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Veinticuatro horas en la vida de una mujer

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  15,447 ratings  ·  1,557 reviews
«—¿Usted no encuentra, pues, odioso, despreciable, que una mujer abandone a su marido y a sus hijas para seguir a un hombre cualquiera, del que nada sabe, ni siquiera si es digno de su amor? ¿Puede usted realmente excusar una conducta tan atolondrada y liviana en una mujer que, además, no es ya una jovencita y que siquiera por amor a sus hijas hubiese debido preocuparse de ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 28th 2001 by Acantilado (first published 1925)
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Ilse(on semi-hiatus)
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone looking for a more profound insight in the feminine heart and mind
Recommended to Ilse(on semi-hiatus) by: Jean-Paul, Ina
The heart has its reasons which reason knows not
- Blaise Pascal -
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Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point. Petty prejudices, fear of the unknown and the painfulness of having to face one’s own shortcomings can swirl one into obnoxious judgmentalness. We, humble and ignorant wizard-apprentices in a life we cannot re-create, might never acquire adequate depth of insight and wisdom to understand another one’s – or even our own - heart, one’s innermost feelings and inner storms. Austri
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Adam Dalva
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful, quick novella that doesn't reach the heights of Zweig's masterful CHESS STORY but reminded me quite a bit of DEATH IN VENICE. The set-up in the first 15 pages is really fun (I love the way this generation of writers needs a first-person justification for a third person narrative, it's realism mingling with the-author-is-present) and the inner-frame that the title references has some excellent moments. There's a particularly good hand description that worth watching out for.

And I love
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Gaurav
It's my first encounter with Steven Zweig and after reading a few pages a query I posed to myself in contemplation that why I waited so long to read this author, such was the impact of Zweig. The author had precision of a sculptor to craft sentences with just enough verbosity but with deep observations to put forth the deep secrets, of human beings, which are buried well below the layers of bygone times.

I guess there are other people like me who easily gets bored from things if they stick for
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Kalliope




Zweig again displays his magic in his ability to grasp, resolutely and devoutly, the reader’s attention -- quickly. And again he chooses public spaces where, paradoxically, the most private corners of a person’s soul can be encountered: hotels, trains, ships, and casinos. Places of transit with an element of chance.

Peripatetic that he was, these places offered him endless portrait galleries from where he could pick his types. And incisive examiner that he was, his surgical observations exposed t
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Sue
I wanted to read something completely different after finishing A Lesson Before Dying and decided choose this ebook release from NetGalley. I have read several of Zweig's works previously. Perhaps the juxtaposition with Gaines' more realistic prose accentuated what seemed overly mannered in this novella. Maybe it would have felt that way even without the comparison. I will never know of course, but my reaction to this story was definitely muted. I had difficulty engaging with the characters or s ...more
David Gustafson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beware, Stefan Zweig is a beguiling seducer who is always one move ahead of you, the reader, the vulnerable object of his desires.

Zweig sets his short novella, "Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman" in a Monte Carlo hotel and it only takes him six paragraphs to set the stage with an overture to the main plot, a young wife inexplicably leaves her husband and children for a twenty-year-old she has known for a day or so. The husband is mortally crushed and humiliated. This is but the prelude.

Th
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Michael
This republication of a 1927 novella provided me a first opportunity to experience the fictional work of this beloved Austrian man of letters. This pacificist and humanist escaped from the early rise of Fascism for a life of exile in England, New York, and finally Brazil, where he and his wife committed suicide in 1942. That fate shouldn’t affect how you react to his work, but for me it did. I sought something that reflected the struggle to find meaning of human existence in the face of modern e ...more
Luís
How in so few pages, in so few words, can we convey so many emotions to the reader? Mr Zweig, are you a magician? A wizard of words?
I burned with curiosity when I read this novel. I wanted to know the secret that was gnawing at this old lady. The passion of one day and the disillusionment of so many years. What pain! But what a sublime pain. It's somewhat ambiguous as a phenomenon. But, it must admit that Stefan Zweig is an outstanding storyteller and that he leads you quietly where he decided:
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Sketchbook
Too moralistic and porcelain for me: it needs Maugham's ironic detachment. Written in the mid 1920s: a rich widow, age 42, sees a handsome young gambler lose all his money at Monte. She goes to bed with him and gives him a wad to be a Good Boy--she's now aquiver!--and spends the next 24 years a wreck, mulling it all over. The lad betrays her, of course, as charmers must. The death of his love reflects her loneliness and missing the fuck. Zweig's schmaltzy point: life depends on the impulse contr ...more
David
This short but enthralling read captured me from beginning to end. Although the title beguiled me, the story is simple: a group of guests in a hotel hear that a woman has left her husband. He is inconsolable and of course condemnations are instigated. But one woman, says hold on, maybe there is more than meets the eye. She is easily dismissed but the author hunkers down to hear her story.

And it's a great tale. Yes, one can say there is a morality story at play but as things unravels, always do n
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Ellie
I'll admit up front that I love Stefan Zweig. Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman is an excellent example of his work and a good place to start if you are not familiar with the work of this important 20th century author.

The novella is told from the perspective of a visitor at a resort who watches and tells us about the relationship between a man and a woman also at the resort. The writing is perceptive with unexpected twists and a view into relationships that is interesting. Altogether, a w
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Blair
A really delightful, beautifully written, evocative novella with a number of truly unexpected twists. In a formula apparently typical of Zweig, the narrator introduces himself and the circumstances of his tale - he is staying in a hotel where the guests are gossiping about a married female guest who has seemingly run away with a younger man - before the real story, told by another character to the narrator, unfolds. In this case, the subject of the main narrative is an older woman who relates an ...more
Hande
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Pain is a coward. He flees when faced by the irresistible power of the will-to-live, which is more strongly rooted in the flesh than the intensest passion is rooted in the spirit.”
Ram Alsrougi
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fond of Zweig's great ability with describing the interior of human nature's soul.. He is officially one of my top favorite authors!. ❤️🙌
Anna
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, austrian-lit
I read most of ‘Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman’ in the bath and it was an excellent accompaniment to soaking. As with previous novellas and short stories of Zweig’s that I’ve read, the narrator is relating an anecdote of some emotional intensity in which he himself plays only a small part. Here, the narrator is staying in a hotel when a woman confides in him a shameful secret from her past. The woman’s rather anguished voice is vivid and moving, giving this novella more impact than Che ...more
Troy
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I love Zweig. This novella is similar to his novella Chess in that they are both taut psychological suspense stories. In both books the protagonist meets some one with a shattered past and the rest of the story is about what happened to them. It's kind of like Hitchcock meets Henry James.

I can't tell you too much about the book because it's an easy book to spoil. It starts right after a verbal fight at a resort and spirals away from there. It's about chance and free will and the ramifications of
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Zain
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I wanted to go back over what I had so fleetingly experienced step by step, relishing in retrospect by virtue of that magical self-deception we call memory."

A short, interesting read that lets you experience a wide variety of emotions throughout. Made me intrigued to try other books by Stefan Zweig!
Umut Rados
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2020
This was my first Stefan Zweig and I really enjoyed it. It's a simple novella where an old woman tells about a day of her life to a complete stranger just to get it off her chest after all those years. It's a queer day she had and I found it really enjoyable to read about.
The way it was written was very intriguing, inviting the reader to turn the pages and learned about that day. It was packed with insight, emotion and very nice descriptions. I thought the translation by Anthea Bell was superb
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Gabriela
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
A lovely novel about how chance and free will can change one's life, one's thoughts. The story itself also relates to the importance of having a purpose in life, be it real or not, or even spontaneously obsessive until proven "fake". A very touching piece.
Kirsty
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime. Full review to follow.
Realini
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig
Mesmerizing book

This is an exceptional work.
One could say a chef d’oeuvre…
However, writing a note about it presents a challenge…
- How to write about the most impressive aspects without resorting to the plot?
- One way out is of course to include a spoiler alert, and that may have to be inserted
There is a strange thread in some of the last books that I have read.
- Suicide is at the center of the plot, or a very important issue-it makes sense
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Michael Finocchiaro
Classic feminist text by Swiss genius Zweig. I preferred his biographies of Mary Stuart and Mary Antoinette, but this one was gripping and fascinating.
Öykü Coşkun
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa
I received an ARC of this title from Pushkin via Netgalley.

Stefan Zweig is a master at writing short stories that are full of descriptive details, interesting characters and surprise plot twists. It is truly amazing that he manages to do this all within the span of 100 pages. The setting of this short piece is a hotel on the French Riviera where a group of upper class citizens from various countries are vacationing. A shocking social incident has occurred within their social circle and this scan
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Robin
Originally written in 1927 and translated from original German, this novella is my first reading of Austrian born Zweig. I was delighted to be drawn into the story immediately, and intrigued all along the way. The writing is charming and captivating. It's a story about passion, impulsivity, loneliness, convention and guilt. An elderly woman tells the narrator the story of a 24 hour span in her life that took place many years prior, which has haunted and shaped the rest of her life. While the soc ...more
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
For two people a single act of transgression promises instant renewal, but we are inescapably trapped by our own natures and just as quickly obsession turns to betrayal and humiliation. Another dose of psychological acuity from the always consistent Zweig.
Nadia King
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What wonderful writing. Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman was full of piercing insights into human nature and combined with delicate, masterful prose made this novella a delight to read.
Lulu's Life
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a perfect reading time as usual...
Batool
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
People with hand fetish would love this book.
Isabel
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful little treasure!!!
A very good friend of mine, and an avid reader, posted on facebook how much she was enjoying it. I have to be honest, not only her comment, but the title as well caught my attention. I wanted to find out which 24 hours did the author chose to write about.
It turns out he chose 24 very scandalous hours. A woman leaving everything behind her for a man. The romantic in me wanted to find out more, and the perve too, I have to admit it. Neither one had any clue of wh
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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 an Unknown Woman, and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

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