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Brennendes Geheimnis

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"Brennendes Geheimnis" by Stefan Zweig is a compelling novella that explores the themes of passion, desire, and the complexity of human relationships. The story follows a young boy named Edgar who becomes infatuated with a beautiful, older woman during a summer vacation on the coast of Italy. As their relationship deepens, secrets and emotions begin to unravel, leading to a climax that challenges societal expectations and morality.

Zweig's prose is elegant and evocative, drawing the reader into the vivid world of Edgar and the mysterious woman. The characters are well-developed and the dynamics between them are portrayed with nuance and subtlety. The author does a masterful job of exploring the intricacies of desire and the consequences of following one's heart, even when it leads to unexpected and potentially dangerous places.

Overall, "Brennendes Geheimnis" is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged read that will resonate with readers who enjoy literary fiction that delves into the complexities of human nature. I highly recommend this novella for anyone looking for a captivating and introspective story that lingers in the mind long after the final page.

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Während der Sommerfrische mit seiner Mutter am Semmering, freundet sich der 12-jährige Edgar mit einem im selben Hotel verweilenden Baron an. Dieser ist jedoch nicht an ihm, sondern nur an seiner Mutter interessiert. Edgar versucht mit allen Mitteln eine Freundschaft zwischen dem Baron und seiner Mutter zu sabotieren (ohne wirklich zu begreifen, was vor sich geht). Verzweifelt bemüht er sich schnellstmöglich erwachsen zu werden, doch muss er bald einsehen, dass das Erwachsensein nicht so einfach ist, wie er glaubt.

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