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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zhigunova, Lidia
URN etd-0416102-171159
Title Stefan Zweig and Russia
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Comparative Literature (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Greg Stone Committee Member
Irene DiMaio Committee Member
John Pizer Committee Member
  • the reception of Stefan Zweig in Russia
  • Zweig
  • Russia
  • Gorky and Zweig
Date of Defense 2002-04-08
Availability unrestricted
The main purpose of this study is to examine and to evaluate the reception of Stefan Zweig and his works in Russia, as well as the perception of Russia by Stefan Zweig recorded in his recollections of his trip to Russia in 1928, when he took part in the festivities dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's birth. I will also analyze the meeting and the correspondence between Zweig and Gorky, as well as the correspondence between Zweig and Romain Rolland, in which the two of them shared their views on Soviet Russia.

The study concurs that Zweig was one of the most popular and widely translated authors in the world. Russia, as well as the former Soviet Union, was and is part of that world. The main body of Zweig's works was translated into Russian. However, it was later revealed that Zweig's works were translated on a selective basis. His last and most outstanding non-fictional work, his autobiography Die Welt von Gestern, for instance, had never appeared as a whole in the Soviet Union. The struggle of the translator with the authorities in the former Soviet Union to get the book published will be also a topic for discussion.

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