Journey Into the Past

Journey Into the Past

Book - 2009
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A deep study of the uneasy heart by one of the masters of the psychological novel, Journey into the Past , published here for the first time in America, is a novella that was found among Zweig's papers after his death. Investigating the strange ways in which love, in spite of everything--time, war, betrayal--can last, Zweig tells the story of Ludwig, an ambitious young man from a modest background who falls in love with the wife of his rich employer. His love is returned, and the couple vow to live together, but then Ludwig is dispatched on business to Mexico, and while he is there the First World War breaks out. With travel and even communication across the Atlantic shut down, Ludwig makes a new life in the New World. Years later, however, he returns to Germany to find his beloved a widow and their mutual attraction as strong as ever. But is it possible for love to survive precisely as the impossible?
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781590173671
Branch Call Number: FICTION ZWE
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea


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Aug 21, 2020

Zweig's last novel, and not one of his better ones. The emotional tone is so restrained, you have a hard time understanding what has kept the love alive for ten years, in the face of a war that cut off communication between the lovers.

Sep 16, 2016

Great writing, and good foreword and afterword too.

May 04, 2015

The story is rather cliched, but the way he tells it is delightful.

Mar 13, 2015

I was led to the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig because he was cited as an influence for one of my favorite films of last year, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Born into a wealthy Jewish family, he fled Europe after the rise of the Nazis and eventually settled in Brazil, where he and his wife killed themselves in 1942. This novella wasn't published until after his death. Also see "The Post -Office Girl" and "Chess Story." "He is the master of hidden impulses, of passionate excess, of l'amour fou, of desires that run amuck. . ."-from the introduction

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