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Burning Secret

Burning Secret

Burning Secret

By Stefan Zweig
Translated by Anthea Bell

“[Burning Secret is] a devastatingly accurate picture of childhood on the cusp of adolescent disillusion.”—Gary Indiana, Bookforum

“Breathtaking…the final sentence is unlike anything I have ever read before; and transforms not only the book, but, in a way, the reader as well.”—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“Zweig is the most adult of writers; civilised, urbane, but never jaded or cynical; a realist who none the less believed in the possibility—the necessity—of empathy.”—The Independent

A suave baron takes a fancy to twelve-year-old Edgar's mother, while the three are holidaying in an Austrian mountain resort. His initial advances rejected, the baron befriends Edgar in order to get closer to the woman he desires. The initially unsuspecting child soon senses something is amiss, but has no idea of the burning secret that is driving the affair, and that will soon change his life for ever.

160 pages
Pushkin Press; Reissue Edition, 2018
Originally published in 1913
5.1 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
ISBN 9781782274520

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