By Stefan Zweig
Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig: "I had by no means heard of Zweig...when I simply kind of accidentally 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 components that have been type of stolen from either those books. characters in our tale are vaguely intended to characterize Zweig himself — our “Author” personality, performed by way of Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised model of himself, performed by means of Jude legislations. yet, actually, M. Gustave, the most personality who's performed via Ralph Fiennes, is modelled considerably on Zweig as well."
"Stefan Zweig was once a dismal and unorthodox artist; you 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 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 gorgeous daughter for a dance, purely to find that illness has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that might wreck his existence, as pity and guilt steadily implicate him in a well-meaning yet tragically wrongheaded plot to revive the sorrowful invalid to health.