This new selection of novellas, translated by the award-winning Anthea Bell, begins with Did He Do It? A curious whodunit set in England, it nonetheless has the extraordinary psychological insight that typifies Zweigs best work. The Miracles of Life explores the conflicting forces of belief and art, love and obsession, amidst the religious struggles of Renaissance Antwerp. Finally, two Viennese stories, The Governess and Downfall of the Heart are shattering in their portrayal of disillusionmenttwo little girls move from cosy chidlhood to the cold glare of adulthood in a single morning, and a fathers heart breaks irrevocably. Wide-ranging and compelling, this is another brilliant collection of stories from Austria's rediscovered master of twentieth-century European literature.

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