Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman (Stefan Zweig)

Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman is a living example of how an author can convey emotions in just a few words. Literature is full of great works that are not long. Stefan Zweig makes this clear in his Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman. Just over a hundred pages were enough for the author to describe with great skill the passions that bind us, that tie us down, that make us slaves. Review of the book Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig, a work that will not leave you indifferent.

Stefan Zweig analyses the passion of a woman

Do you not find it odious, despicable, that a woman should abandon her husband and her two daughters to follow a man of whom she knows nothing, not even whether he is worthy of her love? Can you really excuse such foolish and light-hearted behaviour in a woman who, moreover, is no longer a young girl and who, even out of love for her daughters, should have cared for her own dignity? This is the question Stefan Zweig raises in Twenty-four Hours in a Woman’s Life. Is it permissible for a woman to leave her husband? Is it permissible for her not to behave as she should according to the standards imposed on her by the society in which she lives? Which is braver: to be carried away by the passion she feels or to sacrifice her happiness for the good of others?.

Stefan Zweig subjects the protagonist of his novel to lawful criticism and, without judging, just presenting the facts, portrays how vulnerable a person’s will can be in scenarios we would never think of facing. With a brilliant and agile pen, with an unquestionable literary talent, in a few pages but, at the same time, with meticulous and detailed descriptions, Zweig is able to elaborate a story of great literary quality. The author is able to portray the psychology of the characters in a fascinating way and in just a few lines.

Twenty-four hours in the life of a woman by Stefan Zweig: a moving story that deals with feelings in a masterly way

portada del libro veinticuatro horas en la vida de una mujer

Stefan Zweig’s Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman is an intense, warm and passionate story that is excellent from beginning to end. The author puts a woman’s passion to the test, or rather, he makes the reader do so. Intriguing, deeply prose, sweet and bitter, a must in any library and an excellent work for an introduction to Zweig’s narrative. Written in 1927, it has been made into a film five times (1931, 1944, 1952, 1968 and 2002).

Women and their rights

Stefan Zweig poses a completely timeless question. The eternal moral dilemma: do we allow ourselves to be driven by our passions? Ultimately, a woman’s right to decide. Women are almost always judged, subjugated to the morals of the time. Because would it have been so scandalous if the protagonist had been a man, would he be questioned so much for abandoning his family out of passion, would his age be questioned in the same way, would we see it as something more plausible, would we see it as something more plausible? Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman is an excellent reflection on the role of women in society in general and in the family in particular. A masterpiece. Absolutely recommendable.

About the author

Stefan Zweig (Vienna, 1881-Petropolis, Brazil, 1942) was an enormously popular writer, both as an essayist and biographer and as a novelist. He grew up in a wealthy Jewish family and received a formidable education, earning a doctorate in philosophy in 1904. Cuerdas de plata, Carta de una desconocida, Momentos estelares de la Humanidad, El mundo de ayer and Novela de Ajedrez are some of the author’s works


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