George Prochnik: Reflections on Stefan Zweig and Exile
Chair: Erica Wagner
George Prochnik’s family fled Austria in the 1930s, at the same time as Stefan Zweig turned his back on Vienna for the last time. In The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, Prochnik muses on the consequences of exile for Zweig and other émigré writers, such as Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht, tracing Zweig’s tumultuous journey to his final destination, Brazil. George Prochnik talks to Erica Wagner about the dramatic effects of exile on Zweig, other writers, and his own family.
George Prochnik’s essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He has taught English and American Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is editor-at-large for Cabine. He lives in New York.
Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry.
In association with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London
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