By Stefan Zweig
Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig: "I had by no means heard of Zweig...when I simply kind of by accident received a duplicate of Beware of Pity. I enjoyed this first book. I additionally learn the The Post-Office Girl. The Grand Budapest Hotel has parts that have been kind of stolen from either those books. characters in our tale are vaguely intended to characterize Zweig himself — our “Author” personality, performed by means of Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised model of himself, performed by way of Jude legislation. yet, in reality, M. Gustave, the most personality who's performed by means of Ralph Fiennes, is modelled considerably on Zweig as well."
"Stefan Zweig used to be a depressing and unorthodox artist; you should have him back."--Salman Rushdie
The nice Austrian author Stefan Zweig used to be a grasp anatomist of the deceitful middle, 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, an international clear of the dreary regimen of the barracks. the environment are glamorous, wine flows freely, and the exhilarated younger Hofmiller asks his host's beautiful daughter for a dance, merely to find that affliction has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that may ruin his existence, as pity and guilt steadily implicate him in a well-meaning yet tragically wrongheaded plot to revive the sorrowful invalid to health.
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Curable or incurable, black or white. as if it have been so simple as all that. Even “well” or “ill” are phrases that no self-respecting physician should still utter with a transparent moral sense, for the place does ailment commence and future health finish? And he should still definitely steer clear of such expressions as “curable” and “incurable”! in fact they're quite common, either one of them, and one can’t get alongside in perform with no them. yet you’ll by no means get me to utter the observe “incurable”. by no means! i do know that it really is to the main extraordinary guy of the final century, Nietzsche, that we owe the terrible aphorism: a physician shouldn't ever attempt to medication the incurable. yet that's concerning the so much flawed proposition of the entire paradoxical and hazardous propositions he propounded. the complete opposite is the reality. I hold that it truly is exactly the incurable one may still try and treatment, and, what's extra, that it's only in so-called incurable instances general practitioner indicates his mettle. a physician who from the outset accepts the idea that “incurable” is funking his task, capitulating prior to the conflict starts. after all i do know that it truly is more uncomplicated, simpler, to pronounce definite instances “incurable” and, after pocketing one’s price, to show one’s again on them with a sigh of resignation — certainly, tremendous handy and ecocnomic to difficulty oneself completely with these instances which have been proven to be curable, during which you may take place web page so-and-so of the clinical text-book and locate the full therapy set out for one in black and white. Ah good, those who care to can cross in for that sort of witch-doctoring. As for me, it kind of feels to me as pitiable a specific thing as though a author have been purely to aim to assert what had already been stated, rather than attempting to strength into the medium of the spoken note the unsaid, nay, the unsayable; as if a thinker have been to expatiate for the ninety-ninth time on what has lengthy been identified rather than tackling the unknown, the unknowable. Incurable — that's, in any case, just a relative, now not an absolute, notion. For a innovative technological know-how equivalent to medication incurable situations are just so at the moment, in the time-limits of our personal age, in the compass of our current wisdom, that's to claim, in the limits of our limited standpoint. yet it’s no longer a query simply of the instant. In countless numbers of situations the place this present day we all know of no healing, the next day to come, the day after, a treatment will be stumbled on, for clinical technology is, finally, making large strides. So for me, you notice, i might have you ever notice’ — he acknowledged this irritably, as if I had indignant him — ‘there aren't any incurable health problems. On precept, I by no means supply a case or a sufferer up, and not anyone will ever wring from me the observe “incurable”. the maximum that i might say within the such a lot determined case will be that an affliction used to be “not but curable”, that's to assert, that modern technological know-how had no longer but stumbled on a medication for it. ’ Condor used to be striding alongside so vigorously that I had a few hassle in maintaining with him. all of sudden he bogged down his speed. ‘It should be that i'm expressing myself in too advanced, too summary phrases.