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Amok è una parola malese. Indica «una follia rabbiosa, una specie di idrofobia umana... un accesso di monomania omicida, insensata, non paragonabile a nessun’altra intossicazione alcolica». Lo sa bene la voce narrante di questa tesa novella – un medico dai tanti conti in sospeso: con la giustizia, con la professione, con la propria vita ormai annientata. E su una grande e ...more
Paperback, Piccola Biblioteca Adelphi #509, 105 pages
Published 2004 by Adelphi (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
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Kalliope
Jul 16, 2014 Kalliope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition




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  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Cemre
Kitabı bitirmem biraz uzun sürdü; ancak bu kesinlikle kitaptan kaynaklanmıyor, benden kaynaklanıyor. Ben Can Yayınları'ndan okudum Amok Koşucusunu ve kitap Stefan Zweig'ın yedi öyküsünden oluşuyor. Öykülerin hepsi birbirinden etkileyici, birbirinden başarılı. Bir öykü kitabındaki her öyküyü böyle sevdiğim gerçekten az olmuştur.

Kitapta yer alan öyküler şunlar:

- Bir Çöküşün Öyküsü
- Madalya
- Bezginlik
- Amok Koşucusu
- Ay Işığı Sokağı
- Leporella
- Leman Gölü Kıyısındaki Olay

Genel olarak farklı konula
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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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Sandra
Dec 27, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
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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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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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."
Alex
Jun 27, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Özlem
Dec 04, 2013 Özlem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Abubakar
Dec 13, 2014 Abubakar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alan Chen
Nov 28, 2014 Alan Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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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Roberto
Apr 16, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it
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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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
Kristin
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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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صفية
Subtil !
( suivie de la lettre d'une inconnue, et la rue de la claire lune )
Altuğ
Sep 08, 2014 Altuğ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sayfaları çevirmeye devam ederken bir aşamadan sonra insanın sinir krizi geçiresi geliyor. Tam bir Zweig kitabı. Temel izlek intihar! Okuyacağınız yedi hikayede de durum böyle. Bu sıkıcı görülüyor olabilir fakat anlatan Zweig olunca gerisinin önemi kalmıyor.

Çevirinin kalitesinde ise bir sorun yok.

Not: Çok karamsar ve sıkıntılı olduğunuz dönemde okumamak faydalı olabilir. :)
Arqam
Aug 25, 2015 Arqam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Outstanding! I am so much touched after reading this story and simply this is the best piece of literature i have ever read.
The way Zweig has put his experience on paper is so transcendental and surpassing that i believe i may not come across such epic piece of literature again, I have just finished reading this and i am so much moved.
The story itself if put it this way has been "AMOK" in a way, so fast and a lot of emotion has been there, that i am lost with words to describe how much i
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M. Sarki
Sep 23, 2013 M. Sarki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fran
Jan 03, 2016 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Racconto di un'angosciosa confessione, che il medico protagonista fa ad uno sconosciuto a bordo di una nave protetto dall'oscurità della notte.
Zweig descrive magistralmente l'irrazionalità ed il tormentarsi della mente umana sopraffatta da un'ossessione.
Arax Miltiadous
Nov 12, 2012 Arax Miltiadous rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arax by: eve dhmou
άνευ κριτικής.
Carlos Ortiz
Jan 06, 2015 Carlos Ortiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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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