Stefan Zweig was a born eulogist. In this collection of powerful elegies, homages and personal memories, Zweig forms a richly interconnected portrait of key creative figures in the European cultural diaspora up to 1939. Many of those mourned or celebrated here cast a long spiritual shadow over Zweig's own writing life: Verhaeren, Rolland, Nietzsche, Roth, Mahler, Rilke and Freud.
Zweig's farewells, souvenirs and declarations of gratitude demonstrate his ardent pan-Europeanism and rich friendships across borders. Elegant and haunting, these tributes are a monument to his reverence for the arts and his belief in the sacredness of individualism.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Zweig's accumulated historical and cultural studies [are] almost too impressive to take in
Repositions Zweig as the European voice, which goes some way to explaining his ongoing popularity... Occasionally sparkling with poetic brilliance, which Will Stone ably conveys
Together, the essays form a beautiful memorial to the cosmopolitan Old Europe that Zweig so loved, and that two World Wars destroyed... There is much to enjoy in the skill of his writing - and in his touchingly old-fashioned belief in literature, and friendship
In an age of rising nationalism, Zweig was one of the great cosmopolitans... [Encounters and Destinies] captures a special moment in modern European culture, caught for posterity on the eve of catastrophe