Stefan Zweig – The Post Office Girl

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Lady Fancifull

Gissing with more heart

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig resolutely understood the bleakness of individual lives set against the remorseless grinding of a state machinery.

Stefan_Zweig2Zweig, a melancholy, intensely feeling writer, was born in Vienna in the 1880s and was a much lauded writer, at home and abroad, in the 20s and 30s. He was a pacifist, and the misery and futility of the Great War is certainly expressed in his writing. His instinctive feel for ‘the little man’, his visceral engagement with socialism, and his Jewishness led to him leaving Austria in 1934, first settling in the UK, and then later in America. Events in Europe very much overwhelmed his intense and empathetic nature.

In this book, suffused with rage, despair and also compassionate, hopeless, solutionless understanding, hisPost Office Girl central character is definitely one of the little people. Set in Austria, after the end of the first world war, Christine is…

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