Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig

Name:- Burning Secret

Author :- Stefan Zweig

Publisher:- Pushkin press

Published:- January 1/2008

Paperback:- 128 pages

Price :- $ 16

Translated  by :- Anthea Bell
Ten years ago i was full of Hate misunderstanding and stupid ideas about western people

All i used to read was theological works and anything political i ever read in Arabic  teached me a lot but also made my mind somehow corrupted and stupid.

I was fourteen then and all i ever read was political books and within that books all i read was full of antisemitic occidental and could  be hate speech now

But one day a Jewish guy introduced himself to me and after several hours of talking he gave me something so dear that fould be called a life changing.

He gave me an old copy of  Stefan Zweig book the Royal Game or chess and since that day to now i never stopped reading and also importantly starting critical thinking of everything and stop accepting all lies i used to read or believe.

I think and believe that Zweig has saved me only from Radicalism since the people i used to go with are mostly dead since they all either have joined Alqaeda or recently ISIS

Zweig writings opened me a door to appreciate The beauty life and respec Humandignity also.

Sorry for my long introduction but i just had to give you a small introduction to you reader about myself and how a singke book or writer can change you.

Most of the story centers Around Hotel

Coming of age story where childhood Innocense and trust are lost where also Oedipus COmplex also occurs.

The story starts with Baron takes reside in the hotel and since his a man eho loves company he looks through the list of guest in the hotel and since he didn’t know of them he felt disappointed

Why did I come? he began to ask himself restlessly. Staying up

here in the mountains alone, without congenial companions, why, it’s worse than being at the office.

I’m obviously either too early or too late in the season. I’m always out of luck with my holidays; I never find anyone I know among the other guests

And in his depressed he starts to loiter around the hotel and wastes his time looking vaguely through Newspapers  or windows.

The Baron’s gloomy face had suddenly brightened. Deep down, his nerves were at work

invigorating it, smoothing out lines, tensing muscles, while he sat up very straight and a sparkle came

into his eyes. He himself was not unlike those women who need the presence of a man if they are to

exert their whole power. Only sensuous attraction could stimulate his energy to its full force

Here comes Mathilda and her son Edgar who had come to the hotel in order for  convalescence.

she was a type he liked very much, one of those

rather voluptuous Jewish women just before the age of over-maturity, and obviously passionate, but

with enough experience to conceal her temperament behind a façade of Melancholy

And since the Women refuses to respond back to his advances or glances he tries to use her son as messanger to win her heart.

He didn’t have to life a finger to

decrease the distance between himself and the fair unknown, he could dream happily now as he

looked at the landscape, for he knew that a pair of hot, childish hands was building him a bridge to

her heart.

What happens after that is the Baron use of the boy’s innocense and ignorance and he uses many subtle ways in order for that bridge to reach her hear.

What happens when the boy discovares that the Baron interest in him was not genuine and what he also said to him was not true and that since he was  boy of 12 years he hated being treated like  a child and  tried to be treated like a grown up but the last two chapter was the most moving part of the novel and and it moves your heart

If i tried more the book it would b disservice o you reader of this and nothing beats the cozy and personal reading of a book and i will leave with last paragraph of the novel to convince to read it or reread it

When she drew back her hand from him, her lips left his, and her quiet figure went away, skirts

rustling, a warmth was left behind, breathing softly over his lips. And he sensed a sweet longing to

feel such soft lips many times again, and be so tenderly embraced, but this mysterious anticipation of

the secret he longed to know was already clouded by the shadows of sleep. Once again all the images

of the last few hours passed vividly through his mind, once again the book of his youth opened

enticingly. Then the child fell asleep and began to dream the deeper dream of his own life.

How childhood was pretty and how grown up life is really ugly

highly recommended  Novel


  1. What an interesting introduction! I’ve always believed that readers are less likely to get stuck in one set of beliefs because books allow us to see into other people’s lives. And usually we discover then that we’re not as different as we might have thought… 😀

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      1. Amen to that. We can all get stuck reading just “opinions” that foster our own non tried opinions too. A varied book diet, plus books that offer ideas, -versus opinions, could be the corrective we all need to our temptation to be radicals on any side of the conflicts that plague mankind, (and there’s so many of those!) It’s great to read you got out of your shell, and into this rich world of ideas.

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      2. Thanks a lot Silvia one thing books helped me is to move away from comfort zone and to try to see from the other side, and one thing i learned from my reading is never be rigid in my beliefs and always try to see how the other person see.
        am really happy i get out of my shell also thanks for passing by Silvia


      3. I too share your experience with books, they are great correcting our biases. I’m glad I found you at Goodreads and WordPress. I have your first recommend book already in my kindle. I started a couple of pages, it’s going to be a great read.

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    1. thanks a lot Lisa your words means alot to me
      books more than internet or movies are the best bridges between cultures and if you were able to read books from other countries i believe there will be a less misunderstanding in the world

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  2. PS Could I ask you to please add a Subscribe by Email widget to your blog? That way I could get notifications every time you write something new. Thanks.
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  3. PS I see you have added categories now, as well as tags, that’s great it makes it easier for your readers to find posts about particular things. Do you know the quick way to add categories to posts in your archive? Do to WPadmin *at the bottom of the menu* then click on posts. (This is important, if you just click on Posts from the menu, you won’t get the same options or screen). Choose Categories and use Add New to add whatever you like. Then go back to Posts and choose All Posts. Then you will get a screen listing all your posts and if you hover underneath each title there is the option to Edit, Quick edit, Trash or View. Choose Quick Edit, and then you can just tick the category you like (and also edit your tags as well if you want to).
    Happy blogging!

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  4. The best books and authors can be life-changing and I definitely believe that Zweig is one of those authors. I’d recommend his short story Buchmendel – a powerful work which shows the effects of intolerance and inhumanity. Zweig is an amazing writer.

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    1. books can be life changing and where i live which is intolerant in many aspects but nowdays my worldview is changing quite a lot thanks to books i read.
      thanks for your recommendation, i discovared a lot of great books thanks to your blog

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