Fantastic Night: Tales of Longing and Liberation (Paperback)

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By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
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Tales of Longing and Liberation, by Stefan Zweig. True mastery of the short story form-- Zweig's delicately-nuanced, pitch-perfect explorations into heartbreak and exile wield a quiet but mighty power. Gorgeous writing with an enormous heart and a tremendous amount of psychological insight. Fun fact: Zweig delivered a eulogy at Sigmund Freud's funeral; the two were friends and mutual admirers. --Todd

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'I alone know that I am only just beginning to live.'
He is distinguished, rich, a member of fashionable society-utterlybored. But, over the course of one fantastic night, a young Baron becomes a thief, unashamed, and awakes to life for the first time.

This collection is full of tales of infinite passions, of intense encounters that transform lives, a knock on a door that forces a whole community to take flight, a doomed attempt to save a soul poisoned by addiction, a love soured into awful cruelty, of longing and liberation. They are the gripping work of a master storyteller, unmatched and completely unforgettable.

About the Author

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Between the wars, Zweig was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London, Bath and New York-a period during which he produced his most celebrated works: his only novel, Beware of Pity, and his memoir, The World of Yesterday. He eventually settled in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.

Praise For…

"Zweig’s impassioned pursuit of personal freedom seems more relevant than ever." — Newsweek

"One of the masters of the short story." — Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

"Zweig belongs with those masters of the novella-Maupassant, Turgenev, Chekhov." — Paul Bailey

"One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories. They have an astringency of outlook and a mastery of scale that I find enormously enjoyable." — Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes

"For far too long, our links with Zweig... have been broken. Pushkin Press's phenomenal, heartbreaking collection is a reminder that it's time to forge them again." — Los Angeles Review of Books

"Zweig, prolific storyteller and embodiment of a vanished Mitteleuropa, seems to be back, and in a big way."  New York Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782271482
ISBN-10: 1782271481
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English