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Stefan Zweig was particularly drawn to the novella, and Confusion, a rigorous and yet transporting dramatization of the conflict between the heart and the mind, is among his supreme achievements in the form.

A young man who is rapidly going to the dogs in Berlin is packed off by his father to a university in a sleepy provincial town. There a brilliant lecture awakens in him
Paperback, 153 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by NYRB Classics (first published 1926)
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Jun 25, 2014 Florencia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florencia by: Shayan
Shelves: german-austrian has rests as well as notes. (19)

Master of the novella. Connoisseur of the human soul. His prose tears down the walls that separate the mind from the outside world. It finds its way towards the essence of being. And you will no longer inhabit your own body. You become one of his characters, for better or for worse.

A young man was wasting his life until he had a conversation with his father that enlightened his path. That is how he ended up assisting to a talk with a brilliant professor
Said something like oh man that's awesome when I finished (owing more to the final half-page chapter than the entire novella) but still I'll rate it 4.25 stars rounded down since it sometimes felt melodramatic, sensationalist, hysterical -- a review on here calls Zweig a watered-down Proust or Stendhal but that doesn't hold water for me since the passionate tilt-a-whirl overwrought feints and parries in the French biggies are pronounced and dramatized ad nauseum whereas here they're glossed over ...more
We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil.

Roland, a well respected, older professor who holds an honored place in the ivory towers of academia, recalls his life as a young student, and his relationship to his own professor and mentor at that time-- a man whom he admired, obsessed over and wanted to emulate. He replays memories of his situation as a university student, having had a horrific grievance with his father, renting
M. Sarki
A longer and more polished review to follow, but suffice to say that this novella was a treat from start to finish. There are parallels to my own life here, so much so that it may take me a while to write something of any note about this fine book. I am very happy to have added Stefan Zweig to my growing list of writers whom I adore and am so grateful for. This book may not be for everyone, as it deals mostly with what it means to love, and the manners in which love can happen and exist for a pe ...more
Let’s see. A slightly annoying narrator serving as a kind of amanuensis to a creative genius. He becomes obsessed, sublimated to the great, enigmatic man. Foreboding shadows creep in. And then a night in a rented room. Cinematic darkness, like music, falls. A Confession.

when suddenly, ashamed and dismayed, I stood before his self-forgetful figure, I felt as if it were only Wagner sitting there, a physical shell in Faust’s garment…

And the underlying tension?: (view spoiler)
Chuck LoPresti
It's easy to dismiss Zweig as a pre-chewed Proust or half-stewed Stendhal and those criticisms are probably more than fair. But I think it's wrong to say that despite the relatively saccharine moments that Zweig doesn't write interesting books. I like Zweig's books the way I like music like the Carpenters. Sure it's all pretty obvious and pointed at a very general audience but there's something so polished and easy to digest that it's hard to ignore the skill on display. Zweig seems to have, at ...more
For if one feels reverent passion even of a pure nature for a woman, it unconsciously strives for physical fulfilment; nature has created an image of ultimate union for it in the possession of the body--but how can a passion of the mind, offered by one man to another and impossible to fulfil, ever find complete satisfaction?
I am very happy to have discovered Zweig thanks to a few of my GR friends (M. Sarki and Lee). He's a very good writer, and I was completely at the mercy of this story the who
Μια εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένη νουβέλα που αγγίζει ένα ιδιαίτερα ευαίσθητο θέμα, αντιμετωπίζοντάς το με αξιοθαύμαστη ευαισθησία και κατανόηση, παρά τις αντιλήψεις της εποχής στην οποία γράφτηκε. Εντυπωσιακό.
لن تستطيع إنزالها من يدك بعد الأسطر الأولى. الرواية اسم على مسمى "فوضى المشاعر"، ستشعر أحيانًا بحرارة الكلمات تخرج من الأسطر، وخصوصاً مشهد كتابة الطالب لكتاب المعلم وهو يلقنه إياه، كان وصف ستيفان عظيم جداً. النهاية جعلتني في حيرة شديدة من تقييم العمل، ولكن الكتاب بشكل عام رائع ولدى زفايج القدرة على سلب عقلك لأبسط الأشياء.
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
A wonderful story of love and admiration. Zweig beautifully portrays the two different kinds of love,divine and lustful. The admiration that every teenager feels towards his/her teacher and the extremes to which one goes to get that teacher's attention is described in words not much different from what happens in the real world. Intensity of emotions is what marks every work of Zweig,in my opinion. And that intensity is visible throughout the story. With Zweig,no emotion is simple,it's never jus ...more
‘Confusión de sentimientos’ es una novela breve de iniciación, en la que el protagonista y narrador, un joven estudiante universitario, nos relata su epifanía cuando descubrió una asignatura de literatura y, sobre todo, al profesor que la impartía, uno de esos profesores que dejan una profunda huella. Este momento fue el más importante en la vida del protagonista, que sin embargo pasó desapercibido para sus biógrafos. La novela trata la relación del estudiante con este particular profesor, a la ...more
Ahora si, que el momento incómodo en el que un libro te hace creer que es real. Sabes que un libro es bueno cuando la psique de los personajes está excelentemente desarrollado. Me sorprendió los giros que tomó y la habilidad descriptiva de Zweig. Bueno, mentira, no es sorpresivo, es una marca común de Zweig, pero no he podido superar la emoción y sorpresa que me producen sus letras.

Este libro es una ficción bien construida. Está muy bien estructurada y los personajes son reales y entrañables. Me
Alan Chen
I've been on a Zweig bent of late, and while I enjoy his writing, I find that with more familiary of his works I am also starting to notice his weaknesses. First the good: his novellas are short, tightly pact, and the narrative flows beautifully with almost a cinematographic quality. He gets deep into a character's psyche at a crucial point in their life and is able to render that successfully for the reader. The negative is that his works become somewhat predictable after a while because they f ...more
Kesinlikle iyi bir yapıt ama bazı yerlerde çeviride sorun var sanırım.
Can I give it 6 stars? It's one of those rare books that leave your heart exhausted, gasping for air, like after a long strenuous but satisfying race. Very Mannish, reminds me of Death of Venice. And why are German authors so good?! Mann, Hesse and now Zweig.
It is easy to see why Zweig was at one time one of the most popular writers in the world. The style (in the hands of translator Anthea Bell) is simple, the plot built from episodes of perfectly sustained and released narrative tension, the characters appearing both believable and completely comprehensible. But these qualities are also flaws—the style too transparent; the characters too complete; the plot too perfect a vehicle for the revelation of character. Everything is so cleanly resolved tha ...more
أيّ فوضى أقحمنا "ستيفان زفايغ" بين براثنها وهو يروي حكايته؟؟

إنها فوضى أعماق النفس التي يسبر زفايغ غورها بكل إتقان، ما بين عالم الفكر وجحيم الأهواء...في محاولة لإعادة ترتيبها، بعد أن يجسّ مواطن ضعفها وقوّتها

لحظة واحدة كفيلة بتفجير عالمنا الداخلي...وشخص واحد كفيل بنقلنا لحياة مختلفة...وقد عايش بطل الرواية تلك اللحظة ليخلد صاحب الفضل في دخوله عالم الفكر...ذاك الذي علّمه قيمة الكلمة وأنعش لغته بروحه...
بطل الرواية يروي ما خفي من بداياته التي أوصلته لما هو فيه الآن...بعيدا عما يعرفه تلاميذه وزملاءه ف
Et chef d'œuvre, à mon avis, il en est un! Je n'ai jamais rien lu de tel! Une véritable révélation! Stefan Zweig est un écrivain de grand talent! La prose grandiose de cet auteur m'a charmée, m'a éblouit! Je me suis laissée emportée par ses grandes envolées lyriques. Je me suis même accordé le plaisir de lire à voix haute, simplement pour palper l'énergie et la beauté de sa verve enflammée. Je suis incapable d'en parler tellement je suis submergée d'émotions…
En cierto sentido es muy de hoy: sus novelas duran lo que una peli, apenas un par de horas. En otro no: sin estridencias, sin ego de autor, sin sarcasmos. Zweig se asoma al borde, pero no se tira. Te deja ahí, al filo. Esta vez -quizá por la naturaleza del secreto y lo que significaba entonces- se mete al final en innecesarias explicaciones/justificaciones. El resto, como siempre: genial.
«Me parece infantil e insignificante lo que nuestros narradores cuentan en los libros como extraordinario y
Oh the magic of Zweig's words.
Stefan Zweig’s “Confusion” (1927) takes place in the staid bourgeois milieu occupied by a great deal of early 20th century German fiction, with preoccupations centered on reliable warhorses: academic life, professional gain, the churning submerged presence of sexuality in a conservative society, and ecstatic aesthetic flights of inner fancy by men whose daily lives are anything but passionate.

If the reader is in the mood for the circumscribed cultural fixations of its time and place, "Confusion
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“Confusión de Sentimientos” de Stefan Zweig. En torno al intimismo

Si hay un autor clásico con el que disfrute en demasía ese es, sin lugar a dudas, el austríaco Stefan Zweig, elección ineludible para mi proyecto de acabar de leer toda la obra de algunos autores en los próximos años.
Y es imprescindible porque su estilo (gracias a las fantásticas traducciones que, por otra parte, le realizan) roza lo sublime en todo momento, de un lirismo exacer
Nicholas During
Not quite sure what to think about Zweig really. In a way, he is a really good story teller, and this is a gripping story. In another way, he is a pretty terrible writer. I feel like he adds phrases on to sentences that just repeat what he has already said. And repetition is a real problem. I think I read the word "confusion" in this book at least 50 times.

But he does continue a German tradition of highly emotional, romantic writing. Before this I read Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther and I
I am not confused about Confusion. It is a beautiful story, brilliantly crafted, with Zweig's usual 'economy and subtlety', as Robert MacFarlane was quoted on the book jacket. There are numerous great expressions, such as 'intellectual gladiators' to describe academics. I will need to reread just to capture and savor again the highlights of his prose. Part way through the story, we can imagine what the outcome is, but Zweig still surprised me and gave such power and emotion to the ending that it ...more
Gayri ihtiyari, herhangi aklı başında bir arkadaştan çekiniyor; yeni uyanan vücudumun, şimdiye kadar yasak edilen her şeyden payını almasını istiyordum.
Gerasimos Evangelatos
Λέξη προς λέξη (και δε βρήκα ούτε μια περιττή) ενα σπουδαίο έργο. Κι όπως σωστά είπε κι η σοφή φίλη Ελένη: "καμμιά σύγχυση αισθημάτων για τούτη τη νουβέλα".
A gripping story from start to finish and the last couple of pages were amazing!! Very powerful way of story telling about ones passionte love to a young man. Glad I finished this today ;) HAPPY VALENTINEs ;))
Come Musica
Zweig è uno scrittore eccezionale. Scoperto con il racconto Paura, mi ha completamente conquistata!
All the novels and books of this writer of the German language are great, powerful pieces of literature. This one, about the confusing feelings a teacher feels for a young man, is one of his most brilliant and remains as relevant today as it was decades ago. It's short (as are a lot of Zweig's writings), simply told, yet deeply complex in what it portrays (the passion that consumates a man who struggles with what he feels), and beautifully compassionate. Zweig deserves every bit to be as famous ...more
Zweig aside from being a great writer, writes as a gifted author that understands the human psyche and human behavior. As opposed to a Psychologist that is a author, Zweig is a author first.
If you are into Austrian lit(story takes place in Germany/author Austrian) this is a fascinating look at homoerotic behavior-over simplification. As in most Zweig his writing is elegant and straight forward and your deeper thinkers(not that I am in that camp) will draw out deeper meaning in the relationships
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Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from and Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France,
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“We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when (as Stendhal has described it) the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes—a magical second, like the moment of generation, and like that moment concealed in the warm interior of the individual life, invisible, untouchable, beyond the reach of feeling, a secret experienced alone. No algebra of the mind can calculate it, no alchemy of premonition divine it, and it can seldom perceive itself.” 17 likes
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