The Post-Office Girl

By Stefan Zweig

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In post-WWI Austria, Christine spends her days working in a post-office. When her wealthy aunt invites her to a Swiss resort, the upper class charms Christine into a life of excess and pleasure. Her aunt’s disapproval, however, quickly sends her back to her previous life with a newfound sense of despair after having tasted the good life. When she meets Ferdinand, a war veteran, the two embark on a haunting quest to try and regain a sense of sweetness. A brilliant piece of writing from the rediscovered novelist.

Great for:

• Classic-lit lovers who have never heard of Stefan Zweig
• A caustic story about the price of privilege
• Anyone in need of some gorgeous writing (however despairing)

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