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Verwirrung der Gefühle

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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
Broschiert, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt (first published 1926)
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Helen Stavraki
Jul 31, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Καμία σύγχυση αισθημάτων.

Μια γλυκιά, τρυφερή,γεμάτη συναισθήματα και σκέψεις εξομολόγηση.
Η βαθιά πλατωνική αγάπη ενός φοιτητή φιλολογίας στο Βερολίνο για τον ηλικιωμένο καθηγητή του στο πανεπιστήμιο.
Ο Ρολάν,είναι ο φοιτητής και ταυτόχρονα ο αφηγητής αυτής της ιστορίας. Ηλικιωμένος πια και ίδιος,με αφορμή το δώρο των φοιτητών του για την εξηκοστή επέτειο των γενεθλίων του,αναπολεί με γλυκιά νοσταλγία και βαθιά ευγνωμοσύνη αυτή την φοιτητική του ιστορία με τον λατρεμένο του μέντορα που του χάρα
Sep 27, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those fascinated by life's elucidation of confusion
You should begin by hearing the language in the mouths of the poets who create and perfect it, you must have felt poetry warm and alive in your hearts before we start anatomizing it.

How similar are we to those we teach, to those from whom we learn? This is the exploration. For when we reflect upon our lives, which one of our influencers will we find we've become? And at some point in our youthful, confused naiveté, what could we have overlooked?
And so I, who have spent a lifetime depicting huma
May 17, 2014 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 15, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Quixote
Nov 29, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2016 Sıla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nasıl bir kitap insanın tüm duyularına hitap eder? Bir yazar nasıl bu kadar derinden hissetmemizi sağlar aklım almıyor. Hayatım boyunca ilk kez okuduğum bir kitap beni sarhoş etti. Her satır, her paragraf o kadar dolu ve akıcı, o kadar içten ve anlayışlıydı ki! Kıyıda köşede kalmış, önem vermediğimiz, basite aldığımız tüm duyguları o kadar usta bir dile anlatmış ki Zweig, keşke ömrü daha uzun olsaydı ve daha çok kitap bırakabilseydi. Nasıl bir yazar her seferinde farklı bir doyuma erdirir ki oku ...more
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)
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 “
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.
Chuck LoPresti
Dec 12, 2012 Chuck LoPresti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 12, 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."
Apr 14, 2017 Damla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zweig ve karmaşık duyguları... Kitap, insanın iç hesaplaşmalarını bolca tahlil eden öykülerden oluşuyor. Son öykünün ismi Karmaşık Duygular olmasına karşın kitapta derlenen öykülerin hepsi birer karmaşık duygu öyküsü aslında. Bana 5 yıldız verdiren öyküler ise özellikle son 3 öykü: Zıt İkizler, Bir Çöküşün Öyküsü ve Karmaşık Duygular. Zweig'ın kişileriyle her an her yerde karşılaşabilirsiniz.
Jun 08, 2013 Sayaf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Nov 24, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story about a rebellious young man, Roland, who finds an appreciation for learning but also for the companionship of his much older professor. This is not another adulterous, scandalous professor-student love affair, however. As you read, it's not completely obvious that the two have more than a mutual desire for knowledge which motivates Roland to do well in school and his professor to finish his work. But, much like the beginnings of many love relationships, this one begins wi ...more
Feb 12, 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
Viji  (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
Feb 07, 2016 Ibtissam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-babies
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.
Jul 20, 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
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
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…
Aug 04, 2008 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.
Apr 14, 2015 Harun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı
Kesinlikle iyi bir yapıt ama bazı yerlerde çeviride sorun var sanırım.
Mar 17, 2017 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con el correr de las novelas de Zweig voy notando elementos recurrentes tales como los triánguloa amorosos, tensión sexual, historias dentro de historias, recuento desde el pasado. Esta vez hay un condimento extra que eleva una vez más la apuesta. Prefiero no spoilearlo y que sea tomado por sorpresa para los nuevos lectores a pesar que iniciado el relato este detalle se vislumbra. Su lenguaje y expresión nunca baja de excelente y lleva el plus de no aburrir nunca. Quizás por venir dosificando e ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Realini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confusion by Stefan Zweig

Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at:


I am confused...
After reading most of the book, I thought that the hero has an affection for his teacher and vice versa.

Nevertheless, there seems to have been more than I detected.
Yet, in a note posted on YouTube after finishing the first part I have speculated on the undercurrents of this account.

There appeared to be an intimacy that recalled the Ancient G
Mar 18, 2011 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
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
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
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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 an Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France, a
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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.” 24 likes
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