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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, Pushkin Collection, 144 pages
Published February 23rd 2007 by Pushkin Press (first published 1922)
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karen
Aug 27, 2016 karen rated it really liked it
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
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Kalliope




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
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Rowena
May 10, 2014 Rowena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
"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
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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
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FeReSHte
Jul 03, 2015 FeReSHte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
تسوایک نه تنها طولانی نمی نویسه بلکه از این کار بیزاره، خوب داستان سرایی می کنه، کتاب هاش موضوعات ماورایی ندارند ولی با جزئیات و زیبا پرداخته شدند. تعداد شخصیت های داستانیش زیاد نیستند . بیشتر از این که مخاطب با داستانی روبرو باشه با دقیق شدن روی روح و روان و درون شخصیت ها و واکنششون به هنگام مواجهه با یک اتفاق طرفه. الحق که تسوایک همدم و همنشین فروید در اطریش بوده

میشه تسوایگ رو خوند و به خاطر این پرداخت درونی به یاد داستایوسکی افتاد ولی با مقایسه ی حجم آثارشون و میزان علاقه شون به توصیف و اطناب
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The novel itself says the "Amok" is Malay in origin and indeed it is also considered a Tagalog word. Another Tagalog word for it is "hurumentado"--someone doing a suicidal run that involves indiscriminate attacks/killings and usually ends up in the hurumentado's own death. Zweig's Amok, a doctor of medicine, theorized that the cause of this "going on the rampage, a sort of human form of rabies...a paroxysm of murderous, mindless monomania which isn't comparable to any alcoholic poisoning" has so ...more
Semih Eker
Apr 02, 2016 Semih Eker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphane
Stefan Zweig'in eserlerini ne zaman okusam, intihar eden bir adamın ruh hali gözümün önüne geliyor.

Diğer eserlerinde olduğu gibi "Amok Koşucusu" da müthiş kişilik analizleri ve tasvirler barındıran bir eser. Eserde 7 adet öykü bulunuyor ve hepsi insanlığın karanlık taraflarına ışık tutuyor.

Açıkçası 7 öykünün hepsini zevkle okudum ama biraz içim kararmadı dersem yalan olur. Garip şekilde
Zweig'i okurken hissettiğim iç karartısı bile inanılmaz hoşuma gidiyor.
Come Musica
Aug 15, 2016 Come Musica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zweig è così: prende per mano il lettore e lo scaraventa in una storia che lo assorbe completamente.
In poche pagine, descrive abilmente i tratti psicologici dei protagonisti.
Sandra
Dec 27, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitteleuropa
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
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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
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Abubakar Mehdi
Dec 13, 2014 Abubakar Mehdi rated it it was amazing
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.
Perihan
Sep 16, 2016 Perihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stefan Zweig o kadar başarılı bir yazar ki kitaplarını okurken öykünün içine giriyorum , onunla birlikte heyecanla,koştur koştur, nefes nefese kitabı bitiriyorum. Bitirdikten sonra ise, kitaptan çıkmak ve gerçek dünyaya dönmek epey bir zamanımı alıyor... Hatırladığım kadarıyla bu kitaptaki hikayeler de öyle sürükleyici hikayelerdi. Çoğu intihar konulu olan bu sıradışı hikayelerin içinde en sevdiğim ise, kitaba adını veren Amok Koşucusu'ydu.

Peki neydi Amok? Onu da kitaptan alıntılıyorum: " Malezy
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M.
Apr 12, 2015 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
..."kitapların kendi soluğumuzun ötesinde, insanları kendimize bağlamak ve tüm yaşamların en acımasız düşmanı olan fanilik ve unutulmuşluk karşısında kendimizi müdafaa etmek için yaratıldığını bilen ben, unutmuştum onu."
Ahmet Kara
Jan 17, 2016 Ahmet Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Can Yayınları baskısından okuduğum bu) Kitapta yer alan yedi öykünün tümünde o klasik Stefan Zweig tadını hissettiğimi söyleyebilirim -- harika betimlemeler ve psikolojik tahliller anlatıma yine her anında eşlik ediyor.

Gerçi öykülerdeki kahramanların hemen hepsi yalnız, takıntılı, depresyonda karakterler, dolayısıyla okuyucu da öyküleri olumsuz duygular eşliğinde takip ediyor. Ama ne yapalım, belki de Zweig'ı sevmenin bir bedelidir bu, yani okurken ekseriyetle negatif duygu selleri yaşamak.

Ki
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Fil
Magnifico racconto!
Zweig scrive TROPPO bene.
Era molto probabilmente OSSESSIONATO dallo scrivere (le ossessioni sono la tematica comune della sua letteratura) : chissà quante ore ed ore rifletteva su ogni singola frase. Mai un piccolo calo: uno stile unico ed intensissimo.

Personalmente tra i suoi libri "romantici" ho preferito "Ventiquattr'ore nella vita d'una donna" e "Lettera sconosciuta" ma la scelta e' difficilissima.
Sono TRE CAPOLAVORI.

"romantici" e' un termine sbagliato: la tematica chiav
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Lu
Adoro la prosa di Zweig.
L'autore austriaco gioca con le parole dando vita a storie intense nelle quali si muovono personaggi vivi, pulsanti, così perfetti nella loro umana imperfezione da divenire quasi tangibili.
Sublime la sua capacità di racchiudere in un piccolo romanzo un mondo così ricco e appassionato, che si fissa indelebile nella mente del lettore restandovi come uno squisito ricordo vissuto in prima persona proprio grazie alla magia che Zweig è capace di creare narrando.
Alex
Jun 27, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing
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
Monica Carter
Jun 01, 2009 Monica Carter rated it really liked it
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
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Burak Karakuş
Oct 13, 2016 Burak Karakuş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amok Koşucusu enfes bir novella. İngiliz sömürgesi Hindistanı fonunda, bir yandan sahip-köle ilişkisinin sahip tarafını anlatırken, diğer yandan sahipler arası ilişkilerin gerginliğini çok güçlü bir şekilde hissettiriyor Zweig.
Erasmia Kritikou
Αλληγορικό, πολυεπίπεδο, συναρπαστικό - αριστουργηματική γραφή με συμβολικές προεκτάσεις σε ποικίλες κατευθύνσεις που απλά υπαινίσσονται όσο πιο έμμεσα και λιτά θα μπορούσαν χωρις να γίνεται ουτε για μια αράδα κουραστικό, φλύαρο ή βαρυσήμαντο. Αριστουργηματική πένα που αλλάζει ρυθμό ανάλογα με την έκβαση της πλοκής,λίγο ειρωνικό, πολύ παθιασμένο και αρκετά θυμωμένο επίσης (με τον εαυτό του, με την κοινωνία, με τον καθωσπρεπισμό και με όλα) το Αμόκ δίνεται σχεδόν βιωματικά στον αναγνώστη (σε στιγ ...more
Ricardo Sanchez
Feb 14, 2016 Ricardo Sanchez rated it it was amazing
El síndrome de Amok, ahora conozco el término gracias a Zweig.
No dejo de sorprenderme en como detalla sus personajes Zweig, no dejo de cautivaron la imagen altiva de la protagonista, que solamente pudo haber encarnado María Félix en la pantalla.
La ira y la autodestrucción que es producto del desprecio de la amada: Amok.
Las letras austríacas tienen en Zweig su máximo esplendor. Zweig va siendo, cada vez más, uno de mis favoritos. La arquitectura psicológica de sus personajes no tiene igual.
Alan Chen
Nov 28, 2014 Alan Chen rated it it was amazing
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.
Graeme
May 12, 2015 Graeme rated it it was amazing
My babushka told me to read Zweig and I finally took her great advice. Now I want to read everything he ever wrote. I love that driving feeling coming from reading a fantastic writer for the first time and obsessing over them.
Kristin
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Isllworld
Sep 24, 2016 Isllworld rated it it was amazing
Neden bu kadar uzun sürdü okumam anlayamadım.
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
Apr 16, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Selin
Apr 01, 2015 Selin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bir öykü kitabı olduğu için derlemeden derlemeye değişiyor yorumlar ancak ben Yordam Kitap'ın bastığı Amok'u çok beğendim. Tanışma kitabım olmasına rağmen şimdiden zweig'ın yeri benim için ayrı oldu.
Karakterlerin psikolojik durumu ve betimlemeler yoğun olmasına rağmen o kadar gerçek ve orjinaldi ki hayran kaldım. Genelde betimlemelerde aşırıya kaçınılır onu da koyalım hadi bunu da söyleyelim denile denile bayağı bir eser konulur önümüze ancak bu kitapta ustalıkla dengelenmişti. Editör şöyle de y
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Nesli
Mar 27, 2015 Nesli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kuşkusuz öykü kitaplarıyla ilgili bir lanetim var benim. Kitaplardaki ilk öykü beni hiç yakalayamıyor, giremiyorum içerisine. Bu kitapta da öyle oldu. Zweig'ın gösterişli bir hayatın çöküşünden bahsettiği ilk öykü beni ittikçe itti, ben de kitabı öteledim tabii. Ama sonra?

Önce bir askerin tek başına kalışı, umutsuzluğu ve hayatın acımasızlığıyla yüzleşmesini okudum. Ardından kitaba adını veren Amok Koşucusu'nu. Sonra da Leoporella. Bu üç öykü yazara olan hayranlığımı arttırmaya yetti bile.
Amok
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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
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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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