The World Of Yesterday
  • The World Of Yesterday
  • The World Of Yesterday
ISBN: 0803252242
EAN13: 9780803252240
Language: English
Pages: 461
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
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5
   Unusual social history
His account of public opinions in Austria and Germany before the two Great Wars is very informative, especially for an Englishman who was on the other side of the channel.
 
5
   Living thru history
A Master writer tells his story, which happened to be a pivotal historical era. His explanation of Hitler's rise is the best that I have seen. Also an excellent translation ''. Was there anyone on Earth worth knowing who did not know Zweig?
 
5
   A classic. Why didn't we read this in high school?
The title is perfect : The story is a window into the goings-on in Germany and Austria around the time of two world wars from a writer who lived it well and had a passion for writing.
 
5
   This is a masterpiece, a book that everyone should ...
This is a masterpiece, a book that everyone should read , a piece of history very important to understand. Stefan Zweig is an important writer, who passed away too young and betrayed.
 
5
   The world of yesterday - and today
A sensible analysis of changes in the Western World from just before World War I through WW2, from the perspective of a great novelist and biographer, who was forgotten for many decades due to Nazi censorship.
 
4
   History as it was lived through
History lived as it was stripped away with hindsight. E.g., the relief and jubilation when Chamberlain delivered his Peace-in-our-Time speech. Zweig is great at presenting the pre-WWI world view of the well-off residents of Vienna, the hopes and fears of the international anti-war community during WWI, the challenges of everyday survival after this war. But for me, the most interesting passages were those dealing with his personal interactions with contemporary authors, such as Rilke, Rolland, Joyce, Croce, Gorky, Freud, Shaw, Wells. Unfortunately, he says almost nothing about his personal, non-literal life. From reading this book I did not suspect that shortly after its completion, Zweig and his wife, safe in England, committed a double suicide. This tidbit was buried by the translator in a footnote.
 
4
   Required Reading
If I were still teaching teaching, I would want this reading to be required. He is little known now, but in the 1920s and 30s, he was the epitome of a progressive European intellectual. This is his account of what Europe was like from the 90s to the 30s from his perspective, and especially Austria. Most of the names he mentions will be foreign even to well-read people now, but his description of early moderns and their milieu is very worthwhile. This era ended obviously in the 30s and Mr. Zweig ended his own life during WWII, rather than spend his old age in the ruins of a once optimistic and intellectually exciting world.
 
4
   Very good book; unfortunate ending for the author and his wife
This is the first book by Zweig that I have read, and I enjoyed it. But, knowing what his final fate was, I was surprised by the tone of this. I was expecting it to be a depressing memoir. Instead, the first 34 is fairly upbeat. Zweig was a lot of famous, talented people and knew one himself. The descriptions are interesting and it provides a lot of detail about the early 20th century that you don 't find in most history books. But my only disappointment is that as bad as Europe became for the Jewish people, Zweig had it much better than most, and instead of trying to help he and his wife checked out early. It left me wondering what caused him to give up when so many others fought harder to survive.
 
5
   Five Stars
A fascinating account of the intellectual life and culture of Vienna before the 2nd World War. Well written! So, so good!
 
3
   A great mind, a not so great autobiography.
He lived a very important life and knew most of the intellectually exciting and interesting people of his time, however the whole book is like one big drop in name dropping.
 
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