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The Post Office Girl: Stefan Zweig’s Grand Hotel Novel by [Zweig, Stefan]
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" [Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . . " - Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
" Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." - Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
" His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." - Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
" The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." - Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
" A brilliant writer." - Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
" Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." - Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times"

"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . ." -Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." -Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." -Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
"The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." -Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
"A brilliant writer." -Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
"Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." -Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times"

"[In this] ... beautiful translation by Joel Rotenberg.... Stefan Zweig finds a universal story of psychological struggle and spiritual testing in a bitter but humane indictment of class inequality. He finds a love story, of a sort, in a quest story, and a quest story in a love story. He finds anger in compassion, and compassion in anger; beauty in suffering, and suffering in beauty." --"The New York Observer"
"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . ." -Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." -Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." -Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
"The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." -Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
"A brilliant writer." -Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
"Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." -Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times"

"Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna...The posthumous publication of a Zweig novel affords an opportunity to revisit this gifted writer..."The Post-Office Girl" is captivating." -"-The Wall Street Journal"
.,." nowhere else in his fiction does Zweig confront the legacy of the Great War with as deep a social reach or as detailed a human sympathy as he does in "The Post-Office Girl,.". we are lucky to have the book, not only for its devastating picture of postwar Austrian life but also because it represents so radical a departure from Zweig's other fiction as to signal the existence of a hitherto unsuspected literary personality..." --William Deresiewicz, "The Nation"
"[In this] ... beautiful translation by Joel Rotenberg.... Stefan Zweig finds a universal story of psychological struggle and spiritual testing in a bitter but humane indictment of class inequality. He finds a love story, of a sort, in a quest story, and a quest story in a love story. He finds anger in compassion, and compassion in anger; beauty in suffering, and suffering in beauty." --"The New York Observer"
"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . ." -Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." -Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." -Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
"The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of thestory as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." -Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
"A brilliant writer." -Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
"Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." -Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times"

""The Post Office Girl" is a fine novel and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist. It is a powerful social history, describing in moving detail the social impact of the First World War, and the extreme poverty in which so many people were forced to live. It shows up the challenge to European civilisation of the early Thirties and the failure of humanism, in which Zweig believed until the end of his life. And it is remarkable for the bleak interior worlds it depicts of anxiety, self-doubt, depression and disintegration. Zweig succeeded in taking the most complex concepts of psychoanalysis and bringing them vividly to life." --"The Telegraph"
"Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna...The posthumous publication of a Zweig novel affords an opportunity to revisit this gifted writer..."The Post-Office Girl" is captivating." -"-The Wall Street Journal"
.,." nowhere else in his fiction does Zweig confront the legacy of the Great War with as deep a social reach or as detailed a human sympathy as he does in "The Post-Office Girl,.". we are lucky to have the book, not only for its devastating picture of postwar Austrian life but also because it represents so radical a departure from Zweig's other fiction as to signal the existence of a hitherto unsuspected literary personality..." --William Deresiewicz, "The Nation"
"[In this] ... beautiful translation by Joel Rotenberg.... Stefan Zweig finds a universal story of psychological struggle and spiritual testing in a bitter but humane indictment of class inequality. He finds a love story, of a sort, in a quest story, and a quest story in a love story. Hefinds anger in compassion, and compassion in anger; beauty in suffering, and suffering in beauty." --"The New York Observer"
"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . ." -Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." -Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." -Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
"The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." -Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
"A brilliant writer." -Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
"Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." -Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times"

Is it possible to have a realist fairy story? If so, this is it. The characters are so well realised and observed, and there are passages of such imaginative immersion, that we owe its publisher our gratitude for bringing it into English for the first time. What a treat this book is ." --The Spectator "(UK)
An exhilarating ski run of poverty, joy and misery... it is the girl's ecstatic naivety and Zweig's sparkling prose that makes the old stories so sweetly fresh and, when the whole dream collapses, so devastatingly sad ." --The Sunday Times" (UK)
"In "The Post-Office Gir"l Stefan Zweig explores the details of everyday life in language that pierces both brain and heart...The story is poignant, painful, and must be one of fiction s darkest indictments of how poverty destroys hope, enjoyment, beauty, brightness and laughter, and how money, no matter how falsely, provides ease and delight." --"The Spectator" (UK)
"This is a fascinating depiction of the effects of history on individual lives." --"The Financial Times"
""The Post Office Girl" is a fine novel and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist. It is a powerful social history, describing in moving detail the social impact of the First World War, and the extreme poverty in which so many people were forced to live. It shows up the challenge to European civilisation of the early Thirties and the failure of humanism, in which Zweig believed until the end of his life. And it is remarkable for the bleak interior worlds it depicts of anxiety, self-doubt, depression and disintegration. Zweig succeeded in taking the most complex concepts of psychoanalysis and bringing them vividly to life." --"The Telegraph"
"Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna...The posthumous publication of a Zweig novel affords an opportunity to revisit this gifted writer..."The Post-Office Girl" is captivating." -"-The Wall Street Journal"
..". nowhere else in his fiction does Zweig confront the legacy of the Great War with as deep a social reach or as detailed a human sympathy as he does in "The Post-Office Girl.".. we are lucky to have the book, not only for its devastating picture of postwar Austrian life but also because it represents so radical a departure from Zweig's other fiction as to signal the existence of a hitherto unsuspected literary personality..." William Deresiewicz, "The Nation "
"[In this] ... beautiful translation by Joel Rotenberg.... Stefan Zweig finds a universal story of psychological struggle and spiritual testing in a bitter but humane indictment of class inequality. He finds a love story, of a sort, in a quest story, and a quest story in a love story. He finds anger in compassion, and compassion in anger; beauty in suffering, and suffering in beauty." --"The New York Observer"
"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . . " Stephen Spender, "The New York Review of Books"
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." Barthold Fles, "The New Republic"
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." Ruth Franklin, "London Review of Books"
The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story. Rachel Cohen, "Bookforum"
A brilliant writer. Louis Kronenberger, "The New York Times"
Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering. Edwin McDowell, "The New York Times""

"Is it possible to have a realist fairy story? If so, this is it. The characters are so well realised and observed, and there are passages of such imaginative immersion, that we owe its publisher our gratitude for bringing it into English for the first time. What a treat this book is". --The Spectator (UK)
"An exhilarating ski run of poverty, joy and misery... it is the girl's ecstatic naivety and Zweig's sparkling prose that makes the old stories so sweetly fresh and, when the whole dream collapses, so devastatingly sad." --The Sunday Times (UK)
"In The Post-Office Girl Stefan Zweig explores the details of everyday life in language that pierces both brain and heart...The story is poignant, painful, and must be one of fiction's darkest indictments of how poverty destroys hope, enjoyment, beauty, brightness and laughter, and how money, no matter how falsely, provides ease and delight." --The Spectator (UK)
"This is a fascinating depiction of the effects of history on individual lives." --The Financial Times
"The Post Office Girl is a fine novel and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist. It is a powerful social history, describing in moving detail the social impact of the First World War, and the extreme poverty in which so many people were forced to live. It shows up the challenge to European civilisation of the early Thirties and the failure of humanism, in which Zweig believed until the end of his life. And it is remarkable for the bleak interior worlds it depicts of anxiety, self-doubt, depression and disintegration. Zweig succeeded in taking the most complex concepts of psychoanalysis and bringing them vividly to life." --The Telegraph
"Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna...The posthumous publication of a Zweig novel affords an opportunity to revisit this gifted writer...The Post-Office Girl is captivating." --The Wall Street Journal
..". nowhere else in his fiction does Zweig confront the legacy of the Great War with as deep a social reach or as detailed a human sympathy as he does in The Post-Office Girl... we are lucky to have the book, not only for its devastating picture of postwar Austrian life but also because it represents so radical a departure from Zweig's other fiction as to signal the existence of a hitherto unsuspected literary personality..." --William Deresiewicz, The Nation
"[In this] ... beautiful translation by Joel Rotenberg.... Stefan Zweig finds a universal story of psychological struggle and spiritual testing in a bitter but humane indictment of class inequality. He finds a love story, of a sort, in a quest story, and a quest story in a love story. He finds anger in compassion, and compassion in anger; beauty in suffering, and suffering in beauty." --The New York Observer
"[Zweig is a] writer who understands perfectly the life he is describing, and who has great analytic gifts . . . " -Stephen Spender, The New York Review of Books
"Always [Zweig] remains essentially the same, revealing in all . . . mediums his subtlety of style, his profound psychological knowledge and his inherent humaneness." -Barthold Fles, The New Republic
"His writing reveals his sympathy for fellow human beings." -Ruth Franklin, London Review of Books
"The experience of reading Zweig is not so much of entering the world of the story as of plunging inward and dreaming the story." -Rachel Cohen, Bookforum
"A brilliant writer." -Louis Kronenberger, The New York Times
"Admired by readers as diverse as Freud, Einstein, Toscanini, Thomas Mann and Herman Goering." -Edwin McDowell, The New York Times

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Cinderella meets Bonnie and Clyde in Zweig's posthumous classic, available here in English for the first time. Christine toils in a provincial post office in Austria just after World War One, a country gripped by unemployment. Out of the blue, a telegram arrives from her rich American aunt inviting Christine to a resort in the Swiss Alps. Immediately she is swept up into a world of inconceivable wealth and unleashed desire. She feels herself utterly transformed: nothing is impossible. But then, abruptly, her aunt cuts her loose and Christine is forced to return to the Post office where nothing will ever be the same. In this haunting yet compassionate reworking of the Cinderella story, Zweig shows us the human cost of the boom and bust of capitalism. The Post Office Girl was completed during the 1930s as Zweig was driven by the Nazis into exile, and was found among his papers after his suicide in 1942. It is available here for the first time in English. 'Zweig is one of the masters of the short story and novella, and by 'one of the masters' I mean that he's up there with Maupassant, Checkhov, James, Poe or indeed anyone you care to name.' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590172620
  • Publisher: Sort Of (18 August 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZJCS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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