Like a literary version of the Kevin Bacon Game, it's a challenge to find an important cultural figure from the early 1900s through the 1940s who didn't connect with Stefan Zweig. Zionist founder Theodor Herzl gave him his start with front page articles as a 19 year old. Einstein became a fan. Zweig introduced Dali to Freud and served in the War Archive with Rilke before working with Joyce to translate A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man into Italian. He watched Rodin sculpt and Richard Strauss compose.
Zweig's characters allow their misunderstood but unchecked emotions and their straining bodies to betray their assumed selves and tempt death. There are murders, illicit affairs, suicides and devilish psychological manipulation, but unlike in The Grand Budapest Hotel no madcap chases from evil henchmen. Zweig and his work are comfortable on film. In the 1930s, Hollywood offered him $US3000 (circa $40,000 today) a week to write for the screen; he declined. But he occasionally penned scripts, and more than 40 film versions of his work have appeared, including Max Ophuls' 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman and, most recently, A Promise (based on Journey into the Past).
Pushkin Press, leader in the Zweig resurgence, has ensured the availability of much of his work, often in the inestimable Anthea Bell's crisp new translations. To coincide with the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pushkin has issued New Prada Bags 2017
often mingles with too many other unidentifiable strands. The appropriation of a work, though, can be tinged through this kind of use. Woody Allen's Love and Death spoofs the great Russian novels, just as his Midnight in Paris caricatures the Lost Generation, but the viewer is complicit with the jokes through shared knowledge.
Most important about Zweig is the cache of gems he left behind. The World of Yesterday, his memoir of Europe from the turn of the century through to the rise of Hitler, remains a touchstone with its overview of shifting culture, morals and politics. The culmination of his fiction, Beware of Pity, first published in 1939, alternately condemns war and muses on how an insignificant remark can reshape a life if unbridled emotions rule actions.
This marriage might seem more fitting when viewing Anderson's film as a pleasure for those seeking reprieve into an imaginary place where the surroundings are more beautiful and the worst scenarios (dismemberment, incarceration) become the stuff of hilarity. Zweig, too, was a crowd pleaser of a different sort. Some finally stick, their hearts strong enough to sustain the repeated alternating throttles and neglect. Aside from his masterful stomach churning plots that make the most ordinary life appear precious and precarious, Zweig provides a back story that becomes ever more tantalising. With his life's glittering distractions, his precisely groomed moustache, fussy manners and naive pacifism, it is tempting to settle on the figure of a man who appeared to have everything even as the world self destructed and who is now resigned to history as the driving force behind the double suicide that cut short his life and that of his 33 year old wife.
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Alongside The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov, Zweig's final work, The Royal Game (or A Chess Story), remains one of the finest fictions about the game. In it, a man imprisoned by the Gestapo steals a book in hopes of maintaining his sanity. To his horror, he discovers that the book is a compilation of famous chess matches. For those looking for a more complete education in Zweig, Pushkin offers a 720 page Collected Stories.
Today some of his exile friends have joined him in receiving popular revivals: Joseph Roth (who abused Zweig despite or because of his unfailing financial support), Jakob Wassermann and the daring Irmgard Keun, who sued the Gestapo for lost income after the ban of her ''degenerate'' books. In the decades after his death in Brazil in 1942, Zweig's works faded from popular consciousness. In France, though, he has remained among the top three foreign language bestsellers, behind only Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. While Zweig peaked during the glitzy but uncertain era that embraced Hemingway and Fitzgerald, his characters don't muster the manic levity of flapper girls or the bravado of post war wanderers. Likewise absent are the zany characters who populate Anderson's jolly romp.
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a Wes Anderson curated best of sampler. Inexplicably sporting the title of one of the film's sections, The Society of the Crossed Keys includes a French Riviera based novella about obsession and the beginnings of Zweig's memoir and his only full length novel, alongside an interview between Anderson and George Prochnik, whose new book on Zweig, The Impossible Exile, appears next month. But an inspiration remains by its nature unviewable and Prada Handbag Green
Zweig's writing is more subtle, but at the same time overflows with over the top, emotionally draining yet exhilarating melodrama. His work does not remove the viewer from their situation the way the best comedy can; his dramas amplify and, at their most successful, elucidate it. If Anderson is all about laughs, Zweig is a connoisseur of coursing blood and throbbing temple.
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While often daring in its descriptions of sexual obsession and psychological undoing, Zweig's work retains the feel of a lost world as its passions remain keenly topical. His writing teeters between the old and the new, the cream puff facade of decadent Viennese splendour alongside dirty secrets, with nods towards Freud, that proliferate in the tightly constrained.
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