By Stefan Zweig

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

"Stefan Zweig used to be a depressing and unorthodox artist; you'll want to have him back."--Salman Rushdie

The nice Austrian author Stefan Zweig used to be 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 of 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 wonderful daughter for a dance, simply to find that disorder has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that would damage his lifestyles, 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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However, as we now became off in the direction of the barracks — we had reached the city in an extremely couple of minutes — I knocked at the glass partition and begged the chauffeur to forestall while he reached the Rathausplatz. greater no longer force prior the barracks in Kekesfalva’s stylish coupé, i assumed. I knew it didn’t glance good for a subaltern to come back rolling up like a Grand Duke in a complicated vehicle and be assisted out of it via a chauffeur in livery. that sort of revealing off was once no longer looked with favour through the bigwigs, and my very own intuition, in addition to, had lengthy instructed me to combine my worlds as low as attainable — the posh global of the Kekesfalvas the place i used to be a loose guy, self sustaining, pampered, and the opposite global, the area of responsibility, during which I needed to maintain my position, within which i used to be a bad satan who felt himself fortunate if the month had thirty rather than thirty-one days. with out my figuring out it, one facet of me used to be reluctant to have something to do with the opposite; occasionally i used to be not in a position to make a decision who used to be the true Toni Hofmiller, the one that was once a trifling subaltern or the person who spent his time on the Kekesfalvas’. The chauffeur drew up obediently within the Rathausplatz, streets clear of the barracks. I obtained out, grew to become up my collar and used to be approximately to stroll quickly around the large sq.. yet simply at that second the typhoon burst forth with redoubled fury, and the wind rained rainy blows complete in my face. higher, as a result, to attend a couple of minutes within the safeguard of a house-door sooner than operating around the streets to the barracks. Or, to ensure, the café used to be nonetheless open and that i may take a seat there in defense till the heavens had emptied the contents in their greatest watering-can. The café used to be basically six doorways away, and lo and behold, in the back of the dripping window-panes there has been nonetheless a glimmer of gas-light! maybe a few of my comrades have been nonetheless squatting around our desk; it might be a fantastic chance to set issues correct, for it used to be excessive time I installed an visual appeal back. the day prior to this, the day earlier than the day gone by, the complete of this week and final week I had absented myself. fairly, that they had each cause to be bored stiff with me, for no matter if one is fickle, one may still at the least realize the formalities. I opened the door. within the entrance 1/2 the café the lighting fixtures have been already extinguished for purposes of financial system, newspapers have been mendacity approximately everywhere, and Eugen, the top waiter, used to be counting the takings. merely within the billiard-room on the again might I nonetheless see a gentle and the glimmer of polished uniform buttons. sure, by means of Jove, there they nonetheless have been, these eternal tarock avid gamers, Jozsi, Ferencz, and Goldbaum, the regimental health professional. obviously they'd lengthy given that entire their video game, and have been basically lolling approximately in that widely used country of café inertia during which one is afraid to make a circulate; and so it was once a typical godsend for them that my arrival may still holiday in upon their boredom and lethargy. ‘Hallo ... here’s Toni! ’ introduced Ferencz to the others, and, ‘What an honour for our lowly living! ’ exclaimed the regimental healthcare professional, who, as we used to chaff him, suffered from citation diarrhoea.

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