This little book contains two stories by Stefan Zweig, a 20th-century German author I'm very pleased to have discovered. The first story, "Twilight," is an imagining of the real-life downfall of Madame de Prie, a lady-in-waiting at Versailles, after the king banishes her from court. In the second, "Moonbeam Alley," a traveler is drawn into the tragic lives of a couple he meets in a tavern in the waterfront district of a foreign city.
The stories are strongly reminiscent of Isak Dinesen's stories--moody, old-Europe settings and tales-within-tales wherein the main character meets someone who ends up revealing his life story. Loved these.