Ediciones 98 offers Stefan Zweig´s Diaries (1931-1940), now published for the first time in English. These are Zweig’s original diary entries, written during the most difficult times of his life. He expresses his feelings, thoughts and experiences with the immediacy and candor that only spring forth when writing for oneself. English-speaking readers of Zweig’s work now have the opportunity to peer into his private life and concerns as never before, and become privy to his observations and reflections on matters such as his visit to the Spanish city of Vigo during the Spanish Civil War and the Portuguese city of Lisbon, his views on Hitler, his travels to the United States and Brazil, the temperament and politics of Great Britain leading up to World War II, his writing method, his family relationships, and the existential desperation and anguish he suffered over the advance of Nazism and World War II that led him to commit suicide. Ediciones 98 will publish, in English, Zweig´s diaries corresponding to other years shortly.
Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was one of the 20th century’s most popular European writers. He authored works of fiction infused with psychological depth and lyrical prose, alongside a series of historical and biographical works based on commendable research and offering deep reflections. He was a writer committed to his times and a proponent of pacifism and the goal of European unity. As a Jew, he went into exile in England, fleeing the advance of the Nazism that led to World War II. Both his personal circumstances and his profound anguish over the collapse of Europe that he was foreseeing led him to commit suicide, alongside his wife, in the country in which he had taken refuge, Brazil.