The Austrian poet, playwright, novelist, biographer, and essayist, Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), committed suicide partly in despair over the rise of the Third Reich; but in the late 1930s, Zweig traveled to Brazil and wrote about its cities, history, economy, and culture. Zweig loved Barzil, considered it an exemplary nation the West should follow, and called it "one of our best hopes for a future civilizing and pacification of a world that has been desolated by hate and madness." A brief chronology of Brazil is included. Translated from the German (Williams Verlag AG, Zürich; translator Bangerter provides a brief afterword. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
About the Author
Stefan Zweig (1881—1942) spent his youth studying philosophy and the history of literature in Vienna and belonged to a pan-European cultural circle that included Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss. In 1934, under National Socialism, Zweig fled Austria for England, where he authored several novels, short stories, and biographies. In 1941 Zweig and his second wife traveled to Brazil, where they both committed suicide. NYRB Classics published his novels Chess Story and Beware of Pity.