“Budapest” Shines Light On Stefan Zweig

The success of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has cast some spotlight on Stefan Zweig, the subject of a new book. Georges Prochnik’s “The Impossible Exile,” according to the New York Review, is “a gripping, unusually subtle, poignant, and honest study. Prochnik attempts, on the basis of an uncompromising investigation, to clarify the motives that might have driven to suicide an author who still enjoyed a rare popularity, an author who had just completed two major works, his memoir, ‘The World of Yesterday,’ and ‘Brazil: Land of the Future.'” Zweig is shown with another first-rate central-European writer, Joseph Roth, in 1936.

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