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By George Prochnik, Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell

An NYRB Classics Original

Stefan Zweig used to be rather interested in the novella, and Confusion, a rigorous and but transporting dramatization of the clash among the guts and the brain, is between his ideal achievements within the form.

A younger guy who's quickly going to the canines in Berlin is packed off via his father to a school in a sleepy provincial city. There an excellent lecture awakens in him a wild ardour for learning--as good as a especially extreme fascination with the graying professor who gave the controversy. the coed grows with regards to the professor, be­coming a standard customer to the residence he stocks together with his a lot more youthful spouse. he is taking it upon himself to induce his instructor to complete the good paintings of scholarship that he has been laboring at for years or even deals to assist him whatsoever he can. The professor welcomes the younger man's attentions, a minimum of on a few days. On others, he rages with out obvious cause or turns clear of his disciple with chilly scorn. The younger guy is baffled, wounded. He can't understand.

But the spouse is aware. She is familiar with completely. And a method or one other she is going to aid him to appreciate too.

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