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Le voyage dans le passé

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Louis, jeune homme pauvre, tombe amoureux de la femme de son riche bienfaiteur. Passion folle et réciproque. Mais il est envoyé au Mexique pour une mission de confiance. La Grande Guerre éclate, ils ne se reverront que neuf ans plus tard. L’amour résiste-t-il à tout ? À l’usure du temps, à la trahison, à la guerre ?
Paperback, 115 pages
Published August 2009 by France Loisirs (first published 1987)
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May 06, 2015 Jibran rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jibran by: Seemita
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People may grow old, but they remain the same.

Few writers are bestowed with the gift of insight that penetrates the shadowy black holes of human psychology with remarkable economy of words and incredible acuity of expression. With Zweig, it is as though words come flying from the four winds to arrange themselves seamlessly on the blank page as he sits back with a smile to guide them with the movement of his eyes into a series of exquisitely designed proportionate lines enhanced by a succession o
Dans le vieux parc solitaire et glacé
Deux spectres cherchent le passé.

I took this journey into the past through pages of scintillating scenes, symphonic sentences, and crystal-clear character-consciousness. From cover to cover I read, pausing only to eat and care for my sick Labrador. Into the past I went, with love and war and indiscretion and despondency and life and illness and all that happens in between. Whenever a book forces me to give it my complete attention, even at the risk of ignor
Andre Aciman wrote a great introduction to this book (with spoilers). In it he lauds Zweig’s fluidity in writing:

“He never quarrelled with his tools; his tools were happy to oblige. He didn’t spend nights searching for the mot juste; the mot juste just simply came…Zweig is firm and fluent. Everything in its time, everything just right, never a false move, not one sleight of hand.”

Having just spent hours editing a report I would very much like to have been gifted with even a fraction of Zweig’s

Two words. Short but Strong. Both are trend-setters, albeit of different kind. Both have their own, absolute meanings; their legion of fans swear by it. Those under their hypnotic spell can hardly belong elsewhere. Both can multiply themselves and fill the adjacent heart too, with their scents.

But are they related to each other? In any way? Are they friends? Or adversaries? Or are they family, since such striking resemblance is invariably rooted in familial ties? Is the birth of on
The past always comes between us, the time that has gone by.

Seize the moment or it’s lost. If you love somebody, you’ve got to tell them. Nothing lasts forever.

These are the key messages in Zweig’s compact and emotional novella. It seemed so simple at first – a brief tale of lovers pining for each other for 9 years, kept apart on separate continents by the outbreak of WWI; but it’s also about the love of and loss of country and innocence, and how “regular people’s” lives are changed irreparably
Like Chess Story, another flowing, perfectly phrased, psychologically and historically charged, emotionally moving novella by Zwieg, this time about life before, during, and after WWI as Nazi shadows gather. About thwarted desire, great physical distance followed by insurmountable temporal distance, lives interrupted by war, the pleasures of memory over the anxieties of the present, especially when the present involves goose-stepping rows of uniformed men parading through a quiet college town, H ...more
In the old park, in ice and snow caught fast
Two spectres walk, still searching for the past.

I planned a review with all the things I didn't like and quotes to back them up. However, after contemplating these pages for awhile, I realized I couldn't. It is not Zweig's fault. I can't blame it on his writing, his idea and execution. I liked his lyrical prose and the psychological depth he gave to his characters, always haunted by their past. Past? “Nothing is lost, nothing is past” (20), he sa
This book is a perfect example of why I love Goodreads so much. If not for the comments and reviews of GR friends, I would never have discovered this book or the author, Stefan Zweig. He died in 1942 and this book was unknown to English readers for decades after that. It is sparse in it's telling but so beautifully written. It's the story of a love that goes to the depth of the soul, so deep that it consumes the heart and mind. But the passion is of the heart and mind only, because it is unfulfi ...more
I love books that play with memory and time; Zweig is a master in this book at portraying how our memories can create a reality of their own about the past, present and future.

The time frame of Journey Into the Past is before, during and after WWI. This is Ludwig's story, that of a smart but impoverished young man, being spotted and groomed by a leading German industrialist (The Councillor) and blossoming into a successful early adulthood. It is also the story of his relationship with The Counc
Camille Stein
JACK SPENCER - World Watcher, 2009

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Volvía a sentirse pequeño, doblegado y vencido bajo el peso de aquel mundo presuntuoso y opulento fundado sobre el dinero; era un sirviente, un mozo, un parásito lameplatos, mobiliario humano que se puede comprar y alquilar, al que le han hurtado su propio ser.

«El tiempo no ha podido con nosotros —pensó para sus adentros— no ha podido nada contra nuestro sentimiento: nueve años desde entonces y ni siquiera el tono de su voz ha
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
A journey back to reclaim something which he always wanted,something that had been left unfinished in the past. This is the story of a man who makes that journey. With the beautiful interplay of shadows,the continuos hugging and separating,he understands that what he wants to reclaim with his old love is something that they have left long back,one can't simply blind oneself to the present and pretend to be like nothing has happened. He listens to the poem sung by his love long back and is stunne ...more
the gift
i just had to raise the rating, because i find myself still thinking about it at odd times, far too often. maybe not a book for the young, it seems to work on natural human nostalgia of the mature to their past. i can still see the horror of the nazi marchers… so sad. if this reflects his mindset, this makes his suicide more understandable.
JOURNEY INTO THE PAST. (1957). Stefan Zweig. ****.
This is a novella written by Zweig, probably sometime in the late 1920s. It is the bittersweet tale of life and remembrance as told by a young man as he is travelling with a woman with whom he was in love many years ago – and still believed that he was. As a young man just starting out in business, he is taken under the wing of a senior businessman and trained to be the second-in-command. While learning the necessary skills, he lived in the home
Un joven químico de orígenes humildes acaba de secretario del director de su empresa, alojándose en una gran mansión. Pero lo más atrayente de este cambio no es la opulencia, sino la inalcanzable mujer de él. El amor brota sin precedentes en la vida del joven. ¿Qué ocurrirá cuando la vida, tras la Gran Guerra, les vuelva a reunir?

Zweig elige este binomio de hombre joven y mujer casada para sacar a flote que las pasiones no atienden a la edad, y ciertamente resulta un ejemplo de lo más cómodo. El
Sam Quixote
Ludwig begins a passionate affair with the wife of his employer but is relocated shortly after by the company to work in Mexico for two years. World War One begins and those two years stretch to much longer until Ludwig forgets her and moves on, meets someone new and starts a family of his own.

After the war and some more time passes, the company sends him back to Europe on business where he decides to meet his long-lost love and catch up - and that’s when he realises he’s still in love with her
I read this book because its author, Stefan Zweig, was referenced in 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes. I wanted to know why the reference was made. The Sense of an Ending is concerned with the inexact nature of memory. What i found in this particular novella was a dreamy and sad reflection upon the swift movement of time and lives and the deep unspoken nature of a doomed love. Written about European characters of the early 20th century it holds that melancholic tone that encompasses the ...more
Journey Into the Past is a well written novella about love tested by years of physical separation. It reminds me of Henry James in the depiction of inner passions and conflicts, but with a more fast paced and electric prose. Not to say that James is less intense, but his is a kind of cold intensity that withers a flower in a single glance. Stefan Zweig's intensity is a fever-pitch evocation of desire and disappointment.

Ludwig, a man of humble beginnings, fell in love with his employer's wife, an
M. Sarki
I was expecting a bit of a wilder experience with this title based on my first exposure to Zweig with his novella Confusion. It was still a good reading experience, but one I am sure will rank much lower than than most as I continue on with my new study of Stefan Zweig. The other problem I had with this book was its being written much earlier on in Zweig's writing career and a segment had already been published in an earlier form, but Zweig was never satisfied with it. He continued to work on th ...more
I really love Stefan Zweig's writing. It's simple yet eloquent and manages to convey intense meaning. I've been so impressed by his work, having so far read The Post Office Girl and Beware of Pity, both being exceptional reads. It's taken me a while to pick up another book, in this case one of his later novellas, Journey Into the Past, but it's equally as remarkable and reminds me there are some authors who really should be shuffled to the top of the reading pile. Very briefly this is a story of ...more
Stefan Zweig is the master of the novella and the short story. This tale, which oscillates between the two forms, is, as always with this writer, fascinating in its mechanism (the simplicity of it is also what makes it so powerful), and in the bittersweet (but never sweetly sentimental) emotions it diffuses. The inevitability of the ending – not tragic, but infinitely sad nevertheless in what it says about human nature – is typical of Zweig, as is the way he narrates the story, mixing complex an ...more
Diana Garzón
Básicamente es una historia de amor, separación y reencuentro hiper resumida. Dos personas que se conocen, se aman sin poder manifestarlo, se separan a causa de la primera guerra mundial, hacen su vida y 9 años después se reencuentran.

Entonces viene la pregunta del reencuentro ¿sigue vivo el amor? ¿se puede rescatar algo de ese amor? ¿siguen vigentes las promesas de ese amor? en fin… El argumento es una reflexión sobre esos cambios en la vida y sobre el amor que no fue. El reencuentro no es tan
Un joyau ! Une de ces nouvelles ciselées par un orfèvre de la littérature.
Un art pratiqué par des écrivains comme Henri James...A des époques différentes par Eudora Welty ou Truman Capote. La littérature française connaît très peu l'art de la nouvelle porté à ce degré de perfection et, en fait, le pratique fort peu! Vive les traducteurs et les éditeurs qui, même avec retard ( cette nouvelle a été traduite en français il y a seulement à peine deux ans!), nous font découvrir cet univers.
Adrian Curcher
"But then gradually, the jolting and rattling turned to a rhythmic swaying, like a steel cradle rocking the couple into dreams. And while he rattling wheels invisible below them rolled onward, into a future that each of them imagined differently, the thoughts of both returned in reverie to the past."

Sitting down on a long train and reading that sentence I knew I had picked the right book to read on my trip up to London to visit some old friends. It was one of these perfect marriages of reality a
I think if you read a brief summary of this story, you might come to the conclusion that you’d forego wanting to read it, thinking it too simple, or too bland...labeling it as one of those sentimental stories you could easily watch on TCM. Yet in Zweig’s capable hands, this journey into the past seems a personal one and because of this, this simple story, plainly told transforms into something that is truly special. The story is beautifully rendered, telling a tale that is true to life. Love is ...more
Beautifully written, but there was nothing more than this for me.
Didn't feel connected to any of the characters and this love story was just too melancholic and obsessive. I wasn't enjoying my time while reading this novella till the point that I forgot I was reading it at all.
I guess, like with quite a few books that I've read this year, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

P.S. Trying to separate the art from the artist in this case, because I've read Zweig's bio in the end of my ebook, and I feel fo
Fine and deeply sad. You've probably read many books with the same premise: a shy, poor young man becomes the protege of a wealthy businessman and falls hopelessly in love with his thoughtful, lonely wife. Yet "Journey Into the Past" is totally fresh thanks to Zweig's elliptical storytelling and direct emotions, exquisitely handled by the translator.
Yet another excellent Stefan Zweig translation from New York Review Books and prize winning translator Anthea Bell. In this novella, lovers separated by World War I are reunited years later, and struggle to recover their old feelings. Simple premise, but Zweig brilliantly plays out the psychology of loss, recovery, and transformation. For Zweig, what was old definitely does not become new again, but rather is changed. I find it interesting that a story written in 1924 could have such curious rel ...more
For all the yearning and beautiful prose, the two characters were little more than stick figures. His name was Ludwig, she was his boss' wife, but what was her name? What was Ludwig's wife's name and that of his children? Hardly a hint about his family life or what was missing in his marriage.
We might think we're the same person we were in our past, but our present changes who we are; we try to capture those feelings from the past, but they are gone and the course of our future can be violently derailed by forces out of our control...this brief novella explores this theme of how time - and history - shape our lives and take us in a direction we never intended. Specifically, how war can prevent a person from fulfilling their destiny. No matter how hard they try, the characters in the ...more
Sana Ghamri
Est-ce que l'amour résiste à tout? Tel est la question centrale du livre
apré 9 ans de séparation ils sont la dans le présent mais ils vivent toujours dans le passé,Les souvenirs sont tout ce qui est resté ...Sans oublier le style émouvant et troublant de Stefen deep.
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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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