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«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

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Paperback, Narrativa del Acantilado [21], 66 pages
Published January 18th 2002 by Acantilado (first published 1922)
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Rowena
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
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Kalliope




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?






BlackOxford
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
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Magdalen
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you hear this? It's me clapping in the background.
Epic
Chris_P
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
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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.
Inés Izal
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritos, 2016
IMPRESIONANTE.
Sawsan
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.


Sandra
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, austria
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!
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
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Chrissie
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 Movie
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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,
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Rym
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 an
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Kat
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
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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
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Cheryl
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.
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...
Onur B
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good life section belongs to one woman, very impressive love letter.
I did not tired for koving you along all my life.
Recomended.
Octavian
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!
Czarny Pies
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone unfamiliar with the work of Stefan Zweig
Recommended to Czarny by: Lucie Novak
Shelves: german-lit
This novel takes form of monologue in which a character recounts a story berating the listener for past sins of omission and commission. This device can be effective the first time that one encounters it. It powefuly represents the intense emotion of the protagonist and maintains a high level of tension through-out the piece. I first encountered this form in the one act opera of La voix humaine (musique Francois Poulenc, livret Jean Cocteau). I have also encountered it in Strindberg's Stronger, ...more
Jasmine
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austrian
so I spent like an hour earlier trying to find this book on here constantly coming up with 24 hours in the life of a woman, and right before giving up and assuming there were two titles I wiki'd and learned those are two different (if seemingly similarly themed) books. so first I pulled the letter from an unknown woman isbn off of the other book where it was located on goodreads. then I searched again and finally found the book. This is called a novella, but at best it's a short story and one th ...more
Lectiophile
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lectiophile by: Gopala Krishnan
Thanks to Stefan Zweig for writing such an amazing page-turner. I planned on reading a few pages of the book before going to bed, unfortunately the book stole my sleep from me, so much so that, I just couldn't slip into slumber until I was done with the story.

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
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吕不理
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zweig is so great!!!
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.
Anna
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Annoying juvenile corset-ripper sappiness. Can't believe anyone takes it seriously.
Lucie Novak
interesting, portraying a forgotten time and place, unusual story
Cat {Wild Night In}
Zweig’s short stories are good, but Letter from an Unknown Woman blows all the ones I’ve read until now out of the water. The concept is simple, the characters are few and the story is short but this somehow made the lady’s tale still sadder. It also made her convincingly obsessed with the man she is writing to.

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
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t like it! This is mental illness not love.
Gizem
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started it on the plane and finished it in 2 hours before landing,a very impressive love story,should be read definetly!
M. Sarki
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letter From an Unknown Woman was a very intense read and one I will not soon forget.
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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.

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