Sala Beckett stages “Una hora en la vida de Stefan Zweig”, from December 17 to January 10
The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was an enormously popular author of his time, and retains its appeal even today. His essays, novels and biographical texts reach across generations thanks to his delicate descriptions of emotions and fine narrative style. Hence, many readers still enjoy books like Impatience of the heart, The World of Yesterday and Letter from an Unknown Woman, among many others.
Zweig committed suicide on the afternoon of February 22, 1942, in his Brazilian exile, accompanied by his second wife and secretary, Lotte Altmann, 25 years younger than him. Una hora en la vida de Stefan Zweig (An hour in the life of Stefan Zweig) recreates in a fiction key the last hours of the writer.
The author of the work, the young Antonio Tabares, is not to influence the reasons that led the writer to suicide, that are likely the loss of his universe of spirituality, but in the attitude with which he faced his final moments.
With direction by the Catalan Sergi Belbel, Una hora en la vida de Stefan Zweig delves into the details of the suicide of the Zweig marriage, an calculated and meticulously prepared act.
While the writer and his wife take care of all the details prior to the fateful moment, a Jewish exile, returned from Europe, presents at home. Who is this strange and unwelcome visitor? Is he really Jewish, or an agent in the service of the Nazis? And why does he show so much interest in a sheet of William Blake that belonged for years to Stefan Zweig?
Una hora en la vida de Stefan Zweig
When: December 17, 2015 a January 10, 2016
Where: Sala Beckett
Price: from 10 €
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