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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
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Paperback, 153 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by NYRB Classics (first published 1926)
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Florencia
Jun 25, 2014 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florencia by: Shayan
Shelves: german-austrian
...music 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
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Lee
Dec 21, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
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
Nicole~
Dec 07, 2014 Nicole~ rated it really liked it
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
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Sam Quixote
Nov 29, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
Confusion is about a university student who goes from party monster to serious student, becoming obsessed with his charismatic literature teacher – who has a “dark secret”! The two become close as the student helps the teacher write a book on Elizabethan theatre and then… things happen.

Confusion is it for me and Stefan Zweig. Chess was a fine novella but everything I’ve read since has been mediocre to outright terrible; Confusion is firmly in the latter. It’s a self-consciously “literary” work
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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
Tony
Jul 24, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
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)
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Chuck LoPresti
Dec 12, 2012 Chuck LoPresti rated it really liked it
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
Jimmy
Dec 27, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Akylina
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.
Nesli
Sep 07, 2015 Nesli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kısa ve uzun öykülerle eserin adını taşıyan bir novelladan oluşuyor kitap. Öyküler güzeldi, hepsi birbirinden farklı temalarla örülse de genel olarak hüzünlü, melankolik ve umutsuz tutkulara saplanmış insanları okuyorsunuz. Karmaşık Duygular ise Amok Koşucusu'yla eş değerde, okudukça hatanın nerede olduğunu sorgulatan ve insanların tüm düşüncesiz yargılayışlarını harika şekilde yansıtan bir novella.
Ve son olarak "......ben de seni seviyorum."
Ana Carvalheira
Apr 06, 2016 Ana Carvalheira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cada vez que acabo de ler um livro de Stefan Zweig só me ocorre um pensamento: como é possível que a Academia Sueca tenha ignorado e não tenha aclamado a obra deste extraordinário escritor austríaco concedendo-lhe um prémio Nobel da Literatura!! É francamente inconcebível que o seu nome não faça parte da galeria dos autores galardoados pela sua genialidade, inteligência, sensibilidade e criatividade! Não me conformo …

Embora prefira a estrutura do romance à do conto ou à da novela, confesso que “
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Sayaf
Jun 08, 2013 Sayaf rated it really liked it
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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
Oscar
Apr 22, 2014 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Fernanda
Jun 23, 2012 Fernanda rated it it was amazing
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
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Ibtissam
Feb 07, 2016 Ibtissam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, beautifully written, completely disconnected me from The real world surrounding me and that's what a book should do to it's reader.
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
Harun
Apr 29, 2015 Harun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı
Kesinlikle iyi bir yapıt ama bazı yerlerde çeviride sorun var sanırım.
Michelle
Jul 08, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer08
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.
Brad
Apr 29, 2012 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
طَيْف
Jul 25, 2013 طَيْف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicholas During
Jun 12, 2012 Nicholas During rated it liked it
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
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aBeiLLe
Jul 19, 2012 aBeiLLe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coup-de-coeur
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…
Daniel
Nov 09, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shayan
May 31, 2015 Shayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh the magic of Zweig's words.
Stenwjohnson
Mar 24, 2015 Stenwjohnson rated it liked it
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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Mariano Hortal
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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
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Alor Deng
Jan 23, 2016 Alor Deng rated it liked it
Shelves: german
This book is a perfect illustration of the difference between a great writer and a great storyteller. Stefan Zweig is the former. He strings sentences together perfectly but a lot of the time they take the reader in circles. The story was predictable and there were some holes, wide enough to be fissures, that frustrated me. I'll admit to being slightly more critical here because I can't help but compare this to his masterpiece, "Chess Story" (one of the greatest things I've read).
julieta
Dec 06, 2015 julieta rated it liked it
Shelves: europa
I have always held some affection for Zweig, because I think "World of Yesterday" is pretty great, but reading this makes me think that maybe his thing isn't fiction. It didn't really move me, I found it, just okey, which is worse than really bad, because no matter how much he seems to put into it, it didn't move me that much.
I will read his book on Brasil, though, and I hope that book is a better example of what he's like in his true territory, at least for me.
Juan
Jul 20, 2016 Juan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Gran libro y muy recomendado. Comienza un pico lento y llega uno a preguntarse para donde va. Pero la historia se va acelerando para llegar a su punto más elevado en las últimas páginas. Zweig logra transmitir los sentimientos más profundos de dolor y oscuridad a través de sus palabras.
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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.” 18 likes
“Celui qui n'est pas passionné devient tout au plus un pédagogue; c'est toujours par l'intérieur qu'il faut aller aux choses, toujours, toujours en partant de la passion.” 5 likes
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