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By Oliver Matuschek

"It will certainly be considered as the authoritative Stefan Zweig biography within the future."—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

This is the approved biography of the world-famous Austrian author Stefan Zweig. It comprises this kind of own aspect conspicuously absent from Zweig's memoir The international of Yesterday, providing us a glimpse into the non-public global of this grasp of mental perception. Drawing on a wealth of resources held via the Zweig property, to which Oliver Matuschek had specific entry, he recounts the eventful lifetime of a author spoilt via good fortune, which replaced course lower than the impact of up to date occasions and ended tragically in a suicide pact along with his moment spouse Lotte. The identify Three Lives refers back to the 3 significant levels in Zweig's life—his years of apprenticeship, his years of good fortune as a certified "working author" in Salzburg, and eventually his years of exile in Britain, the us, and Brazil.

Oliver Matuschek studied politics and smooth background, has co-authored numerous documentaries, and has released various works, such a lot lately I comprehend the Magic of Writing: Catalogue and historical past of the Autograph number of Stefan Zweig (2005).


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In the years that followed the two brothers had their photograph taken frequently. The velvet suits with the enormous-looking bows knotted around their necks, which they are wearing in one of the photos, were probably their—not very comfortable—everyday wear. Stefan in particular, with his round face, chestnut-brown hair and big, dark eyes was regarded as an adorable child by those who had not witnessed one of his feared temper tantrums. On one occasion, indeed, a member of the Austrian imperial household stopped her carriage in order to speak to the sweet little boy who was walking in the park with his father—a memorable occasion that went down in family history.

Moriz Zweig’s retiring ways were manifested not only in his business dealings, but also in his private life. He never played a prominent role in professional or business associations or on the city’s social circuit. He never accepted any award, and instead of cutting a figure at smart receptions he preferred to stay at home in the evenings and play on his beloved piano. The diary entry made by his son Stefan many years later, in December 1915, shows very clearly where this diffidence finally led him: “Father’s seventieth birthday.

Let us hope so at least, given that he did not even learn to swim until long after his student days were over … He had started to collect stamps during his early years at school. At the age of twelve he switched with the same enthusiasm to collecting autographs, which promised to be a lot more exciting. Wherever and whenever they could, Zweig and his classmates stalked their victims at the stage doors of the city’s theatres and opera houses. Vienna was well blessed in those days with theatrical venues, and actors and singers were universally revered as gods—which made the boys’ forays a great deal easier.

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