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Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig
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Feb 24, 2012

really liked it
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Zweig revisits the consequences of war and the effects of time on relationships – or more particularly, on Love – in Journey into the Past. I was compelled by how clearly, openly, and without conceit Zweig describes the inner life of his protagonist. I was reminded of Goethe’s young tragic Werter, but the brevity of the narration as well as the minor revelation at the end redeems any melodrama along the way. Zweig, I finally realize, was a pacifist, and the ominous and dramatic allusion to the coming war (WWII) was a shocking reminder of the world this novel is set amidst. How true that the depravity of the outside world can interfere with the internal lives and delicate loves we try so hard to cultivate.

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