The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

By Stefan Zweig

Written as either a recollection of the earlier, and as a caution for destiny generations, the realm of the day before today remembers the golden age of literary Vienna; its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall.

Surrounded through the best literary lighting of the epoch, Zweig attracts a vibrant and intimate account of his existence and travels via Vienna, Paris, Berlin and London, touching upon the guts of ecu tradition. His passionate, evocative prose paints a beautiful portrait of an period that danced brilliantly at the fringe of extinction. This new translation by means of the award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his such a lot revealing work.

Zweig despatched the manuscript of the memoir to his writer the day ahead of his loss of life, in a suicide pact together with his moment spouse, in Brazil in 1942.

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Kitty laid her head in my lap the way she used to when she was a toddler. Lately she’d been both insecure and clingy. She reached for my hand constantly, wanting to link arms, walk in step. She hovered when I cooked dinner. Was this normal, I wondered? Weren’t fourteen-year-olds supposed to be pulling away? She did spend a lot of time alone in her room, where she’d created a rigorous gymnastics training regimen that involved doing hundreds of push-ups, V-ups, and chin-ups a day. And she was out of the house four or five nights a week at the gym, practicing with her team from six to nine, eating dinner by herself every night around five.

Kitty’s illness wasn’t about the food, but we had to try to get her to eat. It wasn’t about the food—but she was starving to death. Though I respected my friend the therapist and her years of experience, her words made no sense to me. With each day that passed Kitty was disappearing, mentally as well as physically. She was hysterical, emotional, fragile. She couldn’t think straight, couldn’t sustain simple conversations, let alone express or “work through” feelings. If it wasn’t about the food, then why was she so irrational about eating?

Five or six times a day, she sat at the table and faced down panic and guilt, terror and delusions and physical pain, and kept going. And she emerged on the other side. After months of being lost, she came back to us and to herself, and the world took on color and sound and meaning once more. Between 3 and 6 percent of all teens deal with an eating disorder, whether it’s anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or the all-too-common ED-NOS, or eating disorder not specified. Many more struggle with other devastating illnesses, both mental and physical: Schizophrenia.

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