Triumph and Disaster

Triumph and Disaster

Five Historical Miniatures

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This work contains five vivid dramatisations of some of the most pivotal episodes in human history, from the Fall of Constantinople to Scott's doomed attempt to reach the South Pole, bringing the past to life in brilliant technicolour.
Publisher: London : Pushkin Press, 2016
Branch Call Number: 838.912 Z97.tr
ISBN: 9781782272748
1782272747

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SkokieStaff_Steven Dec 18, 2017

As a collection development librarian, I try to promote neglected writers of the past because, being dead, they do a poor job of promoting themselves. I’m glad to see that Pushkin Press is now republishing the historical essays of Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in attractive new volumes. I greatly enjo... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven Dec 18, 2017

As a collection development librarian, I try to promote neglected writers of the past because, being dead, they do a poor job of promoting themselves. I’m glad to see that Pushkin Press is now republishing the historical essays of Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in attractive new volumes. I greatly enjoyed his “Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures” in which he turns his eye to five hinge moments of history including the battle of Waterloo, the fall of Constantinople, and Lenin’s journey to Russia in a sealed train. These are “historical miniatures” indeed, in which Zweig sacrifices everything to concision except those elements that make history vital, vivid, and even suspenseful. Zweig may not have been a great historian, but he was a great prose stylist who happened to write about history when he wasn’t writing fiction, journalism, or memoir. I can see why his historical writing was so popular in his lifetime and why it is being brought out again for a new audience. In fact, I could imagine Zweig today as a superb podcaster, inspiring legions of listeners to a love of history with his dramatic style.

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