Six short stories exploring the passion of human existence. Each one unique in its execution, each equally briiliant in the telling.
'Fantastic Night'sees a mans belief in life restored, '24 Hours in the life....'has a cultured English lady fall into a heated passion for a gambler,'Invisable Collection' a fable set in the hyper inflationary period,'Buchmental' a beautiful tale of a man absorbed by books to the exclusion of the world, 'Letter from...' a womans unrequited passion for a writer, and 'Fowler Ensnared' a cassanover type tale... no writer can compere or compete with Zweigs versaltility and depth. Each situation is inventive with so many human traits explored and touched upon. That Zweig was a close friend and admirer of Freud shines through-one even wonders how much Freuds ideas gained from association with Zweig!
That Zweig commited suicide in 1942 aged 61 is a human tragedy. His world of free thinking and exploration of ideas was destroyed for a second time with a second world war;the first,he saw, leading to the equally repugnant and oppressive political dogmas of nazi-ism and communism. He may have had another 20 years to live.The world lost a great commentator, a great thinker. Though maybe the upheavals, political and social, in the 50's and 60's would have left him more demoralized.
The great thing we have, however, is his great legacy of words, and this is a brilliant collection in which to get to know this great man