Six stories


Stefan Zweig was one of the greatest of all European writers of the short story. With extraordinary economy and verve he conjures up the strange and painful fates of individuals buffeted by the First World War and its grim aftermath. Six of his most famous stories are collected here in translations by Jonathan Katz: ‘The Invisible Collection’, ‘Episode on Lake Geneva’, ‘Leporella’, ‘Buchmendel’, ‘The Buried Candelabrum’ and ‘Burning Secret’.

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‘One of the masters of the short story’ Guardian

‘I have to tell you – you see, this is just about the strangest experience I have been through…’

These six stories of obsession, secrets, delusions and desires from one of the greatest European writers show individuals caught up in forces beyond their control – whether an art dealer agreeing to a heartbreaking deception, a soldier destroyed by war, a servant infatuated with her employer or a young boy witnessing illicit adult passions. Portraying innocence lost and lives crushed by history, each tale is a psychologically acute, startling human drama.

Translated by Jonathan Katz

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Weight220 g
Dimensions19612820 mm