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Bilinmeyen Bir Kadının Mektubu

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  27,048 ratings  ·  2,670 reviews
Stefan Zweig Bilinmeyen Bir Kadının Mektubu (Brief einer Unbekannten) adlı uzun öyküsünü 1920’li yılların ilk yarısında kaleme aldı. Bilinmeyen Bir Kadının Mektubu’nun kadın kahramanını sadece uzun bir mektubun yazarı olarak tanıyoruz. Kadının hayatı boyunca sevmiş olduğu erkek için kaleme aldığı bu mektubun “gönderen”inin adı yoktur. Mektubun başında tek bir hitap vardır: ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published 2012 by Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları (first published 1922)
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Muhtasin Oyshik
Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig

A letter reached on a novelist's birthday. A letter that was about the passionate life confession of a woman whose center of life he was. But for him, she remained just an insignificant lover among many, ultimately a stranger. Even though she was a stranger to him, he couldn't ignore the letter. Because that letter was written after her son's death and delivered after her death. It is a beautiful, poignant story. An exceptional novella that will break
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
“I will tell you the whole story of my life, and it is a life that truly began only on the day I met you. Before that, there was nothing but murky confusion into which my memory never dipped again, some kind of cellar full of dusty, cobwebbed, sombre objects and people.” - Stefan Zweig, Letter from an Unknown Woman

I don’t really understand monomania and it’s very uncomfortable yet fascinating to read about the case in this novella. A famous author reads an anonymous letter addressed to him, the

What if you were to receive a letter that would open up your heart?

What it showed that the improbable is possible?

What if it proved that you had lost your soul?

What if it made you realize that you have been blind?

What if you now grasped that you had no shame?

What if you now saw that it is irremediably too late?

What if your memories were too dim for a full recollection?

How would your life proceed?

Where will the white roses be?

Passive-Aggressive Revenge?

Other than as a practice-piece, it is difficult for he to understand much about this short story. A woman obsessed since puberty by a neighbour she has hardly spoken to spends her entire life in a world of fantastic projection. Despite her rescue from poverty, loving family, and opportunities to get on in life, she prefers to senselessly pine over a man to whom she refuses even to give her name. A casual affair, from his side, results in a pregnancy about which she ref
Anne  (on semi-hiatus)
This is a dramatic and tragic novella written in the form of a letter from a woman to the man whom she has loved for many years. Stefan Zweig has an amazing ability to understand the human psyche and to write in succinct yet beautiful and impassioned prose. As a reader/listener I was completely drawn in to this story, rapt with attention from beginning to end, feeling the drama as it unfolded. The rhythm of this novella felt like a piece of music with certain phrases repeating every so often and ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you hear this? It's me clapping in the background.
Stefan Zweig – Letter From An Unknown Woman

So much more than a love letter. Not just an unrequited love, but the love felt by the lesser for the more. The kind of love which, if it doesn’t bloom, it kills and gets killed, ending up in a Waterloo that only big ideas can cause. If it does bloom, however, it’s what I believe to be the most meaningful kind of love and the one that, strange as it may seem in its contradiction, can lead to self-awareness and respect.

So many things to be felt in such
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, 2016
Steven Godin
Letter From an Unknown Woman I found to be a superb piece of writing. This is in my opinion Zweig at his absolute best in terms of stirring something in the reader, even though it starts along familiar, even slightly tedious lines. A girl has a crush on the man across the hall, a handsome, fastidious, famous writer who lives alone with his elderly servant and comes home with elegant women. She gazes at him with a fluttering heart through the spy-hole in her parents front door and sometimes loite ...more
Χαρά Ζ.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
_Letter from an unknown woman_

4,5 Stars for this one <3
This is a love letter to literature really. I loved it.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zweig takes us into the life and mind of a woman who is writing a letter to a famous author
telling him about the long years she’s been in love with him.
for him, she was only a nameless woman, a casual adventure which leaves no trace when it is over.
she wants him to recognize her love through years, and feel her existence.
it's a dramatic story, but Zweig has an amazing ability to convey emotions, and his style of writing is very sensational.

Célia Loureiro
I bought it yesterday and read it all in about two hours total. I was so moved, I understood so well this woman that loved in the shadows a man that honestly couldn't love anyone... it was heartbreaking, but also representative of what the women I know, myself included, are capable of doing for a great love. And the silence that echoes on the other side... Men.

We must not forget that it was a man who wrote it, so he was both conscient of the enduring power of a woman's affection, but also of how
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatevik by: Anne (on semi-hiatus)
This was a heart-wrenchingly sad and beautiful story. The kind of story that leaves you with longing for more to make it right.
This was my first Zweig book, and I feel in love with his writing.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a little wonder this book is!
I had never read anything by Stefan Zweig before but he had a perfect knowledge of a woman's mind which I find both sensitive and surprising.
This is a story about the power of a woman's love vs the general indifference of a man who doesn't love back.
I find it super-well written and a timeless story.
Highly recommended for all young at heart!
TBV (on semi-hiatus)
An author sifting through his mail is intrigued by an unusual package. It consists of several pages, and was written by someone apparently unknown to him. On reading it he finds more than he bargained for. What a bizarre tale of obsession!
There is something in us that is attracted to passionate love. Unrequited love pulls not only on the magnetism of passion but also the devastation felt when love is not returned. I am a realist, but I was drawn in too.

This book is to be read with your emotions and your heart. With clinical analysis, it falls apart. It is for this reason I am not going to analyze the story. All you need to know is that the setting is Vienna in the late 1800s.

The audiobook I listened to was produced by Sonic Movi
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am dazed and confused. What a book! Don't know what to feel or think. Remarkable. ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I will tell you the whole story of my life, and it is a life that truly began only on the day I met you. Before that, there was nothing but murky confusion into which my memory never dipped again, some kind of cellar full of dusty, cobwebbed, sombre objects and people.”

Letter from an Unknown Woman (German: Brief einer Unbekannten) is a novella written by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig —and published in 1922.

On his birthday, a renowned author – referred to as R. — receives a letter from a
★★★★½ — Favourites of 2012
A famous author receives long a letter from a woman, in which she proceeds to describe the full extent of the passion she has felt for him since she was a young girl. She claims these are her final words before dying. The deep pathos of the situation is impossible to resist, as is the narrative, in which the woman describes the extent to which her obsession for this man has shaped her entire life. Very moving.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Its women readers gave this more 4's and 5's so I guess it may be possible for a woman to love like that. A love that starts young, never would grow old, and demands so very little in return--only a fleeting recognition would be enough and when even that is denied her would rather die than go on with life.

I am not a writer or a libertine, on the other hand, but insofar as the male protagonist here is concerned I find it hard to believe, no matter how many different women had warmed a man's bed,
Suad Alhalwachi
I can only expect this from this particular writer as he wrote a similar book about the 24 hours in the life of a woman and Amok. For Stefan Zweig love seems to be a never ending affair. But he writes not about the ordinary love that happens between two people but about the passionate and destructive love that eventually alienates people. A 52 pages of a long love letter and on top of that the recipient doesn’t even recall the woman? If she was as she says “very beautiful” then how can a man for ...more
4.5 Read as part of Letter from an Unknown Woman and Other Stories.

The beautiful tragedy of feverish longing and unrequited love captured in Zweig's rich prose, that I loved so much already in The Post-Office Girl. And how fitting that Cigarettes After Sex' version of "Keep on loving you" came on the moment I started reading. I will forgive the heroine her penchant for melodrama, because it's slightly embarrassing to recall it in great detail today, but my two decades old diaries are the proof t
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
To the one who never knew me,
I miss you so much today,much more than I have felt in many days.. I feel tired,sick.. I feel my legs go weak.. I think I should go to bed.. But how can i go to bed without sharing my thoughts with you.. So,like always,I sit near my table with my table-lamp on,writing to you..

You didn't ask me why it is that I miss you especially today.. You never ask anything..! I happened to read a book today,much like a long story.. It was about a man receiving letter from an u
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible how Zweig managed to capture in a novella so much emotion, so many feelings, that others cannot in 500 pages. What a story!
Mert Erenel
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, july-2016
I fear death as I will lose all memories of my life. But I also fear to lose the memories where I did feel alive...
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are very good life sections the belongs to one woman, it is one impressive love letter.
One section.
“I did not tired for loving you along all my life”
Good book
Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
My first Stefan Zweig. I was uncomfortable with a male writer portraying a fictional young woman's obsessive love for a male writer, a love that bordered on monomania. But I stuck with this little novella until the end, and found it to be an incisive indictment of the male gaze, what it misses and inflicts. ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe a man wrote this. Made me wonder about Zweig's personal life. ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, painful, wonderfully realized melodrama. Zweig was such an impeccably talented writer.
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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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