Yet it was to Britain he came when the shadow of Nazism fell on his native Austria; as a Jew, he knew he was no longer welcome there.
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And it was there, before his further exile to America and his eventual suicide in in Brazil, that he started writing this absolutely extraordinary book. I have read several of Zweig's novellas and non-fiction works, but it is only with The World of Yesterday that I begin to feel I have anything approaching the full measure of the man. His art was always self-effacing, or certainly not self-revelatory; all you could have confidently told about him from reading his work is that he was obviously thoughtful, highly observant, and humane. This memoir not only reinforces such a viewpoint and we can add the ingredient of modesty , it also tells us much about the world that made him.
He begins by saying that "I never considered myself important enough to feel tempted to tell others the story of my life", but this is more than just an autobiography; it is a long lament for a lost world, a testament to the values of decency, toleration, humanism, and artistic and cultural endeavour; it is also, you can't help thinking, an unusually eloquent and moving suicide note, albeit one more than pages long.
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TheWorld of Yesterday, Zweig's memoir, was completed shortly before his suicide. The World of Yesterday is a heartfelt tribute to an age of humanity and enlightenment that Zweig feared was lost for ever. An incomparable record of a lost era, this is also essential reading for those who have already fallen in love with Zweig's fiction.
He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. His stories and novellas were collected in In the same year, with the rise of Nazism, he briefly moved to London, taking British citizenship. Leave a Review You need to be logged in to leave a comment. Time left to buy Price Drop Notification.
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