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Amok and Other Stories (Pushkin Collection)

Amok and Other Stories (Pushkin Collection) - Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell Read the novella length Amok as published by itself in a tattered English edition from 1931. (Hooray for university libraries!)

The colonialism and attendant racism age this book but nonetheless underscore what was and wasn't done during a very specific time and place. Also, Zweig hits the notion of "running amok" very heavily and none too subtly. But as the story of a man out of control this still has a certain draw as obsessive passion leads to the downfall of a German doctor serving in Malaysia.

If I didn't tend to be a ratings hardass, this would be 4 stars.