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You should begin by hearing the language in the mouths of the poets who create and perfect it, you must have felt poetry warm and alive in your hearts before we start anatomizing it.How similar are we to those we teach, to those from whom we learn This is the exploration For when we reflect upon our lives, which one of our influencers will we find we ve become And at some point in our youthful, confused naivet , what could we have overlookedAnd so I, who have spent a lifetime depicting hu You should begin by hearing the language in the mouths of the poets who create and perfect it, you must have felt poetry warm and alive in your hearts before we start anatomizing it.How similar are we to those we teach, to those from whom we learn This is the exploration For when we reflect upon our lives, which one of our influencers will we find we ve become And at some point in our youthful, confused naivet , what could we have overlookedAnd so I, who have spent a lifetime depicting human beings in the light of their work, portraying the intrinsic intellectual structure of their worlds, was made aware again from my own experience of the impenetrability in every human life of the true core of its being, the malleable cell from which all growth proceeds There are some writers who pull off lofty styled prose without seeming trite Zweig is such a writer His elevated sentences reach for heights of consciousness and discovery with such jolting sprawl that his character and reader become one journeying individual In this world of either short stories or novels, it is not too often the novella form reaches such perfection that its label becomes dispensable and all I see are superbly formed black words across fewer white pages Zweig s novella exudes reflective intellectualism, evenso than his Journey into the Past, although I still think Journey could be my favorite Confusion is an exemplification of a young scholar s whim, a culmination of his or her affinity for the eloquence of spoken word In some ways it reminded me of my collegiate self, a student who basked in the words of my most brilliant professors, basked in the idea of a world that reached into and stretched out of books what Latin scholars call a raptus, when one is taken right out of oneself.Still, I m still not sure one would relish story as one would in Stoner, for example And if one did not like the narrative voice in Stoner, one wouldn t care for the one in this book either For one thing, Roland, the narrator, remembers his reclusive professor mentor from a removed distance Sure, Roland s passions for his studies are vibrantly portrayed his aloof and scholastic teacher imagined through imagery and his confusion surrounding his professor and his professor s wife elucidated Yet the narrative voice is flat Perhaps intentionally Although the suspenseful plot is structured and arced in a way that creates much page turning dazzle, it is still flawed Flawed in its allusion to what the reader already senses and to what, therefore, is no surprise later However, where voice or suspense falters, style soars By style I don t mean prose style alone, but a structure that parallels prose modern, yet timeless art that illumines the ebb of the Shakespearean romance and the flow of passion, while also calibrating philosophical thought Here, confusion becomes sexual, intellectual, philosophical, and allegorical And this is what Zweig does cleverly create a deceptively simple, yet nuanced story We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil Said something like oh man that s awesome when I finished owingto the final half page chapter than the entire novella but still I ll rate it 4.25 stars rounded down since it sometimes felt melodramatic, sensationalist, hysterical a review on here calls Zweig a watered down Proust or Stendhal but that doesn t hold water for me since the passionate tilt a whirl overwrought feints and parries in the French biggies are pronounced and dramatized ad nauseum whereas here they re glossed over Said something like oh man that s awesome when I finished owingto the final half page chapter than the entire novella but still I ll rate it 4.25 stars rounded down since it sometimes felt melodramatic, sensationalist, hysterical a review on here calls Zweig a watered down Proust or Stendhal but that doesn t hold water for me since the passionate tilt a whirl overwrought feints and parries in the French biggies are pronounced and dramatized ad nauseum whereas here they re glossed over by Zwieg s essayistic instinct, his graceful, flowing summary I can t think of another novella from 1927 in which the narrator admits that he s essentially in love with the mind of a male teacher and that toward the end so explicitly treats of early 1900s gay life in Berlin, particularly derision, oppression, blackmail, unsavory clandestine spasms in alleys etc The love triangle among wife of professor, charismatic professor, and hot young passionate student narrator isn t fleshed out enough Swimming scenes seemed muted, even when a slip of tit made its PG 13 appearance But the prose soars when it s totally platonic and the professor dictates his long repressed work on Shakespeare to the narrator Zweig, becoming a great favorite, excels when describing ecstatic intellectual paroxysms But he s becoming a favoriteso for perfectly phrased insight Although in many ways unlike Musil s The Confusions of Young T rless, which predates this by 21 years, I think it s safe to associate them thanks to the shared academic setting, Confusion in the title, pre Nazi era, and man on man action passion Just finished this little dark gem of a novella about forbidden love and suppressed sexuality Starts slowly and a bit wordy but builds into a moving tale of torturous emotions This is why I wish they had half stars as really it s a 3.5 novella As after a gently paced beginning, which took a little while to get into, it really grips you and forms one of the most vivid depictions of a mans struggle with his sexuality I ve read. We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil.Roland, a well respected, older professor who holds an honored place in the ivory towers of academia, recalls his life as a young student, and his relationship to his own professor and mentor at that time a man whom he admired, obsessed over and wanted to emulate He replays memories of his situation as a university student, having had a horrific grievance with his father, renting We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil.Roland, a well respected, older professor who holds an honored place in the ivory towers of academia, recalls his life as a young student, and his relationship to his own professor and mentor at that time a man whom he admired, obsessed over and wanted to emulate He replays memories of his situation as a university student, having had a horrific grievance with his father, renting a room in his teacher s home and becoming his amanuensis Roland discovers that being in such close proximity to his professor and his wife, deeply checked secrets become increasingly difficult to suppress His confusion is borne from the innocence of a youth whose direction is often ambiguous in the face of inexperience too naive to comprehend a sideways glance too unsophisticated to decipher a muffled conversation or to interpret the slightest change of demeanor This living arrangement becomes one of anxiety, mixed emotions, tension, and misunderstanding What place had I reached I had sensed the secrets quite close, its hot breath already on my face, and now it had retreated again, but its shadow, its silent, opaque shadow still murmured in the air, I felt it as a dangerous presence in the house..While his wife manages the game of secrets with a deft hand, Roland s mentor lives in constant fear of his secret being revealed, especially in a society that keeps the perpetrator s name on a certain list It isn t right, not a young student and his teacher, do you understand One must keep one s distanceSuch restrained passions do not fit comfortably in the conventional form of the period, and must be kept hushed up, closeted, hidden behind closed doors The relationships between the three feverishly entangle into a discombobulated love triangle It will soon be cleared up because I m not letting him play with you and confuse you like that any There must be an end to all this He must finally learn to control himself You re too good for his dangerous games.Zweig takes the reader into a turbulence of high strung emotions, as crossed messages become haphazardly layered one on top the other He portrays Roland s fiery confusion as a pathogen, taking over the thoughts of one person who spreads its virulent toxins to the other Nothing however isarousing and intriguing to a young man than a teasing set of vague suspicions the imagination usually wandering idly finds its quarry suddenly revealed to it, and is immediately agog with the newly discovered pleasure of the chase.Confusion s plot isn t a contemporary one outlooks have changed since the period this story was set and by today s standards, it is basically nothing to be shocked by For that reason, it wouldn t completely excite the reader However, it is another wonderful gem from Zweig s observations into human affects and relationships It may be a bit disorienting and frenzied, but that was the whole purpose Here s a little reggae ditty We all got something to hide,We re all livin a lieWhat goes on behind closed doors Nobody knows, nobody knows for sure by Lionize read 2012Re read April 18th, 2014 Confusion is about a university student who goes from party monster to serious student, becoming obsessed with his charismatic literature teacher who has a dark secret The two become close as the student helps the teacher write a book on Elizabethan theatre and then things happen Confusion is it for me and Stefan Zweig Chess was a fine novella but everything I ve read since has been mediocre to outright terrible Confusion is firmly in the latter It s a self consciously literary work Confusion is about a university student who goes from party monster to serious student, becoming obsessed with his charismatic literature teacher who has a dark secret The two become close as the student helps the teacher write a book on Elizabethan theatre and then things happen Confusion is it for me and Stefan Zweig Chess was a fine novella but everything I ve read since has been mediocre to outright terrible Confusion is firmly in the latter It s a self consciously literary work which, like all similar books, has some finely worded sentences none of which say anything Zweig relies entirely upon his narrator being utterly na ve to what his infatuation with the teacher signals and what the teacher s behaviour towards him means, which is an infuriating conceit because it s so obvious what s happening and the reader has to watch the predictable, overwrought melodrama play out exactly so at a tedious pace There are pages and pages of useless blither about the wonders of academia and the life of the mind, none of which convinces as to their merits or entertains in the least Zweig is not the sort of writer who tells stories heavy on plot, instead focusing on the emotional inner lives of his narrators, particularly Confusion s which is odd because his stories are never in the least emotionally affecting, for me anyway, as too often the reader is told to feel a certain way rather than believe or experience it themselves through the prose A hinted at subtext to the piece seems to indicate that repressed sexual nature can lead to needless misery and suffering, which is certainly seen in the story and I expect is a truism as well but it doesn t feel like that is Zweig s main intent, nor does it seem that he especially empathises with his characters emotional turmoil It s a passing observation on societal s and nothing else Perhaps the reveal at the end, which anyone could have guessed well before long as Zweig s hints are laughably broad, might ve hadimpact in the 1920s 30s but it s not nearly as explosive today It s taken me nearly half a dozen novellas I never claimed to be quick on the uptake to realise Stefan Zweig isn t much of a writer He can write pretty prose that is as transparent as his subjects and their stories but nothing substantial or memorable Confusion is a contrivance, quasi artfully constructed, with zero emotional heft to it It s also the last thing I ll read by Stefan Zweig for a long time, if not ever again No confusion for me This was simply impressively bloodless, it reminded me a little of Traumnovelle, in that it felt like a book novella long short story whatever, that by a weird twist of fate potentially involving a publisher and a time machine was written in this case I d say forty or fifty years after it might have made most impact view spoiler though that works in the internal timeline of the story hide spoiler , since it appears it was written when it was written though I re No confusion for me This was simply impressively bloodless, it reminded me a little of Traumnovelle, in that it felt like a book novella long short story whatever, that by a weird twist of fate potentially involving a publisher and a time machine was written in this case I d say forty or fifty years after it might have made most impact view spoiler though that works in the internal timeline of the story hide spoiler , since it appears it was written when it was written though I remain open to correction by passing time travellers in 1927.I think if you live somewhere where legally and socially sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage is a thoughtcrime, and particularly if you are unacquainted with cultures with different attitudes, then this story may retain some shock value, otherwise it is a very striking thing, a melodrama lacking in drama, or as I read elsewhere suitable for teenagers of all ages OtherwiseI fear I can hardly say anything for fear of revealing the entire story The obvious point of reference is the 1912 novella by Thomas Mann Death in Venice view spoiler whoops spoiler alert hide spoiler especially since the narrator like Mann himself comes from North Germany, ostensibly the narrator is explaining to the reader how his formal academic achievements explain nothing about him, instead the secret of his rive and the centre of his life can only be explained by events that took place when he was a teenager a young student in Berlin and particularly in G ttingen view spoiler this is a point when it could have been an interesting story, in Berlin the narrator is explicitly sexually predatory, while G ttingen he will be prayed upon, the Tadzio in this story but a far older one, another author could have taken us round the participants, I am thinking of Ford Madox Ford s The Good Soldier and led us into sympathy with the wife in a Lavender marriage, the husband who is obliged to hide his sexuality, the pretty teenager who may or may not be some kind of self portrait by Zweig, inside all we get is the young man s confusion which felt like something from a story about older school children hide spoiler I assume from how it is described I was not convinced, but reading it as a cri du coeur from Zweig about Zweig it is mildly interesting, the narrator s horror of adultery because of the inevitable revelation of the intimate secrets of the other man sounds so singular to me that I wonder if it is Zweig s own feeling and that this is like the narrator and his inspirational professor a case of hiding in plain sight A typical product of its era when the unconscious was only just discovered and writers started introducing characters that were tormented by hidden desires, nervous breakdowns, mental diseases In that sense this novel is a bit outdated The writing is superb, even in translation, with its long flowing sentences The story itself is rather predictable,now than when it was published probably and the subject doesn t shock the reader anyI hope Fortunately Zweig really tries to portr A typical product of its era when the unconscious was only just discovered and writers started introducing characters that were tormented by hidden desires, nervous breakdowns, mental diseases In that sense this novel is a bit outdated The writing is superb, even in translation, with its long flowing sentences The story itself is rather predictable,now than when it was published probably and the subject doesn t shock the reader anyI hope Fortunately Zweig really tries to portray the main character as honestly as was possible then A peculiarity is that in the first chapter the old narrator realizes how limited biographies are as they can never reach into the hidden depths of the subject s soul Is this Zweig speaking, the author of many biographies Zweig in this novel touches the taboo of his time and today Homosexuality.A literature student, Roland, falls in a platonic love with his elderly philology professor at the university The literary paragon s personality diffuses into the blood and heart of Roland This literary conquest is what will change the life of the Roland once and for all He is baptized with religious faith and worship to the elderly man and reads night after day in order to be able to touch the spiritual world and the Zweig in this novel touches the taboo of his time and today Homosexuality.A literature student, Roland, falls in a platonic love with his elderly philology professor at the university The literary paragon s personality diffuses into the blood and heart of Roland This literary conquest is what will change the life of the Roland once and for all He is baptized with religious faith and worship to the elderly man and reads night after day in order to be able to touch the spiritual world and the knowledge of the man who he has become obsessed with.The narration of emotional explosions, events and mental states is masterful.It s hard to describe how capturing it feels to read about the emotions that almost tear the characters in Zweig s book into pieces But it is so incredibly relatable extenuating to descry the very elementary psychological feelings that rage within all of us with different strength.My first ever by Stefan Zweig and I wasn t disappointed at all We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes (KINDLE) Å Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R Von D ⚷ A respected university professor recalls his undergraduate days, and the mercurial and tortured teacher who first awakened in him a wild passion for learning Unstable and intense, the older man fascinates the student, and draws him closer and closer, until their relationship reaches an unexpected and dramatic conclusion A good novella surprisingly generous in its sentiment and with some propulsive, anxious scenes A paragraph toward the end, in particular, is worth clipping But it is impossible to write about Confusion because the whole thing hinges on a secret that dominates most of the action There are two main problems 1 For such a lean thing, exposition overly dominates.2 It has not aged well despite its forward thinking The hints are too broad, the implications too known This isn t Zweig s fault I A good novella surprisingly generous in its sentiment and with some propulsive, anxious scenes A paragraph toward the end, in particular, is worth clipping But it is impossible to write about Confusion because the whole thing hinges on a secret that dominates most of the action There are two main problems 1 For such a lean thing, exposition overly dominates.2 It has not aged well despite its forward thinking The hints are too broad, the implications too known This isn t Zweig s fault I actually think the treatment of the secret is sort of remarkable , but it has a reduced impact on the modern reader.The frame narrative is great albeit abandoned and I was hugely excited until the action settles where it settles I also appreciated the look into 1920s academia But what sets this well behind something like Chess Story is that there is no narrative turn The introduction sells it like something out of a horror movie where the impact is known and anticipated and therefore all thepoignant To which I respond yeah, but