The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig. 1st UK Edition. Hardback. Cassell, 1943.
The World of Yesterday was mailed to his publisher a few days before Stefan Zweig took his life in 1942 It has become a classic of the memoir genre. Originally titled “Three Lives,” the memoir describes Vienna of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire, the world between the two world wars and the Hitler years.
This work is both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of literary Vienna-its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall.
Stefan Zweig, surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction.
“The best single memoir of Old Vienna by any of the city’s native artists.” — Clive James
“A book that should be read by anyone who is even slightly interested in the creative imagination and the intellectual life, the brute force of history upon individual lives, the possibility of culture and, quite simply, what it meant to be alive between 1881 and 1942.” — The Guardian
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“It is not so much a memoir of a life as it is the memento of an age.” — The New Republic.