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This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered old art dealer that I am'It is perhaps the finest art collection of its kind acuired through a lifetime of sacrifice but when a dealer comes. These are Tales of Obsession and Desire Desire is something to cultivate relish and pursue It might be an unattainable fantasy a viable goal or something to chase until we know which it is All can bring pleasure whether guilty or not Even desires that lead only to the dead end of frustration are usually worth the price for the indulgence along the way But when oft in twilight desire transmogrifies into obsession delusions can engulf and happiness slips away like shadows on a moonless night after the sun has set The shifting shadows enhance the fairy tale feel of many of the stories I almost expected magic In a way I found itThe obsessive desires here are varied they re itemised in the spoilered section at the end but many involve the two sides of coins passed between generations inheritance and legacy Some characters are a little exaggerated but they stop short of being caricatures The pain is exuisite sometimes ugly but invariably balanced by beauty There are many deaths mostly self inflicted whether directly or indirectly How and when to be honest about one s knowledge feelings and experiences are other recurring themesModern readers may be discomfited by the portrayal of some of the women but it s mostly necessary for the nature of the stories and their setting MostlyThe Invisible Collection A knowledgeable light came into his eyes a brightness borrowed from what he thought he saw Love is blind so what is beauty Is it just in the eye of the proverbial beholder created by belief as much as anything objectively measurableGoethe said Collectors are happy men I m not sure that s true but if so perhaps collecting is an end in itself and it doesn t matter what you collect When is it kinder and honourable to let someone continue to believe a lie The Emperor s New Clothes came to mindTwilightKnow yourself But Madam de Prie was one of those women who are shaped entirely by other people s attitudes As the mistress of a dismissed Prime Minister she is herself dismissed from the French court She is used to wielding great influence over men and thus events relishing the deceit and intelligence reuired In the twilight of her power she is lost and listless at her lavish country estate the prison of her inner solitude Other people are her mirrors so when she is deprived of high society she is easily spooked by her own reflection like Dorian Gray seeing his portrait in the atticLike Gatsby she dabbles in new extravagant pleasures and shadows of old ones but finds them wanting Unlike him She had no or else left as leverage How can she make and leave her mark The smile fell from her lips like a withered leaf The invisible wall of the silence Even the lights seemed to feel it they hissed uietly and wept hot drops of wax The horror in the room cringed in the corner The evening slowly entered the room and she did not feel it Evening seeps from the walls like dark water The flames flickered uivering as they felt their way into the dark like someone overheated stepping into a cool bath they retreated came forward again and at last a trembling circular cloud of light arose The Miracles of Life The current was drying up the skill of his fingers in intercepting the words spoken by the eye seemed helpless in the face of his bright dream This is almost a novella It explores artist s block blasphemy redemption and eponymous miracles though mostly of the uotidian rather than supernatural kind the kind that reuire faith The atmosphere is a mix of fairytale Kafka and religious allegoryAn artist is commissioned to paint Madonna and child in gratitude for the miracle of healing the second of a promised pair in a side chapel of the cathedral In the difficult process of selecting and persuading a model then putting paint to canvas shades of The Emperor s New Clothes again he encounters many possible minor miracles as well as great struggles about the ethics of basing the Madonna on a mortal woman let alone a Jewish one He befriends his young and fearful sitter and strives to achieve the miracle of conversion He considers the everyday miracles of conception and the ability of children to call forth the devoted kindness of women and they then give it back to the children It s almost miraculous when He felt creative power in him like hot young blood making him closer to the secret of divine power and the unlimited abundance of life There are dramatic sights towards the end that some see as miracles view spoilerAs Esther defended the picture of her and the baby she had grown to love the rioting mob think for a moment that the Madonna herself has come to protect her portrait When the painter finds her she is sprawled to resemble the adjacent older picture This strange miracle making the lonely Jewish girl honour the Madonna in her death hide spoiler

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Buchmendel

To see it he finds something uite unexpected and is drawn into a peculiar deception of the collector himselfStefan Zweig was a wildly popular writer of compelling short fiction in this collection there are peaks of. Zweig s works have been translated into many languages including EnglishFor me the greatest pleasure in Stefan Zweig s 1881 1942 work is his remarkable empathy and insight into human beings demonstrated in his fictions by profoundly drawn characters who rise bodily and vividly before the reader s wondering eyes Written in a transparent German with a pleasant and slightly old fashioned hue the novella s plots are usually secondary are usually just mechanisms for the discovery and representation of characterThese characters are often enough extremists their character traits exaggerated for effect whether Zweig needed this effect to invigorate his imagination or he purposefully used it to attract readers I don t know He was commercially very successful The young man in Verwirrung der Gef hle who afforded his first freedom when he went to Berlin to study at university went from a total submersion in drink and sex to an eually total dedication to a charismatic professor and his studies the professor who vacillated between a nearly impossible inspirational magnetism and a cold gray lifelessness the totally obsessed collector of art prints in Die unsichtbare Sammlung the totally monomaniacal fount of all antiuarian publication knowledge in Buchmendel the totally monomaniacal chessmaster in Schachnovelle5 You see the emerging pattern6Such extremists exist of course but fortunately they can be seen also as heightened versions of much common types of person the young man trying to find himself the tired and disillusioned professor warming himself on the admiring radiations of his students the collector the specialist the powerfully gifted in one particular aspect alone Although I had to whisper to myself occasionally that the idealized extremes were just artistic gestures there were many moments when I exclaimed while reading these stories That is it exactly or God do I remember that or Bullseye Though exaggerated how truthful the inexperienced insecure hero worshipping student was how convincing and poignant the necessarily deeply closeted homosexual professor whose life had been so profoundly deformed by his malinformed and despising environment how precise the insight into the self made nature of our interests obsessions and illusions in the collector and antiuarian and chessmasterThere is yet to be found in Zweig s works like the conseuences for ordinary people of the German hyperinflation in the 1920 s in Die unsichtbare Sammlung and those for alien citizens of enemy states during World War I in Buchmendel but for a change I ll keep this review relatively short Just pick up particularly Schachnovelle or Verwirrung der Gef hle and watch a master of empathy at work With the exception of Ungeduld des Herzens Zweig published no novels during his lifetime Translated with the title Confusion The Invisible Collection Buchmendel5 Chess Story6 Of course this is a pattern with exceptions For example in the third story in this collection Unvermutete Bekanntschaft mit einem Handwerk the reader remains in the author s mind as he watches the crowds in the streets of Paris slowly recognizes a pickpocket at work then excitedly follows him around the city This rings so true at least until I sense his knack for heightening exert itself that I have to believe that the story is based upon a real incident Here one observes Zweig s empathic process at work as he increasingly identifies with the pickpocket to the point that he sets up analogues between the Handwerk of a pickpocket and that of a writer and when the inevitable occurs is concerned with the nabbed in flagranti pickpocket than with his own wallet Rating

Stefan Zweig ¾ 5 review

Extraordinary emotion stories of all that is human crushed by the movements of history of letters that fill a young heart or drive a person towards death of obsession and desire They will stay with the reader for ev. The waning days of the Weimar RepublicThose at the apogee of the inflation rocket are wallowing in oodles of cash than enough to build valuable art collections while those unfortunate souls but one degree below are struggling to put a simple meal on the table before the next impending devaluationA prestigious Berlin art dealer has seen his inventory gobbled up by the nouveau riche and his bank balance decimated to the bone by insatiable inflation He seeks out a provincial collector who has patronized the family gallery for generations A man he has never met face to faceWhen he knocks on the village door the dealer meets a blind man who has no idea that his impressive portfolios are filled with nothing but copies of the missing masterpieces and blank sheets of paper since his desperate wife and daughter have sold the originals to feed the familyPage by memorized page that he can no longer see the excited blind man confidently gives the dealer a minutely detailed tour of his life s passion his accomplishment his pride and joy that was as transitory as life itselfThis is the genius of Stefan Zweig at play A writer whose short stories have impact than novels


10 thoughts on “Buchmendel

  1. says:

    These are “Tales of Obsession and Desire” Desire is something to cultivate relish and pursue It might be an unattainable fantasy a viable goal or something to chase until we know which it is All can bring pleasure whether guilty or not Even desires that lead only to the dead end of frustration are usually worth the price for the indulgence along the way But when oft in twilight desire transmogrifies into

  2. says:

    The Invisible CollectionBuchmendelIt's a 45The thing is i do believe that Zweig was a genius You don't uite realize how great the boo

  3. says:

    I have an old picture of this guy I used to know I guess I could refer to him as my ex but our relationship was too messy to even be called a proper romantic relationship – which means he can’t be an ex exactly He’s just Phil The frien

  4. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewUnforced Intimacy Buchmendel by Stefan ZweigOriginal Review from the German and English editions 2002 06 03Someone might say that there is a danger of a kind of blinkered euphoria surrounding a writer like Zweig the mobilising of an army of too easily won

  5. says:

    Zweig's works have been translated into many languages including EnglishFor me the greatest pleasure in Stefan Zweig's 1881 1942 work is his remarkable empathy and insight into human beings demonstrated in his fictions by profoundly drawn characters who rise bodily and vividly before the reader's wondering eye

  6. says:

    The Invisible Collection An episode from the time of German inflation Twilight The Miracles of Life A Story Told in Twilight Wondrak

  7. says:

    Collectors have a peculiar form of addiction an obsession that turns them into esoteric connoisseurs

  8. says:

    I am big Stefan Zweig fan I happened to visit Austria and Switzerland earlier last year and happened to walk through some of the locations he is reported to have stayed Heiligenkreutz and Schonbrunn palace I envisioned myself in his shoes and play acted in my mind what may have been running through him in his era when he wrote his books I

  9. says:

    The waning days of the Weimar RepublicThose at the apogee of the inflation rocket are wallowing in oodles of cash than enough to build valuable art collections while those unfortunate souls but one degree below are struggling to put a simple meal on the table before the next impending devaluationA prestigious Berlin art dealer has seen his inventory gobbled up by the nouveau riche and his bank balance decimated to the bone by insatiable i

  10. says:

    This novella tells the tragic tale of Mendel the old book dealer But Although a short tale Zweig is able to describe both Mendel`s tragic fall and the beginning of Europe`s post WWI decline