Fear by Stefan Zweig

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"A perfect translation of a near-perfect novella of bourgeois adultery and guilt."—Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year 2010

Finding her comfortable bourgeois existence as wife and mother predictable after eight years of marriage, Irene Wagner brings a little excitement into it by starting an affair with a rising young pianist. Her lover's former mistress begins blackmailing her, threatening to give her secret away to her husband. Irene is soon in the grip of agonizing fear.Written in the spring of 1913, and first published in 1920, this novella is one of Stefan Zweig's most powerful studies of a woman's mind and emotions. La Paura (1954) the Roberto Rossellini film based on the Stefan Zweig novel Fear was the last of the extraordinary features in which Rossellini directed Ingrid Bergman, his wife.
 

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STEPHAN ZWEIG (1881-1942) spent his youth studying philosophy and the history of literature in Vienna and belonged to a pan-European cultural circle that included Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss. 1n 1934, under National Socialism, Zweig fled Austria for England, where he authored several novels, short stories, and biographies. In 1941 Zweig and his second wife traveled to Brazil, where they both committed suicide. New York Review Books recently republished his novel, Chess Story, in Fall 2005.JOAN ACOCELLA is a staff writer for The New Yorker and contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books. Her latest books is Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism.
 
Published January 1, 2010 by Pushkin Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A woman experiences intense Fear, and is blackmailed by a witness to her adultery.

Apr 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Fear

The Jewish Chronicle

However, it is far more fruitful to view Zweig's artless tracing of Irene's emotional state - "Here the pictures in her mind's eye were suddenly extinguished in the darkness of a confused and cruel fear" - as a kind of psychic anatomy lesson: an attempt, like Freud's, to strip bare the mechanics ...

Feb 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Fear

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