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Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink
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Author: Zweig, Stefan

Brand: Pushkin Press

Edition: First Edition

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Number Of Pages: 224

Details: Product Description Stefan Zweig was a leading talisman of a united Europe of unfettered movement, of pro-active cultural exchange, humane decency and tolerance, all polar opposites of the Nationalist regimes he loathed, and which came to power in the 1930s. In these poignant essays and addresses, forged in the last years or even months of his life, he shows his profound concern for and dedication to the survival of Europe's spiritual integrity. These essays form the natural accompaniment to Zweig's renowned memoir The World of Yesterday, registering the same themes and evoking the same nostalgia for a world brutally consigned to history. They can be seen as a vital addendum to that major work or as a prefiguration. But perhaps even more so than the prose of the memoir, these essays, few in number but rich in content, reveal the essence of Zweig's thought. Review " Messages From a Lost World, a collection of Zweig’s nonfiction work . . . 10 essays cover the years 1914 to 1941, and they’re linked by themes as relevant now as they were in Zweig’s own day: the divisions between open and closed borders, between nationalism and internationalism, barbarism 
and civilization, tolerance and prejudice, ego and amity, intelligence and ignorance, war and peace. Together, they amount to a manifesto of fraternity in an age of catastrophe. . . . Zweig’s transnational visions in  Messages are a product of his displacement, and a sharp reminder to citizens about the agony of being stateless in the present age of the refugee. . . Zweig’s message of fraternity is welcome right now. His dream of a united and more humane Europe has been realized to a degree… under the aegis of the European Union. But even this partially realized version is now under serious threat.   At a time of monetary crisis and political disorder, of mounting border controls and barbed-wire fences…   Zweig’s celebration of the brotherhood of peoples reminds us that there is another way." — The Nation "One of liberalism's greatest defenders." —  New Republic "Zweig's impassioned pursuit of personal freedom seems more relevant than ever." —  Newsweek "In essays penned before and in the midst of both world wars, now newly collected in  Messages From a Lost World: Europe on the Brink, Zweig waxed eloquently, if somewhat naïvely, on the 'perennial yearning' for a unified, co-existing world." —Los Angeles Review of Books "These essays, few in number but rich in content, reveal the essence of Zweig's thought...  Messages from a Lost World is ably translated from German into English for an American readership by Will Stone, making it an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library collections. Messages from a Lost World is a lasting legacy for a new generation of readers from this memorable philosophy and dedicated historian." — Midwest Book Review "The earliest pieces in  Messages From a Lost World contain Zweig’s musings on the spiritual impact of the war, written while it was still in progress and with no end in sight. They are the thoughts of a man trying to find his way out of what must have seemed a completely reasonable state of despair. . . In pieces from the 1920s and early ’30s, Zweig takes it as a moral imperative to champion the cause of peace by reminding his readers and listeners that humanity could no longer afford the sort of belligerent nationalism that had led them into the Great War." — Inside Higher Ed "Pushkin Press leads the Zweig revival: in the past ten years it has published thirty of his books, the latest of which is Messages from a Lost World, a collection of essays and speeches translated by Will Stone. Ranging from 1914 to 1941, they survey the conflict in Europe between civilization and barbarism. . . While it is disheartening to read these pieces today, knowing how Zweig’s life ended, it is inspiring to see that they have been published. However defeated Zweig might appear to contemporary readers, however

EAN: 9781782271550

Release Date: 22-03-2016

Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 1.0 inches

Languages: English, German

Binding: Hardcover