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Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark.

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Stefan Zweig: On The Daemonic and Tragic Worlds | dark ecologies

Whatever strives to transcend the narrower boundaries of self, overleaping immediate personal interests to seek adventures in the dangerous realm of inquiry, is the outcome of the daemonic constituent of our being.

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Stefan Zweig: On The Daemonic and Tragic Worlds

Reproduction and death condition the immortal renewal of life; they condition the instant which is always new. That is why we can only have a tragic view of the enchantment of life, but that is also why tragedy is the symbol of enchantment.

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Dark Gnosis

Last letter from Petrópolis: Montaigne by Stefan Zweig

Over the course of his life, Stefan Zweig was a most prolific writer, known not only for his novels and plays, but also for a wide range of historical and literary biographies. 1,173 more words


A Weekend in Ilkley (and Ilkley Book Festival!) 

I have spent my first weekend back in the UK away from home in the Yorkshire Dales/Moors and in the wonderful village (and mainly the pub) of Ben Rhydding next to Ilkley. 587 more words

CHESS STORY - fundamentally unsettling

I finished this short story by Stefan Zweig this morning, and it left me feeling…weird. It is a story of isolation, mental torture, and schizophrenia, thinly veiled by the surface story of a chess master meeting his match aboard a cruise ship. 681 more words


Beware of Pity

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig is one of my all-time favourite books. I read it in my native language years ago, so I can’t recommend a good edition/translation to use. 287 more words