* The Impossible Exile by George Prochnik


The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World is a biography of the writer Stefan Zweig, whom I have not read — and perhaps I would have found more interest in it if I were familiar with his writing.  A wealthy man, Zweig traveled widely before he had to leave Vienna permanently to avoid the Nazis and his early travels display the usual, mundane chaos of travelers. Later, after divorcing his wife and marrying his much younger assistant, he seems just sad. And that poor ex-assistant, who killed herself or was killed with him, certainly workers herself to the bone to sustain his genius…

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