Beware of Pity

ISBN-10: 1590172000
ISBN-13: 9781590172001
Edition: 2006
List price: $17.95
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Description: "Stefan Zweig was a dark and unorthodox artist; it's good to have him back."--Salman rushdie The great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was a master anatomist of the deceitful heart, and Beware of Pity, the only novel he published during his lifetime,  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 6/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"Stefan Zweig was a dark and unorthodox artist; it's good to have him back."--Salman rushdie The great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was a master anatomist of the deceitful heart, and Beware of Pity, the only novel he published during his lifetime, uncovers the seed of selfishness within even the finest of feelings. Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer stationed at the edge of the empire, is invited to a party at the home of a rich local landowner, a world away from the dreary routine of the barracks. The surroundings are glamorous, wine flows freely, and the exhilarated young Hofmiller asks his host's lovely daughter for a dance, only to discover that sickness has left her painfully crippled. It is a minor blunder that will destroy his life, as pity and guilt gradually implicate him in a well-meaning but tragically wrongheaded plot to restore the unhappy invalid to health.

Born in Vienna, the prolific Zweig was a poet in his early years. In the 1920s, he achieved fame with the many biographies he wrote of famous people including Balzac, Dostoevsky, Dickens and Freud. Erasmus with whom he closely identified, was the subject of a longer biography. He also wrote the novellas Amok (1922) and The Royal Game (1944). As Nazism spread, Zweig, a Jew, fled to the United States and then to Brazil. He hoped to start a new life there, but the haunting memory of Nazism, still undefeated, proved too much for him. He died with his wife in a suicide pact.

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