George Prochnik is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise (Doubleday, 2011). He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, The Impossible Exile, to be published by Other Press in May 2014. Stefan Zweig was a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis—where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life.
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