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A DOCTOR IN the Dutch East Indies torn between his medical duty to help and his own mixed emotions; a middle-aged maidservant whose devotion to her master leads her to commit a terrible act; a hotel waiter whose love for an unapproachable aristocratic beauty culminates in an almost lyrical death and a prisoner-of-war longing to be home again in Russia. In these four storie...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Pushkin Press (first published 1922)
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karen
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...more
Laura
According to Wikipedia Amok "also spelled amuk, from the Malay meaning "mad with uncontrollable rage") is a term that is used for a sudden outburst, usually aggressive or violent, and is preceded by a dissociative episode of brooding over some perceived wrong towards a person or object."

The plot revolves describes the instantaneous and violent passion of a German doctor working in a Dutch colony in Asia, by a beautiful English woman who asks for his help in a very special moment.

The sudden feel...more
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...more
Piperitapitta
Passione Zweig.


Amok è un'ossessione, Zweig invece è diventato una passione!
La capacità di quest'autore di coinvolgere sin dall'incipit dei suoi racconti è incredibile: dopo poche righe diventa impossibile staccarsi dalle sue storie e ci si ritrova catapultati in epoche e situazioni che travolgono tutti i sensi, in mondi lontani dove il tempo e lo spazio sono diluiti e concentrati allo stesso tempo.
L'io narrante, tanto caro a Zweig, permette al lettore di accomodarsi accanto al vero protagonista...more
Sandra
Stefan Zweig, in questo breve racconto, cesella per il lettore una storia con un’atmosfera decadente, in cui passione, mistero, follia e morte si mescolano per dar vita a un piccolo (per l‘esiguo numero delle pagine soltanto) capolavoro.
“Amok” è un termine di origine malese usato per indicare comportamenti dettati da un raptus irrefrenabile. Quella “follia rabbiosa” che –dice Zweig- accomuna l’uomo ad un cane idrofobo, facendo precipitare in un oscuro mondo irrazionale un medico, che per tutta l...more
Alex
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
Becky
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
Roberto
Il protagonista del romanzo è un medico tedesco che, dopo aver fallito la sua carriera in Germania, si trasferisce in India, e vive per anni in solitudine lavorando nelle colonie tra alcol, vecchi ricordi e nostalgia per l’amata Europa, ormai solo passato.

“Laggiù, in quell’invisibile serra, ti vengono meno le forze: la febbre…ti corrode il midollo, diventi fiacco e pigro, molle, una medusa”

Il breve romanzo è il suo lungo e delirante racconto, fatto ad uno sconosciuto a bordo di una nave che li r...more
M. Sarki
Another brilliant piece of work by Stefan Zweig. I read this particular novella in a collected version of several of Zweig's short works titled The Royal Game & Other Stories
Özlem
Aslında içimi karartan ilk öyküden sonra kitaba devam etme isteğim pek kalmamıştı. Zweig'ın karamsar, depresif düntasının içine girmeyi pek istemesem de yarattığı karakterlerdeki sahicilik sizi içine çekiyor, onlardan ayrılmak istemiyorsunuz. Trajedinin içinde biraz mizah olmazsa çekilmez diye düşünenlerdenim. Zweig'a da hayatı biraz hafife almasını öğütlemek isterdim :)
Ama ikinci dünya savaşını görmüş ve savaştan çok uzakta, güneşli bir ülkede gayet rahat bir yaşam sürmesine rağmen yarattığı so...more
Lisa
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
Wolfpabiru
Lo si divora. L'ho trovato molto simile, come impianto a: Le braci di Sandor Marai. Anche lì un monologo travolgente. Scrittore da approfondire e che entra di diritto tra i miei preferiti.
Oscar
Este es un libro sobre la desesperación, sobre cómo el ser humano, cuando se ve atrapado por sus pasiones, sus obsesiones, opta por la elección más drástica, la única que cree posible. Stefan Zweig sabe mejor que nadie de estos sentimientos. Zweig acabó suicidándose en Brasil, en 1942, horrorizado por la barbarie que se estaba viviendo en Europa. Le gustaba citar a Montaigne: "Cuanto más voluntaria es más bella la muerte.

Planificó su suicidio perfectamente. Se preparó los medicamentos que iba a...more
Darryl
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...more
Alice
• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Amok?


"Amok" est la troisième nouvelle qui compose le recueil de Stephan Zweig par Chrisitan Lacroix et le Livre de Poche, avec "Lettre d'une Inconnue" et "Une Ruelle au Clair de Lune."

• Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Sur un bateau en route pour l'Europe, un homme desespéré raconte son histoire folle à un inconnu à la faveur de la nuit..."

• Mais que s'est-il exactement passé entre vous?


"J'ai lu cette nouvelle à la suit...more
Marina_f
Господи,ну какой же бред пишет этот автор
Ладно, это грубо. Постараюсь быть обьективной, хотя автор этим тоже не особо увлекается, скажем даже, совсем не страдает по этому поводу. За него страдают мужчины-герои, они всегда такие трагичные, таки все в себе, тонкие страждущие натуры, прям обнять и плакать. А женщины у Цвейга всегда холодные надменные красотки, которые прям бровью повела и все ляяяяягли. Штабелями(с). Опять пространственный диалог главного героя, в пылу помешательства. Опять где-то...more
Cayenne Ellis
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Mike
Jan 15, 2009 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Cloudbuster
Amok è una parola malese che indica una sindrome tipica di quelle terre che si manifesta con un'improvvisa esplosione di violenza che può cogliere anche il più pacifico degli uomini e che può portare fino ad azioni drammatiche come l'omicidio. Ed è di follia che si parla in questo libro. La follia amorosa che coglie un tranquillo e pacifico medico di stanza in un remoto villaggio di una colonia olandese dell'estremo oriente verso una misteriosa donna che si presenta nel suo studio come paziente....more
Alisea
Splendido!
Sono poche pagine - un centinaio circa - ma estremamente intense che si leggono tutte d'un fiato.
Si è catturati sin dalla prime righe dalle descrizioni: poche parole, precise, essenziali, ma estremamente efficaci nel dare al lettore l'esatta percezione dell'atmosfera, dell'intensità della notte tropicale, degli stati d'animo del protagonista e del narratore.
Credo che calzi a pennello paragonare questo racconto ad un cortometraggio, che ti lascia ad occhi spalancati davanti ad una pa...more
Lizzie
Yet another very intense novel by Zweig. I found this novel very powerful and emotional, but I think Zweig has much more stronger novels like "24 Hours in the Life of a Woman". Never the less Zweig always does a good job describing the female characters in his novels. Amok is a must read if you started discovering Zweig.

When you read this book in the modern time you will think why is the main cause of all trouble in this story such a biggie? And then you realize that the period in which it was...more
Nilgun
Çok üzüldüğüm öyküler oldu içinde doğrusu ama benim favorim değil. Diosiyatif bozukluk doktor yardımı gerektirir. Tüm karakterler intiharı düşünmeleri zaten rahatsız bir geçmişten gelindiği belli. Etraflarında bunu onarmayı görecek insanların olmaması onlar açısından çok kötü. Allah kimseyi yalnız bırakmasın...
Filipa
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...more
Roberta
Un altro titolo letto basandomi sulla trasmissione di Rai 3 "per un pugno di libri, e ancora una volta i consigli del professor Dorfles sono ottimi.
L'amok che spinge il nostro dottore alla rovina è una passione travolgente, che pure lo lascia lucido abbastanza per capire quando si sta comportando come un pazzo. Non è un grand'uomo, il nostro dottore: per sua stessa ammissione è succube delle donne fiere e altere. E chi gli va a capitare nel suo sperduto ambulatorio nelle colonie, se un ben paio...more
Ema
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...more
Amy
Oct 26, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Rough Guide to Cult Fiction
"Every one knows that nothing but death will stop the madman; they scurry out of his way, shouting 'Amok, Amok' to warn others. Thus he runs, killing, killing, killing, until he is shot down like the mad dog that he is."

This quotation comes from the middle of the book and from what I remember, is the only mention of the title. The story is very short (about 120 pages) and is about a doctor stationed in the middle of nowhere in the Dutch Indies and a woman who seeks him out for an illegal abortio...more
M
This is an excellent, well written tale. I did not want to put it down.
Lily
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...more
Kathryn
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.
Sophie
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.
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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
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