Carta de una desconocida
«Sólo quiero hablar contigo, decírtelo todo por primera vez. Tendrías que conocer toda mi vida, que siempre fue la tuya aunque nunca lo supiste. Pero sólo tú conocerás mi secreto, cuando esté muerta y ya no tengas que darme una respuesta; cuando esto que ahora me sacude con escalofríos sea de verdad el final. En el caso de que siguiera viviendo, rompería esta carta y conti...more
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 ...more
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?
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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!
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 ...more
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 Movie ...more
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, ...more
“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 an ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thanks to Gopal for recommending the title.
Stefan's imagination and writing style are admirable. Though, at a couple of places, I found the lady a little absurd, very feebly absurd, the remaining story amply covered up for small insignifica ...more
I can totally relate it to myself with the image of me when I was around 17 and obsessed with someone. The love, the devotion, the madness, the sacrifice. They are all too common when a woman loves. I wonder how come a man was able to tell a woman’s story so vivid and so touching. And I wonder what it is that Zweig himself loved so much.
Her acceptance of his superficiality should have annoyed my inner-feminist. Instead it made my heart bleed to hear her recount the lack of recognition on the love of her life’s face at ea ...more
Zweig studied in Austria, France ...more