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Der Amokläufer

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  1,564 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Die Gestalten dieser Erzählungen sind - wie Madame de Prie - »eigentlich oberflächliche Charactere«, die sich durch ihr leidenschaftliches Temperament selbst in »seltsamste Umstände« bringen, in Situationen, die sie nicht meistern können, die ihnen plötzlich ausweglos erscheinen.
Geschichte eines Unterganges – Das Kreuz – Ein Verbummelter – Der Amokläufer – Die Mondscheing
Paperback, 202 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt (first published 1922)
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no, guys, it isn't that zweig...

i am grateful for my book club for wrenching me out of the world of teen fiction, if only momentarily. even though i have been enjoying some of the teen stuff, sometimes i just want to read about someone older than myself. otherwise i just feel elderly and out of touch.

this book contains four short stories; three parts devotion, one part despair.i am not sure if this review is the road to spoiler city, but i am going to discuss the situation that links these four

This is yet another gripping novella by Zweig.

In his memoirs, The World of Yesterday, he describes his method of composition. It was based on one word: trimming. He would write and write, and then his most enjoyable activity was cutting things out and paring his writing to the bone. It seems that he would cut 100,000 words to half that.

May be that is his secret for his ability to allure the reader so very fast and so unceasingly. He identified the essential, that which leads and captivates the a
"I had seen a new world, I had taken in turbulent, confused images that raced wildly through my mind. Now I wanted leisure to think, to analyze and organize them, make sense of all that had impressed itself on my mind." - Stefan Zweig, Amok

I can relate to the above quote so well. I love the poetic, introspective tone...

A brilliant book. It's only my second Zweig book but I love him already. Zweig is a wonderful craftsman of short stories and these ones in are just stunning. They are all tragic t
Monica Carter
Stefan Zweig is not your typical Viennese novelist, journalist, playwright and biographer. He and his wife committed a double suicide in 1942. Suicide is a touchy subject in the Land of the Free. We can't withstand the guilt suicide suggests in the hard-working and God Fearing U.S. of A.

Frankly, there is no glamour in it here.

I am not suggesting it by any means, but it is interesting to note that in other countries such as Japan, China and India, suicide is viewed as a more virtuous, perhaps eve
Superb ! - Nobody, just nobody could get even close.
Zweig is unsurpassed Maestro in the genre of the short psychological story !!!

The life is burnt in Amok with the fierce fire passion
Emotions run on high, like live volcano at eruption
The spark of human tragedy and pain of soul's despair
Death, doom of suicide and fatal end of unrequited love affair
On a night when the moon has cast its brightest sheen over the darkest night sky, I will think of Zweig! This is because I have experienced the most beautiful moonlight reveries in several of his short stories. When gazing upon the brightest star in the sky on a moonless night, I will think of Francois, the waiter from The Star Above The Forest, because I will remember how I cried for him as he stared at that star above the trees of that forest. When I think of my Star Man ;), I will often be re ...more
Amok is, undoubtedly, one of my most favorite stories. It has everything in it, over brimming with tension, passion, morbid infatuation, colonialism, existential crisis and what not. It withholds in itself innumerable emotions, thoughts and experience that can't be put to paper by anyone. Anyone but Stefan Zweig. He is one of his kind in the craft mingling fiction with the reality of human psychology.
This is my absolute favorite.
Carlos Ortiz
Es el primero libro que leo de Stefan Zweig y me pareció excelente.

La primera historia de Madame de Prie es excelente y refleja aquel estado psicólogico de algunas personas en el que la imagen de uno mismo queda completamente subordinada al sentimiento de superioridad y poder y como después perderlo se presenta un vacío tal, que puede llevar a la autodestrucción .

La historia coronel de las tropas napoleonicas emboscadas es excelente también. Nos lleva por un paisaje desolado de muerte en el cual
I found Amok to be an intriguing story that offers much to think about. It’s the story of a doctor facing an existential crisis in what was, when Zweig wrote this story in 1922, the Dutch East Indies. A psychological study that shows the character confronted by a moral dilemma that becomes an irrational compulsion which destroys him, the novella is framed as a narrative within a narrative. A stranger meets this distraught doctor hiding himself away from everyone as their ship returns to Europe, ...more
I can write nothing here that would describe the wonder of these stories, without betraying the elegiac beauty you should discover for yourself.
A masterful writer and storyteller, he explores an aching love and vivid sadness that I have only seen clearly before from Wilde and Poe.
Suffice it to say that Stefan Zweig now holds a place amongst my favourite authors.
Alan Chen
I don't want to gush, but these short stories are absolute gems. The book is composed of 4 stories: two long, two short. Each are miniature character studies and meditations on suicide. Mournful in tone but also redemptive for they die with purpose. The writing is sedate in pace and masterfully laid out.
Recunosc ca nu as fi citit aceasta carte daca nu ar fi cumparat-o prietenul meu - Stefan Zweig nu era pe lista mea de citit, deocamdata. Nu mi-a parut rau, insa: cele doua povestiri sunt captivante, pline de imaginatie si mi-au trezit interesul pentru autor.
"Obsedatul" (Chess Story) mi-a placut cel mai mult. Despre "Amoc" am crezut, initial, ca se refera la numele personajului - inculta de mine! Cuvantul "amoc" exista in DEX si inseamna " 1. (Med.) Boală mintală tropicală, provocată de abuzul d
Read the novella length Amok as published by itself in a tattered English edition from 1931. (Hooray for university libraries!)

The colonialism and attendant racism age this book but nonetheless underscore what was and wasn't done during a very specific time and place. Also, Zweig hits the notion of "running amok" very heavily and none too subtly. But as the story of a man out of control this still has a certain draw as obsessive passion leads to the downfall of a German doctor serving in Malaysi
Έχοντας δει το Grand Budapest hotel, συνεπαρμένος από την ονειρική, ευτράπελη και σπιρτόζικη ατμόσφαιρα της ταινίας, εσπευσα να αναζητήσω τον Zweig. Στο έργα του -έτσι, ασαφώς- λέει πως στηρίχτηκε η ιστορία της ταινίας.

Το Αμόκ, η πιο πρόσφατη έκδοση του Αυστριακού, είναι ένα από τα πολύ γνωστά έργα της βιβλιογραφίας του. Αντί για σπιρτάδα, έπεσα σε ένα πεισιθάνατο κατασκεύασμα, ζοφερό, βαρύ, όπου όλοι οι ήρωες αυτοκτονούν ή δολοφονούν στο τέλος των ιστοριών. Μα δεν είναι το βαρύ αυτό επαναλαμβα
Nülifer Akdemir
Okurken aynı zamanda olaylar ve konuşmalar o kadar net kafamızda canlanıyor ki olaylara birebir tanık olduğumuz da söylenebilir. Bu da Zweig'in anlatım mucizesidir.
İlk hikaye Amok Koşucusu. Amok sözcük anlamı ile bir tür sarhoşluk halini ifade etmektedir.Amoka yakalananlar ileriye atılır ve nereye gittiği belli olmadan durmadan koşarlar.Önüne çıkanı öldürürler.Geldiğini görenler , tehlikeyi herkese duyurmak için bağırırlar . "Amok! Amok! " Herkes kaçar. Ama amokun delice koşusu sonsuza dek ceza
Amok and Other Stories (1922) consists of the novella "Amok", along with three short stories that were originally published alongside it, "The Star Above the Forest", "Leporella" and "Incident on Lake Geneva".

The nameless narrator of "Amok" is a passenger on an ocean liner traveling from Calcutta to Europe just before the Great War, who encounters a man who is in hiding from the other passengers. He is agitated and emotionally fragile but civil to the narrator. On a second visit, the narrator lo
Cayenne Ellis
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Jan 15, 2009 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Juliane
Shelves: 2009
In the afterword for Chess Story, I read that Zweig is concerned with the limitations of humanity. This is very clear in these four Young Werther types stories of future suicides driven to an primal, animalistic degree. In this translation, the word "dog-like" pops up in almost every story. The titular Leporella in the third story is compared to a work-horse, an ox, and a dog by turns. And the doctor in Amok acts much like an elephant in must, rampaging past sense and logic into a kind of self d ...more
2,5 stars
«Amok», «A Carta de Uma Desconhecida» e «A Colecção Invísivel» são três breves contos que nos trazem três histórias diferentes. A primeira fala-nos sobre um homem que pretende saber se o amor é que governa a sua vida e fica de certa forma, obcecado com essa análise. O segundo fala-nos sobre uma mulher que gostaria de que o homem que ama reconhecesse a paixão que ela tem por ele e o terceiro e último conto, fala-nos sobre os coleccionistas.
Gostei bastante da escrita do autor Stefan, e
Zweig is a mind-reader. He observes the actions perfectly and makes a comprehensive description for us. Because of his writing style, he should be supposed as a good writer; for me, it's like that. Now, without doubt, we can figure out how was Wes Anderson deeply influenced by this great man's works...
Un style très fluide et percutant !
Belle description dans laquelle une passion peut nous mener à la folie.
"Amok" is one of my favorite short read at one sitting.
This is an excellent, well written tale. I did not want to put it down.
Une belle histoire que j'aurais voulu voir plus développée.
These stories are vivid and haunting. If you're into the common "vignette" format of many good short stories, along with studies of the varying levels of emotional (in)stability we mortals experience, you'll be into this collection. It took me far too long to catch on to what the common thread was in each of these tales, but I blame the fact that each pulled me in so completely while I was reading it.

I don't want to make it sound like this book is so amazing that it's for everyone. Non-eccentri
I found this book amongst the Book Club books while shelving books as a volunteer at the library. I had never heard of the author Stefan Zweig before. I read about him before reading the book and knew that he and his second wife commited suicide. Then I read this little book of four short stories. I don't want to spoil anything, but it is an extraordinary book so well written and a very interesting Afterward at the end.
I really enjoyed these stories. Perhaps 'enjoyed' is not the word, given their dark view of life. But actually I didn't find them dark at all. And I liked them more, oddly, than the Selected Stories collection of Zweig's short stories, even though on the face of it they were darker.

I wondered if it was because the translation was better, but the Anthea Bell translated some of the Selected Stories, as well as these ones.

So it must just be his changing style of writing.
Denizhan Budak
kitabı okuyalı çok oldu ama kitabın ismini görür görmez aklıma tek bir şey geldi: ölüm. bi ara çıldıracak gibi olmustum.
Zweig is a master story-teller, and these four tales, including the remarkable novelette "Amok," all share a common theme of people caught in the hands of fate, or trapped by their own actions and their inability to control the consequences of those actions. Zweig died by his own hand in 1942, a fact that will make certain aspects of these stories even more poignant.
Myriam St-Denis Lisée
Les 3 nouvelles déclinent la passion humaine de trois façons différentes. L'homme est toujours celui à qui arrive l'histoire et la femme, celle qui souffre le plus. C'est fascinant qu'un homme de cette époque puisse entrer de façon si juste dans la tête de ces femmes, et aborder la monoparentalité, l'avortement, et autres sans jugement moral ni condamnation.
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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,
More about Stefan Zweig...
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