“Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.”
His first book I read was “The Royal Game”. I remember it like it was yesterday; I was taking a train ride from Sweden to Norway – the trip lasted 7 hours, but it felt like less than 10 minutes. Reading his book was like watching an intense series on Netflix. In fact, it was better. Reading a little bit and then taking a break is something that’s not possible with this story. Word for word – I had to know everything in one go! There was no going around that. In the end, I was left with a thousand and more question marks. “But why? But how? But ….” yeah …. that was pretty much what my brain sounded like when I went off the train and into the station. Ever since then, this book and story has been on my head. It was my first introduction to this incredible Austrian novelist and play writer. I have yet many books of him to read, and I can’t wait to dive into each one. “The World of Yesterday” is also a treat. Thank you Stefan Zweig, for contributing to a huge amount of inspiration to my writing.
Aftur S. Nerdrum