A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers' reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales-meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal.
To read anything by Zweig is to risk addiction; in this collection the power of his writing-which, with its unabashed intensity and narrative drive, made him one of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world-is clear and irresistible. Each of these stories is a bolt of experience, unforgettable and unique.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm
Vintage Zweig The Times Breathtaking ... the final sentence [of Burning Secret] is unlike anything I have ever read before -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian [A Chess Story is] perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game Economist Zweig's writing is some of the most brilliant of the 20th century. His novellas all begin so innocently. By the time they have ended, you feel he has prised you open, played with your own sympathies, and exposed you to your own imperfect humanity Independent A captivating mix...[Zweig] generates momentum out of extremes in thought and feeling, the turbulent negotiations between inner and exterior lives, but he is happiest in mixed feelings, in detecting minute alterations in head and heart Independent [Confusion is] a marvellously poised account of misunderstood motives, thwarted love, and sublimated desires -- Robert MacFarlane Times Literary Supplement Vintage Stefan Zweig-[Journey into the Past is] lucid, tender, powerful and compelling Independent [Fear is] brilliant, unusual and haunting ... Stefan Zweig's time of oblivion is over for good -- Salman Rushdie The New York Times A rediscovery of Zweig through this book gives an enlightening perspective on the past century and how we got where are today... As much in his novellas as in his short stories, the Austrian writer's psychological acuity brought his protagonists and their dilemmas vividly to life BlogCritics!