Beware of Pity

by Stefan Zweig


Published 3rd August 2023



The only novel written by one of the most popular authors of the twentieth century, translated by the award-winning Anthea Bell

In 1913 young second lieutenant Hofmiller discovers the terrible danger of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance – so begins a series of visits, motivated by pity, which relieves his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope.

Stefan Zweig’s only novel is a devastating depiction of the betrayal of both honour and love, realised against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Weight 0.3 kg

Translated by Anthea Bell

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