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“Buchmendel” by Stefan Zweig

I finished reading Fantastic Night And Other Stories, by Stefan Zweig. It was very interesting. At first I wasn’t sure how much I liked it. All the stories are very overwrought and very meandering. They often take place in weird frames. Sometimes they’re stories being told to a person who then tells them to the narrator. […]

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Been reading more Stefan Zweig

Started his novella collection Fantastic Night and other stories. He pretty much only wrote novellas. Oftentimes they started out novel-length, but he tended to cut them down a lot in the revision process. However, I still like them a lot. Zweig gets right to the heart of things. For instance, the title story is about a […]

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Confusion, by Stefan Zweig

Guys, guys, I’m really liking Zweig. Beware of Pity was no fluke! This novella is about a young man who goes and lives in the house of his professor, who alternatively inspires him and disdains him. And the young man can’t really figure out what’s up with him…and, well, I’m just gonna spoil it for you…. […]

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Finished reading Beware of Pity

It was pretty much perfect. No story could’ve been simpler. It really is just about a young Austrian lancer (in pre-war Austro-Hungary) who becomes friendly with a disabled girl and eventually becomes the object of her affections. For various weird reasons (which are not really to his credit), he can’t imagine ever being with her. […]

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