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The Post Office Girl: Stefan Zweig’s Grand Hotel Novel by [Zweig, Stefan]
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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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Stefan Zweig (1981-42), Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer was the most widely translated writer of the 1920s and 1930s. Following the rise of Nazism, Zweig, a Jewish pacifist, fled first to London then New York and Brazil. The composer Richard Strauss, famously defied Hitler’s order to remove Zweig's name as librettist of the opera Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman) causing it to be closed down. Despairing that everything he cared about was being exterminated, Zweig committed suicide in a pact with his second wife in 1942. The manuscript for The Post Office Girl was found among his papers and later published to acclaim in Germany as "Rausch der Verwandlung", The Ecstacy of Transformation ( S.Fischer Verlag, 1982). This first ever English translation was published in the US by the NYRB (June 08) and has been hailed as a ‘new departure’ for Zweig with an immediacy and scope hitherto unequalled in his fiction.

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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