
  • Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers
  • Stefan Zweig
  • English
  • 01 March 2018
  • 9780803252240

10 thoughts on “Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

  1. says: Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] I have been struggling to write this review I have a draft that keeps growing with uotes of my analysis words bu

  2. says: Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review If you had to live inside one of the following pictures which one would you choose?Choice AChoice B I am going to assume that aside from either the excuse of insanity or no I really can't think of another excuse we're all on board with Choice A yes?Let's try this one time Just to make sure okay? One time You have two choicesChoice AChoice B Honestly I am not trying to trick you Once again unless you are crazy we're good

  3. says: Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers

    Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Utterly brilliant Devastating I feel turned inside out after finishing Stefan Zweig's memoir of a world that was in the process of self destruction when he decided to commit suicide in exile and put the last words on paper How incredibly amazing his life was surrounded by the writers musicians and artists of his time The reflections on his friendships with Verhaeren or Romain Rolland read like a collection of exuisite anecdotes

  4. says: Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers after all shadows themselves are born of lighttoda sombra es al fin y al cabo hija de la luz There are people who breathe nostalgia every day They enjoy it they suffer it They stare at some object and thousands of

  5. says: Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] What a man has taken into his bloodstream in childhood from the air of that time stays with himI found it hard to write a review for this book There was just so much I wanted to say A very nostalgic autobiography was what we were p

  6. says: Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Several reviews have been written recently by my GRFriends on this book To mention just a few we have already those wonderful ones by Kris Elena Yann GarimaThere is therefore very little I can add I will just write down a few thoughtsI was struck that these memoirs contained a lot less about himself than I would have expected And although he follows the chronology of his lifetime he does not give many dates nor

  7. says: Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers

    Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Once I wandered down to the town to have a last look at peaceTime is an invincible enigma Every moment brings something new for us to keep our faith intact while every new day brutally shatters the long held belief about matters dear to one’s life This paradoxical existence of seemingly benign hands of minutes seconds and hours

  8. says: Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers

    Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] I am now a writer who as Grillparzer said 'walks behind his corpse in his own lifetime' Stefan ZweigAfter reading Zweig's Journey into the Past and Confusion I now understand the plight of those characters in his novellas when I read these words in his memoir I am always most attracted to the character who is struck down b

  9. says: Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review

    Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] This is a poignant portrait of a world of yesterday specifically the world of turn of the century Vienna and of European culture prior to the First World War Stefan Zweig was born in Vienna in 1881 and was thus

  10. says: Read Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book]

    Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers [E–pub/E–book] Summary Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig ↠ 0 review Before I went to Vienna over Easter I began reading Stefan Zweig’s memoir The World of Yesterday The book informed my trip and made me imagine the Vienna of 1910 before the world went over the edge or at least before Europe did This is very much a European memoir and to my mind it ought to be reuired reading for all Europeans in f

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *