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A psychological cat and mouse hunt... The brief, loveless affair between a bourgeois woman and a concert pianist leads to a vortex of terror, beset by danger, blackmail and fear...
"... Yet finally she was at her own front steps, stumbling towards them. As she pulled open the door, her husband was standing there, a knife in his hand, staring at her, his eyes boring into her. "Where have you been?" he asked dully, "Nowhere," she heard herself reply. A harsh guffaw sounded at her side. "I saw it all! I saw it!" the grinning woman shrieked, giggling maniacally. Her husband raised the knife. "Help!" she shouted. "Help... !""

"Fear" is an enduringly popular novella by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. The story was adapted into a 1928 silent film "Angst" directed by Hans Steinhoff and a 1954 film "Fear" / "La Paura" directed by Roberto Rossellini.

This is a new translation by Nicholas Stephens, who has previously translated Stefan Zweig's "Chess Story," also available on the Kindle.

REVIEWS

A brilliant writer (New York Times)
One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories (Edmund de Waal)
Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna (The Wall Street Journal)
Zweig is one of the masters of the short story and novella, and by 'one of the masters' I mean that he's up there with Maupassant, Chekhov, James, Poe, or indeed anyone you care to name (Nick Lezard Guardian)
A new favourite writer of mine (Wes Anderson)

BIOGRAPHY

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian writer who, at the height of his fame in the 1920s and 30s, was one of the most famous authors in the world. Zweig was born into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family in Vienna, where he attended school and university before continuing his studies on Berlin. A devotee of Hugo von Hoffmanstahl, he had published his first book of poetry by the age of 19. After taking a pacifist stance during the First World War he travelled widely and became an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. He also developed friendships with great writers, thinkers and artists of the day, including Romain Rolland, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arturo Toscanini and, perhaps most importantly, Sigmund Freud, whose philosophy had a great influence on Zweig's work.

In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London. There he began proceedings for the divorce of his first wife Frederika, whom he had left for his secretary Lotte Altmann, a young German-Jewish refugee. In London he also wrote his only novel - his most famous and arguably greatest work, Beware of Pity - before moving to Bath, where, with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, he and Lotte took British citizenship. With the German occupation of France in 1940, Zweig, a committed pacifist and advocate of European integration, was devastated. "Europe is finished, our world destroyed," he wrote. Zweig and Lotte married and left Europe for New York, before finally settling in Petrópolis, Brazil, where in 1942 the couple were found dead in an apparent double suicide.

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