Book Review | The Governess and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: November 28, 1881, Austria

Death: February 22, 1942, Brazil


Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, Austria. In addition to being a novelist; was also a playwright, journalist and biography writer. His recognition in the world of literature provided with stories like The Burning Secret, Chess, Fear, Amok, Confusion...


I would like to share with you today; The Governess and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig.



In the story of the governess, it is the main theme that children think that there is a lie behind everything. Stefan Zweig, who is curious about everything in child psychology, has told this story well. We don't tell kids about anything. We don't want them to learn anything, but they also want to be aware of what's going on in life. Because they have rights like every human being on this subject.


Stefan Zweig has managed to introduce children to life with his style that loves turning points and turning an event completely differently in his books. As far as I understand from the story of the Governess, the children seem to have divided their lives into two, not before and after Christ, but before and after the Governess.


There are beautiful adolescent psychology findings in Did He Do It. Zweig manages to reverse something with an incident. He can unexpectedly keep you in his stories. The story includes a person who does not believe in his memories, as a feature different from the Zweig books I have read so far. The story of the man who does not believe in memories is short, and I want to state that this is the least paged story of the book.



In The Miracles of Life, we see that not only money but forgotten debts also occupy an important place. Again, there is a turning point, again, a person's life is completely changing, and this event is happening extraordinarily. The character of Peter in the story is looking for his old soul like a Chernobyl, waiting for a light for it, but nobody cares about it. When he finds himself, he has the opportunity to introduce himself bu his soul to never let him go.


And it is time for Downfall of a Heart, my favorite story in the book. Although I do not like to get wet in the rain, this book made me want it. I have seen that natural events, all interactions between the sky and the earth can be explained by the merging between people. In fact, this is such a nice problem for Zweig both from my point of view and as far as I can see that the main character of the story also complains that nobody wears the troubles of the earth.


Every day, so many places are bombed and so many innocent people are dying on earth… I think that in this story, these events are bluntly blended with dystopia. The sky remains so innocent next to the earth. Like the lust of a person against a person when it rains, the sky changes, lightning strikes everywhere. This was my favorite story in the book, just because it manages to explain the human manifestation of this art like a Nymphomaniac movie.


Zweig? Zweig is the usual Zweig. He dances with the mystery of words officially, he tells us to listen to the troubles of the earth. Whatever you can do for the sake of self-knowledge and sacrifice, he says.



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