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Wondrak and Other Stories

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Compulsion, In the Snow and Wondrak all concern Zweig's strong anti-war feelings following the First World War. The artist Ferdinand, central figure of Compulsion, partly reflects Zweig's own experience. In The Snow tells of the plight of a group of Jews who freeze to death while trying to escape a medieval pogrom. In Wondrak, a woman, disfigured since birth, attempts to s ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Pushkin Collection (first published March 1st 1994)
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Aug 24, 2016 Cecily rated it really liked it
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We feel revulsion not for the negligent designer but for the innocent thing it has designed.

Parents may shake their fists at God if their child is born imperfect, but society is more likely to spurn the child than God.

This is a story of the power of simply getting on with life, and the transformative power of maternal love. Zweig didn't finish writing it, but it doesn’t feel incomplete; you just don’t know what happens next.

I read this as one of the stories in the collection titled The Invisi
Dec 23, 2010 Ferris rated it it was amazing
A selection which is part of the 2010 Author Theme read on the three short stories found in [Wondrak and other stories]. I was, as I am sure it occurs commonly, left pofoundly touched by "Wondrak" and it's unfinished ending. I spent a lot of time considering where the author was at that time in his life, in Brazil, and what his state of mind was. I have to also wonder why the story was entitled, "Wondrak". He was a bureaucratic clerk, while the main ...more
Les nouvelles de Zweig se lisent vraiment très bien et son style est tout de même superbe. Une belle façon de finir l'année ... Allez, le prochain Zweig sera 24h dans la vie d'une femme...
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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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