By Stefan Zweig
Édition enrichie de Jean-Pierre Lefebvre comportant une préface et un file sur le roman.
Un médecin colonial, qui se morfond dans un village de Malaisie, se prend de ardour pour une femme de los angeles bourgeoisie, hautaine et froide, venue lui demander de l'aider à avorter. Il l. a. désire et l. a. rejette, violemment. Il los angeles fait chanter... Cette rencontre déclenche en lui une fureur destructrice : l'amok.
Dans cette nouvelle parue en 1922, Zweig exhibe toutes les pulsions d'ordinaire refoulées – ardour morbide, masochisme, égoïsme et orgueil – en parlant de sexualité de manière étonnamment clinique. Il dénonce ainsi le malaise dans los angeles société occidentale, le moralisme qui asservit les hommes comme les femmes.
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The source material he gleaned from European travel narratives and early colonial histories would give his manuscript a verisimilitude that added to its popularity. This air of realism was heightened by a promotional stunt Irving pulled off with the help of Henry Brevoort and James Kirke Paulding. In the weeks prior to publication, he published a report in the New York Evening Post that an elderly gentleman by the name of Knickerbocker had wandered off from his lodgings without paying his rent, leaving behind only a collection of papers in manuscript.
In retrospect, the scene seemed prophetic. Later in life, after having established a reputation as the first American man of letters, Irving recalled in an interview how Washington 舠laid his hand upon my head, and gave me his blessing舡 (Williams, The Life of Washington Irving, vol. 1, p. 10; see 舠For Further Reading舡). Three generations after the Revolutionary War, George Washington was revered as the father of our country. Irving likewise was recognized as a founding father of America舗s national literature.