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The Royal Game & Other Stories (édition 1981)

par Stefan Zweig

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Stefan Zweig gained early fame as a poet, translator, and biographer. When he added fiction to his repertoire, his work was critically acclaimed. However, Zweig has fallen into an undeserved obscurity, and unlike the works of his contemporaries and admirers--fellow Austrian and German writers such as Thomas Man, Herman Hesse, and Sigmund Freud--Zweig's writings have become almost completely unavailable to the English-speaking audience. The Royal Game and Other Stories is a collection of five of his brilliant creative achievements, revives Zweig's art, making it once again available to a wide range of readers. Spanning his entire career, the stories included--""The Royal Game,"" ""Amok,"" ""Letter from an Unknown Woman,"" ""The Burning Secret,"" and ""Fear""--each reveal an individual's passionate response to life. Toying with the theme of the mind left to itself, Zweig gives the reader everything from the story of a child's distrust of his mother to one of a man driven to insanity by his imaginary chess games. Zweig's enormous interest in psychology and psychological problems combine with early century settings to provide compelling stories that prove Zweig to be a master of psychological narrative. Through the years, the stories of Stefan Zweig have been hailed as intense and memorable psychological thrillers--adventures of the mind--with wide, universal appeal. The five masterpieces in this book reveal why Zweig has earned such praise, and should help his legacy continue on to a new generation of readers.… (plus d'informations)
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Although there are a number of stories by Zweig that I have enjoyed a great deal, I did not particularly like (or enjoy) most of the ones in this collection, to my dismay (“The Royal Game,” “Amok,” “Fear,” “The Burning Secret”). They tended to impress me in their technical aspects: the care in the writing, the creativity, the plotting…but the stories as a whole left me largely unimpressed. Most deal with state of mind and interior thoughts. The one I enjoyed the most is one of his most famous stories, “Letter From an Unknown Woman.” It was made into a celebrated film in 1948 (by Max Ophüls) which I’ve never seen and into a Chinese version (that is quite faithful to the story) in 24 which I have enjoyed immensely. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 25, 2023 |
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  laplantelibrary | Mar 4, 2022 |
A claustrophobic collection on monomania.

Zweig feels to me to be like the Jodi Picoult of his time: both are widely-read authors of their time whose almost defiantly-plain and simple proses are so good at capturing the psychology of individual characters leading up to and after a pivotal moment. The hindsight of time and his resurgent popularity have revealed Zweig to contain evergreen aspects of the human condition, which makes me wonder how fickle reading habits are and what contemporary works will still be marvelled in a century.

Favourite story: The Burning Secret is absolutely brilliant.

Remaining ranking: Followed by a tie between The Royal Game and Fear. Then Letter from an Unknown Woman. Then Amok firmly trampled and battened down in last place because I just loathe the plot itself. ( )
  kitzyl | Oct 16, 2020 |
Zweig is a master storyteller! Each of these five long short stories (probably too long to be short stories and too short to be novellas) is a psychological thriller, describing obsession so clearly that you, the reader, are swept up its suspense. Zweig, an Austrian Jew, wrote "The Royal Game", during WWII. It has been said to depict Nazi psychological warfare. It along with "The Burning Secret" were my favorites in this volume. But each one is exceptional and wonderfully written. Highly recommended! ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
An amazing assemblage of stories. Although the titular one "takes the cake" (as they say) the rest were fully explorable. It was like going into a literary maze and experiencing everything while being guided on the path by the plot-line and being given asides by the characters. Zweig was a talent, for sure, and he shows himself in fine form here with his prose. There is a lot of creativity, originality, and things to garnish here and I recommend this book for all those interested in world literature. I assure you, it will not be a bad decision.

4.5 stars. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Jul 19, 2019 |
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Stefan Zweig gained early fame as a poet, translator, and biographer. When he added fiction to his repertoire, his work was critically acclaimed. However, Zweig has fallen into an undeserved obscurity, and unlike the works of his contemporaries and admirers--fellow Austrian and German writers such as Thomas Man, Herman Hesse, and Sigmund Freud--Zweig's writings have become almost completely unavailable to the English-speaking audience. The Royal Game and Other Stories is a collection of five of his brilliant creative achievements, revives Zweig's art, making it once again available to a wide range of readers. Spanning his entire career, the stories included--""The Royal Game,"" ""Amok,"" ""Letter from an Unknown Woman,"" ""The Burning Secret,"" and ""Fear""--each reveal an individual's passionate response to life. Toying with the theme of the mind left to itself, Zweig gives the reader everything from the story of a child's distrust of his mother to one of a man driven to insanity by his imaginary chess games. Zweig's enormous interest in psychology and psychological problems combine with early century settings to provide compelling stories that prove Zweig to be a master of psychological narrative. Through the years, the stories of Stefan Zweig have been hailed as intense and memorable psychological thrillers--adventures of the mind--with wide, universal appeal. The five masterpieces in this book reveal why Zweig has earned such praise, and should help his legacy continue on to a new generation of readers.

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