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Fearby Stefan Zweig
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Finding her comfortable bourgeois existence as wife and mother predictable after eight years of marriage, Irene Wagner brings a little excitement into it by starting an affair with a rising young pianist. Her lover’s former mistress begins blackmailing her, threatening to give her secret away to her husband. Irene is soon in the grip of agonizing fear.
Written in the spring of 1913, and first published in 1920, this novella is one of Stefan Zweig’s most powerful studies of a woman’s mind and emotions.
La Paura (1954) the Roberto Rossellini film based on the Stefan Zweig novel Fear was the last of the extraordinary features in which Rossellini directed Ingrid Bergman, who was then his wife.
Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, a member of a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a translator and later as a biographer. Zweig travelled widely, living in Salzburg between the wars, and enjoying literary fame. His stories and novellas were collected in 1934. In the same year, with the rise of Nazism, he briefly moved to London, taking British citizenship. After a short period in New York, he settled in Brazil where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in bed in an apparent double suicide.
"A perfect translation of a near-perfect novella of bourgeois adultery and guilt."—Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year 2010
Irene Wagner starts an affair with a young pianist. When she finds herself blackmailed by her lover's former mistress, Irene is soon in the grip of an agonizing fear.
About the Author
Stefan Zweig (18811942) was a novelist, playwright, journalist, and biographer. His other titles include Beware of Pity, Chess Story, Fantastic Night and Other Stories, The Post-Office Girl, and The World of Yesterday. Anthea Bell is best known for her translations of the French Asterix comics and is also the translator of Wondrak and Other Stories.
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