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Rahat ve korunaklı bir yaşam süren saygın bir kadın, sekiz yıllık evliliğinden sıkılmış, burjuva dünyasının kozasından çıkarak kendini genç bir piyanistin kollarına atmıştır. Ancak bu gizli ilişkiden haberdar olan bir şantajcının ansızın zuhur etmesiyle, hayatında yeni farkına vardığı bütün güzellikleri yitirme tehlikesiyle karşı karşıya kalır ve kahredici bir korkunun pen ...more
Paperback, 70 pages
Published July 2015 by Türkiye İş Bankası Yayınları (first published 1910)
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Muhtasin Oyshik
Fear by Stefan Zweig

Sometimes a momentary recklessness is enough for a fall. In this novella, a wife was cheating on her husband. And when she was blackmailed by a woman about it, her life became an ordeal. Whenever she left her house, this fear crushed her. Her perception became delusionally veiled with fear and guilt. With great brilliance, Stefan Zweig had written the psychological depths of his characters.
That fear was worse than the punishment, which after all is something definite, and
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-language
Coming Out of the Proto-Feminist Closet

Zweig was a close friend and confidant of Sigmund Freud. And this little novella is clearly influenced by psycho-analytic theory. However it suggests to me at least a nod to the concepts of Carl Jung in its development and resolution.

Who is this Frau Irene Wagner really? Merely a bourgeois socialite, a Mme Bovary, who decides to engage in a little adultery out of boredom with her established matronly routine? A hedonist pushing for that extra frisson of ple
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

this is my second dip in the zweig pool, and i'm pretty much sold. i do wish someone would publish a volume of his collected works so i don't have to keep buying these tiny, albeit beautiful, pushkin press editions. they can be read in the time it takes to eat a box of crackers. and then you are left with no crackers and no more book. and that is a heavy-souled feeling.

ya know what is also a heavy-souled feeling?? the guilt of infidelity. a seamless transition into the book by ms. brisse
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jibran by: PGR Nair
Shelves: german
It seems there is an inexhaustible supply of writers who devote their literary powers to investigate the deepest recesses of the minds and souls of respectable married women cheating on their dear husbands, taking on lovers, or simply committing adultery.

The names are well-known, be it Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary or others, so let's just say that the persona of an unfaithful woman provided (and still provides) perhaps the best vantage point from which to observe the follies of human society
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
I felt the inner turmoil of Irene, the married bourgeois wife and mother of two who was being blackmailed by her lover's former mistress.

I couldn't help but read this novella through a feminist lens.
Irene has similar feelings of discontentment to a lot of the literary heroines who lived before our more emancipated times and felt trapped in their lives: Irene certainly feels trapped in her marriage and this leads her to having an affair with a young talented pianist. Irene has everything societ
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you had the chance to pick any author to write your story or to write a character based on you whom would you pick? I'd pick Stefan Zweig for sure.

His ability to analyze the human psyche will never seize to impress me. He is by far one of the best novelists who walked on earth. I will make it a personal life goal to read everything that he has ever written.
PGR Nair
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fear Eats the Soul

Literature is replete with great works of art dwelling on extra-marital relationships. As a single story , perhaps Chekhov’s Lady with the lapdog may be considered as the Taj Mahal for extramarital love. We then have masterpieces like Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Flaubert’s Madam Bovary and Fontaine’s Effi Briest . Zweig also deals with the same theme but he chooses to concentarte his entire drama on the angst or fear that clutches the doer when someone witnesses her secret rendez
Shayan Foroozesh
Zweig, Zweig, and my dear Zweig. All his books have this magnetic captivating nature. If a non-Zweig-reader stumbles upon one of his works and wants to leaf through to check the structure of his writing they would probably decide that it’s a boring and hyper-energy-consuming book with no chapters and no separating parts, with its long paragraphs and minimum dialog among the characters. But the moment you set your eyes on his magical writing you are drawn into his world and you just keep reading ...more
There it is, what happens when life evolves and becomes complacent, much too complacent for a woman who marries young, bears children, and soon finds no true meaning in her everyday life. She isn't dissatisfied, no, in fact she appreciates her life of "complacent bourgeoisie" of which she has no control. If anything, she craves desire, the kind at its ripened stage. She does not want to feel like someone's mother; she wants to feel like someone's lover. For,

a kind of languor in the air may ar
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe, 2017, fiction
Finished it in a few hours - absolutely impossible to put down and what an ending! Zweig is a master at describing the inner emotions of his characters without becoming melodramatic. I really didn't expect the ending and I'm usually pretty good at guessing! Excellent novella! ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a few of Stefan Zweig’s novellas and found them to be generally pretty decent; Fear is the first one I haaaaated!

Irene Wagner is a 30 year old wife and mother, married for 8 years to a successful lawyer, who decides to have an affair with a young pianist(hehe!). Except she begins to be blackmailed by her lover’s former mistress who discovers her infidelity and the fear of being found out drives Irene to the brink of suicide. What’sa she to do!?

I understand that this is supposedly about
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Fascinating psychological tale about a woman who has everything: wealth, good family, security, whatever she wants. She's not bored, but neither does she care about anything. She calmly drifts through her life. She has children. They are there, but they hold little interest for her. She lets the governess and her husband tend to them.

She's perfectly self-satisfied, self-absorbed and completely non reflective. Her whole life is taken for granted.

There's another man in her life. She doesn't love h
Ram Alsrougi
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third plunge in Zweig's world... Only him, can create an amazing plots, concentrated, perceptive, sublime pacing psychological literature with less than 100 pages novella!.
Again; he's keep proofing that he's gonna be one of my top writers of all the time.
Ola Hassan
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome ! ❤️
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-readings
"Oh please, woman, speak up for yourself! Open your mouth, do something!" That's what I thought while reading it.
Stefan Zweig was able to suck me in this mix of feelings in such a genius way.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting atmospheric little tale with a surprising twist. Zweig cranks up the tension quite unmercifully...
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
I fell in love with Zweig,again.!! This is the story of adultery,love and responsibility.. Like always,it's intense.. And this intensity of emotions gives one the thrill of reading a tension-packed thriller. The fear in this story was so real. His words were that of a man who had experienced it. When I read the story I was thinking how would a wife feel if this was written by her husband who is a writer.. Twisted thinking,isn't it.? But I guess it would have led to the same results that comes in ...more
Bhaskar Thakuria
Reading this one I came away with the evident feeling of the kind of psychological insight Stefan Zweig has. Indeed there are very few writers who are comparable in that they possess that quality in inordinate amount and skill. Mastery of plot and profound psychological depth-these are two of the qualities that great writers have and Zweig is adept at both. It was like as if he had drilled inside the mental labyrinth of his female protagonist caught in the sin of adultery. Only two other writers ...more
reading is my hustle
another translated gem & a snack at just 106 pages. the story is about a woman who is being blackmailed because of her infidelity. it was published in 1920 & four different film versions exist! i definitely plan to read more of his work.

M. Sarki
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine little novella. Engaging and suspenseful. True to life. Stresses actually how important it is to communicate with one another.
Ashley Cale
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
I used to avoid adultery narratives, and I'm still not entirely fond of them, but the same elements of fear and pain , guilt and shame, "liberation" and "confinement"--such a large part of certain adultery narratives-- are shared by many different acts against morality; its lessons speak volumes no matter what the circumstance. Discontent leads all of us astray at some point, even in "small" matters.

Zweig undertakes an unflinching dissection of fear using a well-worn trop
Another cautionary tale from Zweig. Poor Irene, reaching for things that she does not have the stomach for...well she certainly got to feel extreme emotion and more! Zweig is such a contained and at the same time fluid writer.His little(short stories) morality tales can be extremely boring and predictive, also addictive.
Lisamarie Wolf
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a subjective review.

About the book: A married woman endures a veritable crisis due to a love affair, which is followed by her being blackmailed for it.

The title does not promise too much, it is an intense, sophisticated, honest, and successful attempt at capturing Angst, with a level of empathy I imagine writers everywhere to aspire to.
Read, if you are interested in, particularly the life of women during the Belle Époque, a society that resembles a maze of more or less subtle suppression
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The psychological grip Zweig has on the reader here is truly extraordinary. There is no artifice, no hitching of wagons to other traditions, simply a deep diving exploration of the internal tremblings of, in this case, a bored upper middle class housewife, an ostensibly superficial creature forced to look into her own dark recesses after her adultery is discovered by a blackmailer. Perfect length, sublime pacing, a couple of twists. In fact, even the act of the husband, which could be a hackneye ...more
Maritza Buendía
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fear” by Stefan Zweig is a brief novella that captures a woman’s irrational fear and guilt after an extramarital affair. Irene is bored with her comfortable life and has succumbed to her sexual desires, but mostly what she was looking for was an adventure; however, this comes at a high price. She has risked her marriage to a respected lawyer, her family and her status in the community for a few moments of sexual release. She is then blackmailed by a strange woman that makes her life miserable a ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fear" originally titled "Angst" in German is an old school psychological thriller with a little bit of a surprise ending. You are in masterful hands with Zweig so you should have no angst about starting this book.

I kept reflecting on how exciting these novellas must of been when they came out in the early 1900's(Angst originally published in 1920) before movies became a form of escapism for the masses.I could be overthinking things. That's my sociology rant..
Mostafa Mostafa
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars!
Delve into the mind of a woman literllay eaten by fear!
Zweig invites u into a unique journey and you cant but enjoy it!
His description is ao vivid and clear, you are almost involved in the same feelings!
This is a wonderful piece of literature that all should read, about the complexity of us humans and the relationships we are so involved in.
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She lay with her eyes closed to relish, at a deeper level, her real life or what it was, and it was now her happiness too. Something still hurt her, deep inside, but it was a promising pain, burning but mild, just as wounds burn when scar tissue is about to close over them for ever.
Meryem Abjeg
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderfully written :)
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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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