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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  7,351 ratings  ·  830 reviews
Kısa bir tatil için Avusturya Alplerine giden bir baron, zamanını zararsız bir flörtle renklendirmenin yollarını aramaktadır. Kendine fazlasıyla güvenen ve gönül maceralarına her zaman açık olan bu müzmin kadın avcısı, kısa sürede kendisine bir av bulmakta hiç zorlanmayacaktır. Tanışıp yakınlaşmak istediği kadının on iki yaşındaki oğluyla ahbaplık kurarak işe koyulur. Yakı ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 2015 by Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları (first published 1913)
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Jim Fonseca
An attractive, young married woman takes her 12-year old boy to a summer resort in Austria to improve his health. A cosmopolitan “baron” hits on her. She’s probably never really loved her husband so she is tempted. But that romance is not the approach that the author takes to the story.

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Instead he focuses on the impact of the affair on the young boy. The baron carefully plots his approach to the woman through the boy. The boy is shy, more or less friendless, and “sickly and excitable.” The boy i
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Kalliope

This is the story of Gustav von Aschenbach. No, wait a minute. I’m confused. It is Hans Castorp whom we follow. OMG, what a mess I’m making. We don’t really know the name of the protagonist. We only know that he is a Baron, and The Baron he remains for the rest of the book, although we later learn, in passing, the name of his father, Count Grundheim. But the Baron is the Baron, a type. He is a member of the second or third level of the complex aristocratic structure as it existed in the Austro-H
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Laysee
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
The Burning Secret is a slim but powerful novella by Austrian novelist, Stefan Zweig. It kept me enthralled from start to finish by its comic and perspicacious revelation of what underlies human behavior, both its noble and ignoble impulses.

In an Austrian health resort nestled in the mountains, Edgar, a 12-year-old child, is convalescing from a serious illness. His middle-aged mother who accompanied him seems emotionally distant and impatient with him. A baron who is on vacation in the same reso
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Rowena
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
“The huntsman in him was aroused. He was intoxicated, excited to have found his right trail so quickly, to feel that the game was close to his gun. His eyes gleamed, the blood flowed easily through his veins, the words sprang from his lips with an effervescence that he himself could not explain." - Stefan Zweig, Burning Secret

We are introduced to a young baron who is on holiday and whose desire to seduce a married woman causes him to befriend her 12 year old son. Here I thought the focus of the
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Praveen
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This burning secret burnt me at last. But then it also rubbed ice in the form of a lifelike innocence of a little child onto my burning wounds.

What a way of telling a tale!

I was reading this author for the first time and he impressed me right away. I'll very highly regard the way this story has taken me to the end. Though, there was the suspense that was created by the author in a very latent manner at the outset yet the vagueness of this suspense was undoubtedly obvious.

This is the story of a y
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Diane S ☔
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young boy, 12, arrives at an Austrian resort with his mother, and things quickly go awry. A Baron, is also there and has designs on his mother, she quickly shows she is not interested. So, the Baron befriends young Edgar, using him as a way to get to his mother. Edgar, may not know the burning secret, what happens between adults, but he soon recognizes he is being used.

This novella covers a certain slice of time, with limited characters and only one motive and does it brilliantly. Man, used to
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Chrissie
Here’s a story about a twelve-year-old boy. He’s in an Austrian resort with his mother. He is approaching puberty. He is at that stage in life when he is transitioning from child to adult. How we view our parents, emotional currents and the opening of one’s eyes to the richness of the adult world is accurately, lyrically, suspensefully, movingly, yes, magnificently drawn. On completing the novella, you are thoroughly impressed! Four stars? Five stars? Deciding depends on your mood and the flip o ...more
Ina Cawl
what an amazing novel by the greatest writer ever
this is a story of losing innocence, Children coming of age , learning to lie and also a little Freudian Oedipus Complex added
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
The Burning Secret is a coming of age story, specifically an awakening from childhood into the adult world of sexuality. It takes place in an Austrian sanitorium at the beginning of the 20th Century. This is yet another emotionally powerful novella by Stefan Zweig which shows his ability to look inside the human soul and to write truths about it. This novella was a compelling read which I couldn’t put down until I found out how it ended.

The story begins with a Baron arriving at a sanatorium for
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Kimber Silver
This coming-of-age tale opens as Edgar, and his mother, arrive in Summering.

"The train, with a shrill whistle, pulled into Summering. For a moment the black coaches stood still in the silvery light of the uplands to eject a few vivid human figures and to swallow up others."

The purpose of this trip is so young Edgar can recover from a recent illness, but rest is not to be. A baron stays at their hotel and steals into their lives like the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Edgar is an adorable child,
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Vit Babenco
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some are growing up slowly and become adult when their time comes, some just come of age without ever growing up and some only need a little push…
Edgar is a naive twelve-year old boy and the adult world is a mystery to him.
“A line was dug into his brow, the slight twelve-year-old looked almost old as he sat there brooding, without sparing a glance for the landscape unfolding its resonant colours all around: the mountains in the pure green of the coniferous forests, the valleys still young with t
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Sue
I really should have written this review closer to the time I read this novella, when my reasons for my arguments were fresher in my mind. All I know is that this is the least favorite of the Zweig "entrees" on my list this year. It failed to satisfy. I note the early publication date---that is undoubtedly a factor. Zweig was writing in an early, pre-World War One world, in a style that would be thrown over after the war.

This heavily mannered style is probably what bothered me the most and some
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Rebecca
A psychologically astute novella in which a 12-year-old tries to interpret what’s happening between his mother and a fellow hotel guest, a baron he looks up to. For this naïve boy, many things come as a shock, including the threat of sex and the possibility of deception. This reminded me most of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. I read a download from Project Gutenberg.
Hend
A lonely twelve-year-old boy Edgar, befriended a charming,lady-killer baron.it was some time before the naive Edgar realizes the true motives behind the Baron's kindness and interest, When his adored friend meanly give up on his friendship and turns his seductive attentions to his mother, the boy's jealousy and insecurity feelings of betrayal become uncontrollable, Once Edgar recognizes the truth,he is invaded by new and previously unknown emotions and new behaviors.....
It was painful for that b
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Miguel
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Zweig describes with great subtlety the development of the child's personality and his relationship with his mother and the baron. He attacks the social structure of the time by making the baron appear totally indifferent to the helpless family that the mother and the child represent in order to obtain the mother and betraying the childish friendship that the child professes to him. On the other hand, it gives the mother a touch of immorality, since she gives in to the baron's desires and leaves ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
A powerful study in human nature. I can only be happy for the praiseworthy resurgence and admiration that many of Zweig's works are seeing lately. His close friendship with Freud has clearly affected his writings, where the main characters are often presented in "case histories", made more intriguing by the subtle observation of the inner workings of the protagonists. Here, the stages through which the young boy's relation with the Baron (and his own mother) passes through (admiration, enthusias ...more
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
I'm somewhat nonplussed at some of the loutish reviews over this story. At least one of them. Maybe the reader has never known loneliness. Maybe he's an insensitive clod. Maybe he yawns over the fact the author took his own life.

Whatever the reason he found all the characters contemptible. I found this story moving and at times heart-wrenching.

The story centers around a young boy. He's twelve but mature-wise he's much younger, more like a nine year old. Probably that was normal back in a time wh
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Laura
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Jema, Wanda
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Opening lines:
THE train, with a shrill whistle, pulled into Summering. For a moment the black coaches stood still in the silvery light of the uplands to eject a few vivid human figures and to swallow up others. Exacerbated voices called back and forth; then, with a puffing and a chugging and another shrill shriek, the dark train clattered into the opening of the tunnel, and once more the landscape stretched before the view unbroken in all its wide exp
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Tom
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
Wavers between histrionic and poignant, with poignancy winning out, thanks to some much needed dramatic tension at end. Chekhov or Babel might have made this material work in a short story, but novella is best suited to Zweig's vision; I did not wish it longer.

Very early Zweig, (1913) so it's probably not fair to compare it with later, powerful works like Chess Story, though the common them of manipulative power struggles, whether emotional or ideological, connects both works. Even with an oste
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David
Need a chaser after reading “The Magic Mountain?” This will do the trick.

Upon arrival, a young baron, feeling a little bored, spied an attractive woman at the sanatorium. She was there with her son, Edward, aged twelve who was needing treatment. Ah, the baron was on a hunt, to use Zweig’s words. First, befriend the boy, get the dirt on his mother (who was not getting along with the boy’s father), and work his charms. Perfect.

The woman takes the bite. Straight forward flattery leads to attempted
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Blair
A very sharp little story. It subverts what seems to be a typical tale of seduction - set in a hotel, it tells of a lecherous baron setting his sights on a married woman - by focusing on the seductee's son, a highly sensitive 12-year-old. The bounder's strategy of capturing the boy's affections first quickly backfires: he develops a deep admiration of the baron, and is outraged when he's abandoned in favour of his mother's company. Unable to understand what the baron wants with her, he determine ...more
Joe
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story follows a young Austrian baron, 'who drew admiring glances with his good clothes and the natural ease of his gait'; a mother, 'one of those rather voluptuous Jewish women just before the age of over-maturity, and obviously passionate, but with enough experience to conceal her temperament behind a facade of elegant melancholy'; and her son, Edgar, 'a shy, awkward, nervous boy of about twelve with fidgety movements and dark, darting eyes'.

Although one thinks this story will follow that
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Shawn
This was a fun little read. The story in a nutshell - a Lothario Baron, vacationing at an Austrian hotel, intends to make a middle-aged women his next conquest. His initial ruse involves befriending her son Edgar (recuperating at the mountain resort after an illness) so as to worm his way into her affections. He succeeds in this, but the novella is mainly interested in the psychological effect on little Edgar, used as a romantic prop and then discarded. He's right on the edge of adolescence and ...more
Anna
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, austrian-lit
This is the third of three beautiful little Pushkin Press editions of Stefan Zweig novellas that I found in the library. It is set in a hotel, a venue that Zweig seems especially fond of, probably because it allows for unexpected encounters. (Now I see how his writing inspired The Grand Budapest Hotel.) In contrast to the previous two novellas, Chess Story and 24 Hours In The Life Of A Woman, this one is not narrated in retrospect by a third party. For most of it, the narrator is a twelve year o ...more
Lede
The seed of manipulation has been planted in little Edgar and we can guess how this will shape him as an adult.
Tamar Nagel
This was a story that gripped me from the instant I started. Zweig is addicting to read, between his impeccable use of language and structure and the way he explores powerful themes. His stories are like musical compositions-- there is a steady, regular, careful progression of events while the emotions of the characters are volatile, rising and falling dramatically.

Burning Secret is a coming of age story, and Zweig perfectly captures the mingled confusion, anger, sadness, happiness, and wisdom
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M
I've never read Stefan Zweig before. I don't know anything about the guy. I started reading because the cover was attractive, the synopsis was vague but not off putting, but my main reason for picking it is because I'm over a dozen books behind on my yearly GR challenge and I needed something fast to get through.

I can safely say that I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of Zweig's works. I don't know how, but he knows things, about people and the things they do or don't do and the wh
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Joseph
Over the past months I've read a number of Zweig's short stories and novellas and I've been struck by a common pattern. Zweig's settings and characters are almost invariably old-world Mitteleuropean but, on the other hand, the author's quasi-Freudian approach to analysing the conflicting emotions of his protagonists is very modern for its time. Zweig was writing against the backdrop of the rapidly changing world of the inter-war years and it seems that his books, with their internal friction bet ...more
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
This is an unusual story told in an unusual way. Well.. It's unusual for me,at least.. There is lust,there is innocence,there is trust and breach of trust,there is maternal love and there is also the craving of human body to possess and be possessed. These themes are there in the story,in the background,but what I felt resounding throughout was the death of innocence. As pages turned,I was trying to find out if that death was suicide or murder or assisted suicide. When the story began there was ...more
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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.

Zweig studied in Austria, France
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