A new pocket edition of this Conradian tale of maddening desire, from the master of the novella
On a sweltering ocean-liner travelling from India to Europe a passenger tells his story: the tale of a doctor in the Dutch East Indies torn between his duty and the pull of his emotions; a tale of power and desire, pride and shame and a headlong flight into folly.
This is one the most intense and incisive of the novellas which brought Stefan Zweig to worldwide fame.
Praise for Amok
'I can't think of a writer who is more successful at depicting amour fou - what one critic describes as "sex and madness breaking through the lacquered screen of upper-bourgeois society"- nowhere more grippingly than in Amok in which a doctor, a Conradesque loner, is tipped into "a sort of human rabies" by an unattainable colonial wife.' - Julie Kavanagh, Economist Intelligent Life
'To read Zweig is to be in the presence of a properly mature writer, for all that his characters are often in the grip of highly inappropriate desires. (...) These are unforgettable stories, beautifully translated. Anthea Bell is a first-rate translator; she brings out the humour as well as the anguish that make Zweig's work so sympathetically acute.' - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian