By Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle
During his lifetime Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) used to be one of the most generally learn German-language writers on the earth. regularly arguable, he fell into severe disfavor as writers and critics in a devastated postwar Europe attacked the bad literary caliber of his works and excoriated his apolitical fiction as naïve Habsburg nostalgia. but in different elements of the area, Zweig’s works have loved endured admiration and recognition, even canonical status.
China’s Stefan Zweig unveils the extreme good fortune of Zweig’s novellas in China, the place he has been learn in a completely various approach. in the course of the New tradition flow of the Twenties, Zweig’s novellas have been chanced on via intellectuals turning opposed to Confucian culture. within the Thirties, left-wing students criticized Zweig as a decadent bourgeois author, but after the communist victory in 1949 he used to be re-introduced as a political author whose particular mental descriptions uncovered a brutal and hypocritical bourgeois capitalist society. within the Nineteen Eighties, after the Cultural Revolution, Zweig’s works brought on a large-scale “Stefan Zweig fever,” the place Zweig-style girl figures, the light, loving, and self-sacrificing ladies who populate his novels, grew to become the female perfect. Zweig’s probably anachronistic poetics of femininity allowed feminists to criticize Maoist gender politics by means of praising Zweig as “the anatomist of the feminine heart.” As Arnhilt Hoefle makes transparent, Zweig’s works have by no means been passively acquired. Intermediaries have actively chosen, interpreted, and translated his works for extraordinarily assorted purposes.
China’s Stefan Zweig not basically re-conceptualizes our knowing of cross-cultural reception and its underlying dynamics, yet proposes a significant second look of 1 of the main winning but misunderstood ecu writers of the 20 th century. Zweig’s works, that have encouraged contemporary movie diversifications reminiscent of Xu Jinglei’s Letter from an Unknown Woman (2005) and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), are just commencing to be rediscovered in Europe and North the USA, however the heated debate approximately his literary benefit maintains. This ebook, with its wealth of hitherto unexplored Chinese-language resources, sheds gentle at the Stefan Zweig conundrum during the lens of his chinese language reception to bare fabulous, and lengthy missed, literary dimensions of his works.
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