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  •  Oh, for a new book on Stefan Zweig and his wives, (2+ / 0-)
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    helpImdrowning, RiveroftheWest

    Friderike Maria von Winternitz and Lotte Altman.   IMHO, Zweig was a far more interesting, important and better writer than the Fitzgeralds....

    From Beware of Pity as an example:

    There are two kinds of pity. One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart's impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another's unhappiness, that pity which is not compassion, but only an instinctive desire to fortify one's own soul against the sufferings of another; and the other, the only one that counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very limit of its strength and even beyond.
    From his suicide note in 1942 (he and Lotte committed suicide together):
    Every day I learned to love this country [Brazil] more, and I would not have asked to rebuild my life in any other place after the world of my own language sank and was lost to me and my spiritual homeland, Europe, destroyed itself...

    “But to start everything anew after a man’s 60th year requires special powers, and my own power has been expended after years of wandering homeless. I thus prefer to end my life at the right time, upright, as a man for whom cultural work has always been his purest happiness and personal freedom — the most precious of possessions on this earth.

    “I send greetings to all of my friends: May they live to see the dawn after this long night. I, who am most impatient, go before them.

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:42:53 PM PDT

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