Stefan Zweig (1881-1942)

 

 

“For the more a man limits himself, the nearer he is on the other hand to what is limitless; it is precisely those who are apparently aloof from the world who build for themselves a remarkable and thoroughly individual world in miniature, using their own special equipment, termit-like.”


Stefan Zweig, Chess Story

 


Born in Vienna in 1881 and died by committing suicide along his wife in Petrópolis, Brazil, in 1942, Stefan Zweig is perhaps one of the most known and widely translated Austrian writers who were forced into exile following the Nazi rise in Europe.
Zweig was a prolific and versatile writer: He wrote poetry, short stories, novelettes, one complete and two incomplete novels, biographies, monographs, essays, dramas and a great number of letters. His works are primarily directed at the portrayal of the middle class. Nevertheless, the lower strata of society can also identify itself with some of writings.
Two books of Zweig books were burnt in the public auto-da-fe by the Nazi regime in the 1930s.
Though his fame and readership has waned considerably in our times, Zweig was, through the translation of his works in other languages, equally known in other parts of the words as he was in the German-speaking countries.