The Post Office Girl

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The Post Office Girl
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Author Stefan Zweig
Original title Rausch der Verwandlung
Translator Joel Rotenberg
Country Germany
Language German
Publisher S. Fischer Verlag
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 328
ISBN 3-10-097054-3

The Post Office Girl (German: Rausch der Verwandlung, which roughly means The Intoxication of Transformation) is a novel by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It tells the story of Christine Hoflehner, a female post-office clerk in poverty-stricken Vienna, Austria-Hungary, following World War I. The book was published posthumously in 1982.


Lorna Bradbury of The Daily Telegraph wrote in 2009: "The Post Office Girl is a fine novel – and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist. It is a powerful social history, describing in moving detail the social impact of the First World War, and the extreme poverty in which so many people were forced to live. ... Zweig succeeded in taking the most complex concepts of psychoanalysis and bringing them vividly to life."[1] John Banville reviewed the book in The Guardian: "The Post Office Girl is fierce, sad, moving and, ultimately, frightening. True, it is over-written - Simenon would have done it better, in half the space - but it is also hypnotic in its downward spiral into tragedy."[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Wes Anderson admitted to basing The Grand Budapest Hotel on The Post Office Girl and Beware of Pity.[3]

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