The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

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Translated by Anthea Bell

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian novelist, journalist, biographer, and playwright prominent in the 1920s and 1930s.

In The World of Yesterday Zweig 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. Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, his passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction.

Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, Zweig recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall.

This new translation by award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig’s writing in arguably his most revealing work.

Paperback book 

University of Nebraska Press, 1943; English translation, 2009