Austrian writer Stefan Zweig's final work, posted to his publisher the day before his tragic death, brings the destruction of a war-torn Europe ...Show synopsisAustrian writer Stefan Zweig's final work, posted to his publisher the day before his tragic death, brings the destruction of a war-torn Europe vividly to life. Written as both a recollection of the past, and as a warning for future generations, "The World of Yesterday" recalls the golden age of literary Vienna; its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall. A truthful and passionate account of the advent of the horror that tore apart European culture, "The World of Yesterday" gives us insight into the history of a world brutally destroyed, written by a master at the height of his literary talent.Hide synopsis
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Stefan Zweig's autobiography is a real-time, urgent eyewitness account of his beloved Europe ripping itself apart during World War II. The torment that he feels is compounded by the fact that he had previously endured the madness of World War I, which decimated that intellectual and cultural summit know as Vienna, and elsewhere. The madness - there is no better term to describe it - that he relates is relevant and familiar in our times; the branding of pacifists as "unpatriotic," the propaganda of newspaper and pop culture, the powers that be who do not fight but are willing to sacrifice the lives of others, all are familiar to the European in 1939, as well as the American in 2008. His intellect is inspiring. This book should be required reading in American high schools.
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