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The World of Yesterday Audiobook

The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European

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Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, recalls the golden age of prewar Europe - its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars. Zweig's passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. It is an unusually humane account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II, seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era. Zweig's books (novels, biographies, essays) were translated into numerous languages, and he moved in the highest literary circles; he also encountered many leading political and social figures of his day.

The World of Yesterday is a remarkable, totally engrossing history. This translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his most important work, completed shortly before his tragic death in 1942. It is read with sympathy and understanding by David Horovitch.

©1942 Fischer Verlag. 2011 Anthea Bell (translation) (P)2017 Ukemi Productions Ltd

What the Critics Say

"One of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century." (David Hare)
"Zweig's celebration of the brotherhood of peoples reminds us that there is another way." (The Nation)

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    "More Zweig please"

    A compelling memoir. I would love to see a collection of stories, his novellas and more of his non fiction available on audible.

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    "Lucidity whilst Civilization reverts to barbarism"

    Zweig conveys Within his memoir a rational observation ofHitlers rape upon civilization thereby rendering categorical destruction that became known as The Final Solution. Zweig' s first hand experience reveals to us the reader both a minds journey into Diaspora partnered with literal flight from his homeland, Austria and the threatening clouds of war encumbered once again what has been the Jewish burden since Moses lead his people out of Egypt. Calm and collected I walked with Zweig as he spoke the inner world of a man in the act of losing all held in highest priority to be truly civilized and autonomous. I am a better person now for having read this account. I am sincerely grateful for his effort in gifting posterity so we and future generations have a light on to see the signs of moral decay and respond with either pen or mobilization against Evil.

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