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Le bouquiniste Jacob Mendel est un vieil homme érudit au moment du déclenchement de la Première Guerre mondiale. Ne lisant pas les journaux, il ignore la guerre qui fait rage en Europe... ce détachement du monde est-il sans risque dans une époque où l'engagement semble de rigueur ?

Le Bouquiniste Mendel est l'une des nouvelles les plus lues de l'écrivain Stefan Zweig. Ce de
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Published July 2nd 2013 by Les Éditions de l'Ebook malin (first published 1929)
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

These are “Tales of Obsession and Desire”. Desire is something to cultivate, relish and pursue. It might be an unattainable fantasy, a viable goal, or something to chase until we know which it is. All can bring pleasure, whether guilty or not. Even desires that lead only to the dead end of frustration are usually worth the price for the indulgence along the way.

But when, oft in twilight, desire transmogrifies into obsession, delusions can engulf, and happiness slips away, like shadows on a moon
Χαρά Ζ.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
_The Invisible Collection/Buchmendel_

**It's a 4,5**
The thing is, i do believe that Zweig was a genius. You don't quite realize how great the book is, you are way too immersed in the stories, and even though you get glimpses of how grand the lines you are currently reading are, you have to finish the book to fully understand the experience. Whenever i finish one of his stories i can only think of them as little miracles. That's what his stories are, little miracles.
I have an old picture of this guy I used to know: I guess I could refer to him as my ex, but our relationship was too messy to even be called a proper romantic relationship – which means he can’t be an ex, exactly. He’s just Phil. The friendship between Phil and I weathered a lot through the years: the push-pull of attraction, intermittent guilt about said attraction, bad timing, missed opportunities, the respective issues we were trying to fix by ourselves (and for ourselves) – which often mean ...more
Manuel Antão
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Unforced Intimacy: "Buchmendel" by Stefan Zweig

(Original Review from the German and English editions, 2002-06-03)

Someone might say that there is a danger of a kind of blinkered euphoria surrounding a writer like Zweig, the mobilising of an army of too easily won over devotees, Sunday supplement blurb believers who can recognise a compelling novel or novella, but misjudge the modernist credentials of writing which an experienced critic

[Zweig's works have been translated into many languages, including English.]

For me, the greatest pleasure in Stefan Zweig's (1881-1942) work is his remarkable empathy and insight into human beings, demonstrated in his fictions by profoundly drawn characters who rise bodily and vividly before the reader's wondering eyes. Written in a transparent German with a pleasant and slightly old fashioned hue, the novella's plots(*) are usually secondary, are usually just mechanisms for the discovery and re
E. G.
--The Invisible Collection: An episode from the time of German inflation
--The Miracles of Life
--A Story Told in Twilight
--Wondrak [unfinished]
--Downfall of the Heart
--Did He Do It?
--The Star Above the Forest

Date of First Publication in German
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am big Stefan Zweig fan. I happened to visit Austria and Switzerland earlier last year and happened to walk through some of the locations he is reported to have stayed. Heiligenkreutz and Schonbrunn palace... I envisioned myself in his shoes and play acted in my mind what may have been running through him in his era when he wrote his books. I am sure I was on complete trip unrelated to this objective. But the sheer beauty of the Baroque environment spurred some great prose ( and potentially so ...more
David Gustafson
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The waning days of the Weimar Republic.

Those at the apogee of the inflation rocket are wallowing in oodles of cash, more than enough to build valuable art collections while those unfortunate souls but one degree below are struggling to put a simple meal on the table before the next impending devaluation.

A prestigious Berlin art dealer has seen his inventory gobbled-up by the nouveau riche and his bank balance decimated to the bone by insatiable inflation. He seeks out a provincial collector who
This novella tells the tragic tale of Mendel the old book dealer. But Although a short tale, Zweig is able to describe both Mendel`s tragic fall and the beginning of Europe`s post WWI decline. ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Invisible Collection" contains ten stories that embody a spectrum of human experiences. It touches on passion for a pursuit deemed worthy (e.g., art and/or beauty), obsession with unattainable objects of desire, delusional behaviors, deception of others in the service of self, and losses that obliterate motivation for living. The stories share a disturbing and searching quality in rendering visible the character flaws that we are too well acquainted with. Most of the stories are very good b ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
How can I rate less than five stars a story about a man obsessed with books! And Zweig is a master of presenting obsessions. Of course, many goodreads members probably understand this perfectly! I will not reveal the story, instead I will tell you about two previous encounters in my lifetime.

First one, some time ago, when I was a student, I had to knock on the apartment at the upper level, because of a plumbing problem. Somebody yelled "YESSS". I entered. There, I saw a very surreal place! Boo
Salma Bk
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buchmendel is a short story written in 1929 by the Austrian author Stefan Zweig.
He is one of my best writers and for whom I have an exceptional appreciation.
Zweig describes the key figure of this short story, which is Jakob Mendel, a Polish Jew who has spent his life reading books from all fields including biology, philosophy, geology and more. Mendel spent 30 years of his life in a cafe in Vienna 'Café Gluck'.
What characterizes the main character is his strong memory, he remembers everything ab
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
in the first story a German war veteran suffering from a blindness induced by militaristic mania can appreciate his prized collection of old master prints only in abstract nostalgia whilst ironically the real collection has been sold, sacrificed piecemeal by his family to the hyper-inflation of the inter-war years in order to support, amongst others, his widowed daughter whose husband died at Verdun. In the second, Jacob Mendel the Jewish bookdealer eschews ideology in favour of an almost religi ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams. Loneliness. Obsession. Self-deception. Stefan Zweig explores psychology with deep insight in this collection of short stories. It is a mixture of good and no-so-good stories. But because you might catch glimpses of familiar desires and feelings, it is worth a look.

The Invisible Collection

Poignant story. Reviewed in “A Game of Chess and Other Stories”


Some spoilers but this is history. This is an amazing piece of historical fiction. Jeanne Agnès Berthelot de Pléneuf, marquise de P
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of two Zweig stories - Buchmendel and The Invisible Collection.
Buchmendel was brilliant, but TIC was the one that hit home with me. Having spent a good part of my life collecting stuff (mainly music in vinyl and CD form), I've been having thoughts about the vanity of it all for the past couple of years. Now TIC came and reinforced this "What's the point?" feeling. Although it is supposedly written under the point of view that it IS actually worth it being a collector, ending
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
It's the third Zweig story I've read so far and it impreses me more and more! And, even though I've started it a little bit agitated after a crazy day, it managed to calm me in such a way I wouldn't have expected!
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best short story I´ve ever read
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
AT THE FIRST JUNCTION beyond Dresden, an elderly gentleman entered our compartment, smiled genially to the company, and gave me a special nod, as if to an old acquaintance. Seeing that I was at a loss, he mentioned his name. Of course I knew him! He was one of the most famous connoisseurs and art-dealers in Berlin. Before the war, I had often purchased autographs and rare books at his place. He took the vacant seat opposite me, and for a while we talked of matters not worth relating. Then, chang ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Mendel was no longer Buchmendel, just as the world was no longer the world.” Zweig depicts in this poignant story about the bookseller Jacob Mendel what might become of those obscure geniuses only know by the small circle of friends which composes their peculiar static miraculum mundi – represented in the novella by the Café Gluck – when they are swallowed and regurgitated by war.
In a very moving tone, that will find an echo in his Chess Story, Zweig brushes, like an impressionist painter, the
Graychin (D. Dalrymple)
I don’t trust emotions, my own or anyone else’s, and emotional display tends to make me queasy. Perhaps it’s an inheritance from my Midwest farmer ancestors or the old Yankee blood in me. I wanted some more Zweig to read but when I saw the subtitle given this collection by Pushkin Press (“Tales of Obsession and Desire”) I balked. Yes, even the vague threat of encountering significant amounts of emotion in these pages gave me second thoughts.

Obsession by itself might not have worried me. Give me
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of extremely well written tales by the Master Stefan Zweig. Absolutely compulsive reading. Every one a gem. Cannot recommend too highly. They are at once atmospheric, intriguing and surprising.
Yousif Al Zeera
Feb 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Didn't get engaged into the story.
Ana Ruiz
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, super-short, 2019
Hadn't read anything quite so touching in a while. Loved it.
Conciseness has always seemed to me to be the most essential problem in art. To fit his destiny to a man so nicely as to leave no vacuum, to inclose him as radiantly as the ember does the fly and yet the while preserve every detail of his being has, of all tasks, ever been the dearest to me.
–Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig was an Austrian journalist and playwright, with a Ph.D. in philosophy. He was a pacifist and a friend of Romain Rolland. Zweig wrote many biographies, including that of Balzac, Dicke
Ahlam Alzidjali
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels

Buchmendel" is a 1929 short story by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It tells the tragic story of an eccentric but brilliant book peddler, Jakob Mendel, who spends his days trading in one of Vienna's many coffeehouses. With his encyclopaedic mind and devotion to literature, the Poland-born Russian-Jewish immigrant is not only tolerated but liked and admired by both the owner of his local Café Gluck and the cultured Viennese clients with whom he interacts in the pre-war period. In 1915, however
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: Library book
Two great novellas/extended short stories by Zweig. These stories are glimpses into early 20th C world of Germany/Austria - although they are more "parables" than real life, and in that are timeless. The well-constructed stories, which almost seem like stories an exceptionally articulate raconteur would tell at a party, or descriptions of almost infinitesimally detailed, elaborate dreams, also feature sympathetic insight into characters. The protagonist of each story is an "anti-hero" - beaten d ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first two or three stories are amazing. Up there with chess story. Then the book trips into a magical realism realm. Each line more surreal then the next. I didn't have the attention span or the concentration to fully appreciate what was going on. Perhaps I'll revisit in the future.
Bella Baghdasaryan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is an extremely touching and emotional story. Zweig’s short story makes you to think about the tragic influence of historical events on the fate of normal people who were great on their own. A story, which you can read in 30 minutes, but it will give you something to think about.
Aya Zahran
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, simple, and very touching.

My first read for Stefan Zweig, I loved his easy but very effective writing.
The story was very realistic, yet; a but dark. It also reminded me of Franz Kafka’s short stories.
A memorable short story.
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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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