Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

By Stefan Zweig

A physician within the Dutch East Indies torn among his clinical responsibility to assist and his personal combined feelings; a middle-aged maidservant whose devotion to her grasp leads her to devote a poor act; a lodge waiter whose love for an unapproachable aristocratic good looks culminates in a virtually lyrical demise and a prisoner-of-war longing to be domestic back in Russia. In those 4 tales, Stefan Zweig indicates his present for the extreme research of emotional dilemmas. His 4 tragic and relocating cameos of the human are performed out opposed to cosmopolitan and colonial backgrounds within the first half the 20 th century.

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I dont get out there much, of course. I went at Christmas. You know. They left word at the Eagles for me to call one time and I dont know. Come to dinner sometime. You know. I didnt want to go out there. I dont blame you for that. The uncle shifted a little in his chair. Well, it’s not that I dont get along with them really. I just … You just cant stand them nor them you. A funny little smile crossed the uncle’s face. Well, he said. I dont think I’d go so far as to say that. Now of course they’ve never done me any favors.

He came back for his supper and went out again and stayed until past dark. Just before midnight she heard him leave the house again. He listened at her door and then went on to the front room where he sat on the daybed and donned his shoes. Then he was out in the warm August night, lush and tactile, the door set shut with a faint cry of the keeperspring, down the path through the gate and into the lane. When he came out on the pike he could feel the day’s warmth from the macadam through his thin shoesoles and he could smell it, musky and faintly antiseptic.

Down there in grots of fallen light a cat transpires from stone to stone across the cobbles liquid black and sewn in rapid antipodes over the raindark street to vanish cat and countercat in the rifted works beyond. Faint summer lightning far downriver. A curtain is rising on the western world. A fine rain of soot, dead beetles, anonymous small bones. The audience sits webbed in dust. Within the gutted sockets of the interlocutor’s skull a spider sleeps and the jointed ruins of the hanged fool dangle from the flies, bone pendulum in motley.

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