Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vienna Spring: Early Novellas and Stories by Stefan Zweig

My dad's new book, a translation from the German of Stefan Zweig's early short stories and novellas, is now available for preorder on It's the first English translation of his stories, and I'm quite proud to have taken part in the process; I helped proofread the translation and I modeled for my dad's painting on the cover. (My dad is a real Renaissance man: he paints, draws, write prose and poetry, translates, sings and plays guitar - and does them all very well!) Here is the description of the book:

"Set in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, these early works now published in English for the first time, show that from the beginning of his literary career, Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was already a master of both the short story and his favored fictional form, the novella. In the shorter pieces, the upper-class intellectual Zweig renders with sympathy some of life's outcasts: a slow student driven to violence; two ridiculed factory workers; a prostitute longing for love. Yet his keen perception and wry wit allow him to sidestep the sentimental and arrive at tender yet stark portrayals.
"The two novellas, 'The Love of Erika Ewald' and 'Scarlet Fever,' follow the travails of characters closer in temperament and upbringing to Zweig's own. The first concerns a young pianist whose delicate nature interferes with her sensual fulfillment; the second, a gentle medical student struggling to adjust himself to the city's harsh realities. In these portraits, Zweig presents a theme that would figure not only in his later fiction but also in his own life as a Jewish writer in the Nazi era: the plight of highly sensitive souls in a crude and uncaring world. - Content - A Loser - Two Lonely Ones- The Love of Erika Ewald - Spring in the Prater - Scarlet Fever."

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