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George Prochnik: Reflections on Stefan Zweig and Exile

George Prochnik

05/02/2015
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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 Wagnerabout the dramatic effects of exile on Zweig, other writers, and his own family.

In association with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London

George Prochnik

George Prochnik’s essays, poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He is editor-at-large for Cabinet Magazine and won the National Jewish Book Award for The Impossible Exile.

Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is contributing literary editor at Harper’s Bazaar, former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry.
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