- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Pushkin Press; Auflage: Reprint (20. September 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1906548374
- ISBN-13: 978-1906548377
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,8 x 19,7 cm
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“What did Zweig have that brought him the fanatical devotion of millions of readers, the admiration of Herman Hesse, the invitation to give the eulogy at the funeral of Sigmund Freud? To learn that, we would have to have a biography that illuminated all aspects of his work, that read all of his books, and that challenged, rather than accepted, the apparent modesty of his statements about his life and work.” – Benjamin Moser, Bookforum
"Touching and delightful. Those adjectives are not meant as faint praise. Zweig may be especially appealing now because rather than being a progenitor of big ideas, he was a serious entertainer, and an ardent and careful observer of habits, foibles, passions and mistakes." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Zweig’s readability made him one of the most popular writers of the early twentieth century all over the world, with translations into thirty languages. His lives of Mary Stuart and Marie Antoinette were international bestsellers." — Julie Kavanagh, The Economist Intelligent Life
"Zweig’s accumulated historical and cultural studies, whether in essay or monograph form, remain a body of achievement almost too impressive to take in... Full-sized books on Marie-Antoinette, Mary Stuart, and Magellan were international best sellers." — Clive James, Cultural Amnesia
"Stefan Zweig cherished the everyday imperfections and frustrated aspirations of the men and women he analysed with such affection and understanding." — Paul Bailey, Times Literary Supplement
"To read Zweig is to be in the presence of a properly mature writer, for all that his characters are often in the grip of highly inappropriate desires." — Guardian
"Zweig is the most adult of writers; civilised, urbane, but never jaded or cynical; a realist who none the less believed in the possibility - the necessity - of empathy." — Independent
"Zweig’s genius as a storyteller encompasses the brainy as well as those of average intelligence, the very rich and the desperately poor. He deserves to be famous again, and for good'." — Times Literary Supplement
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
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Still, the following quotation is just one example of the remarkable insights that Zweig brings to the often told story of Mary's tragic life:
"She knew that by inheritance she had been called to the position of ruler, that her beauty and breeding and culture made her worthy to occupy any throne in Europe; and just as other women of her tender years are wont to dream of immeasurable love, so did she dream but one dream— the dream of immeasurable power."
Zweig says that Mary, practically born a queen, and, for a short period, a Queen of France, never saw herself as confined to the poor soil of Scotland but as destined to reign over England in Elizabeth's place.
In the meantime, she tried to create a bit of France in Holyrood Palace together with her four Mary's, the young women who had accompanied her to France and back again to Scotland...to this "austere and tragical country".
Tragical because it was in the grip of John Knox, a fanatic, a megalomaniac who used religion to glorify himself and to oppress everyone else.
Tragical, too, because it's nearest neighbor was the England of a Queen whose throne Mary also claimed. That claim and Mary's personal attraction drew innumerable men into her schemes. Again to quote this marvelous writer: "No luck ever blessed him who hated Mary Stuart, and those who loved her were consigned to an even more terrible end."
Zweig's analysis of Mary's character is extremely interesting, but his analysis of Queen Elizabeth is astonishing: He paints her as a mass of indecision and even of fear, a result of her troubled childhood amid self-seeking nobles, a result, above all, of her strange physical deformity. Yet Zweig states, "She had an earnest wish to be magnanimous and kind....The signing of a death warrant was a misery to her."
A striking facet of this account is Zweig's statement that Bothwell never loved Mary although he violated her. He was a man of brutal instincts, loving his wife but easily betraying her. And Mary the Queen was just another woman to him. Except that she could make him a King.
A fascinating analysis of two Queens. But it would have profited from a few cuts.
The author of this book is a brilliant writer, he not only tells the whole history of Mary Stuart in full, but also analyses her motivations. When she moves to England he describes the relationship she has with Queen Elizabeth the First of England - who was her cousin.
Stefan Zweig is a remarkable author, whose work was revered in the 1950's. He spoke several languages and also wrote books in these languages. This book is gripping!
A very informative and wonderful work of art on the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland and the Outer Islands.