Elisabeth Orth reads Stefan Zweig: Buchmendel

Buchmendel – “magician of bookfanciers, […] an emblem of bookish lore, the glory of the Café Gluck” – is an eccentric Galician book peddler in whose cosmos there does not seem to be any space for the increasingly politicising world. Even the outbreak of World War I seems to pass Mendel by.

BUCHMENDEL describes the quiet, profound tragedy of an unpolitical person. Stefan Zweig created an insightful homage to the “zeitgeist” of a lost world.

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