Beware of Pity (New York Review Books Classics)

By Stefan Zweig

Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig:  "I had by no means heard of Zweig...when I simply kind of accidentally acquired a duplicate of Beware of Pity. I enjoyed this first book.  I additionally learn the The Post-Office GirlThe Grand Budapest Hotel has parts that have been kind of stolen from either those books. characters in our tale are vaguely intended to signify Zweig himself — our “Author” personality, performed through Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised model of himself, performed via Jude legislations. yet, actually, M. Gustave, the most personality who's performed via Ralph Fiennes, is modelled considerably on Zweig as well."

"Stefan Zweig used to be a dismal and unorthodox artist; you should have him back."--Salman Rushdie

The nice Austrian author Stefan Zweig was once a grasp anatomist of the deceitful center, and watch out for Pity, the single novel he released in the course of his lifetime, uncovers the seed of selfishness inside even the best of feelings.

Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer stationed on the fringe of the empire, is invited to a celebration on the domestic of a wealthy neighborhood landowner, a global clear of the dreary regimen of the barracks. the environment are glamorous, wine flows freely, and the exhilarated younger Hofmiller asks his host's attractive daughter for a dance, simply to find that illness has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that would wreck his existence, as pity and guilt progressively implicate him in a well-meaning yet tragically wrongheaded plot to revive the sad invalid to health.

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She became to me nearly cordially. ‘What a pity you won’t have supper with us, Herr Leutnant! yet i am hoping you’ll come all over again. ’ She stretched out her hand in the direction of me, a fragile, narrow, a bit pale and wrinkled hand, and that i kissed it respectfully. And with a real feeling of reverence I watched Condor carefully steerage the blind girl in the direction of the door, skilfully combating her from knocking into something both to left or correct; it used to be as if he have been protecting anything infinitely fragile and priceless in his arms.

In basic terms the lamp at the table shed a dim cone of sunshine from underneath its yellowish color. ‘Damnation take it! One’s obtained to regard you love a sufferer. There — sit quietly; way more severe concerns were mentioned in that chair. ’ He got here in the direction of me. ‘Now don’t paintings your self up, and please — quietly, slowly, something at a time. to begin with: listed below are you groaning, “I can’t undergo it! ” yet that doesn’t inform me sufficient. i need to understand what it really is you can’t undergo? what's it you discover so frightening in regards to the undeniable fact that this bad baby has fallen madly in love with you?

It has to be she, it will probably in simple terms be she, this girl who stood there at the back of the crack of the door and wondered, and but couldn't see me. I stared challenging within the attempt to soak up her shadow within the darkness, and finally I wonderful a skinny girl in a flowing dressing-gown, with gray, slightly untidy hair. stable God, may possibly this unattractive, undeniable girl be his spouse! terrible to suppose oneself being stared at by means of these sightless orbs and to grasp that one used to be no longer visible! whilst i'll inform from the best way she craned her neck to pay attention that she was once straining all her senses to shape an image of the stranger during this room which it used to be past her strength to absorb.

Obviously as I had bent all the way down to holiday Edith’s fall, the contents of 1 of the tea-cups that she had introduced down together with her have been dissatisfied over me, for Josef used to be rubbing and dabbing away all around the rainy patches. As he knelt there I gazed down at his sturdy previous gray head with its devoted parting, and that i couldn't rid myself of the suspicion that the previous fellow used to be purposely ducking his head in order that I aren't seize a glimpse of his dismayed face and his afflicted eyes. ‘No, it’s no good,’ he stated unfortunately ultimately, with no elevating his head.

Has positioned her to mattress. yet Fräulein Ilona needs me to assert she is going to be coming presently, and begs the Herr Leutnant to ensure to attend for her. ’ regardless of myself i used to be profoundly moved. How all of them enjoyed this invalid lady! How all of them loved her and made excuses for her! I felt an impossible to resist urge to claim anything reassuring to this stable outdated guy who, abashed at his personal bold, used to be busily and ostentatiously dabbing away back at my tunic; and so I patted him lightly at the shoulder. ‘Let it's, my pricey Josef, it doesn’t subject!

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