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Beware of Pity

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  2,477 ratings  ·  255 reviews
In 1913, a young second lieutenant discovers the terrible dangers of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance-his compensatory afternoon calls relieve his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope. Stefan Zweig's only novel is a devastatingly unindulgent portrayal of the torment of the betrayal of both honor and love, realized against the back ...more
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Published January 1st 2004 by Pushkin Press (first published 1938)
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sckenda

"Only a moment ago you felt free, you belonged to yourself and were in debt to no one, and now suddenly you find yourself pursued, hemmed in, prey and object of the unwelcome desires of another. Shaken to the depths of your soul."

A soldier becomes entangled in the world of an heiress, whom the translator describes as "crippled." The Austro-Hungarian soldier has no physical desire for this woman nor does he want her money (not wishing to be seen as a "sponge" or a "kept man" to his army comrades)
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David
Disclaimer: Despite whatever I say in the following review, and no matter how much I mock Beware of Pity, I did actually enjoy it. To a limited extent.

Stefan Zweig is an enormous drama queen. Every emotion in his novel Beware of Pity is hyperbolic, neon-lit, hammy. His narrator doesn't feel anything as prosaic as mere mere joy. No way. He's more apt to be 'blithe as a twittering bird.' People aren't only surprised; their faces turn white as a specter, their legs threaten to give way, and their w
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Dolors
May 14, 2014 Dolors rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those not afraid of being found out
Pity. It had never dawned upon me what a double-edged feeling pity is. Neither had I dwelled for long on the ramifying consequences of actions triggered by that feeling. Compassion, generosity and benignity are considered virtues promoted by years of religious heritage and have therefore been imprinted on mankind’s consciousness from the beginning of times, but the mental processes and the tapestry of neuronal connections that generate good deeds are as inscrutable as the mosaic of celestial bod ...more
Tony
May 18, 2014 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tony by: Janet
My friend and I both pity the homeless, but I prefer to do it from a distance. My friend isn't like that. He likes to put money in cup. Through the years, his insistence on an actual physical exchange has grown exponentially. It was one thing to raise the gift from $1 to $2 to $5 and then $10. But then even that changed. We drifted apart and then slowly saw each other again. Walking back to our jobs after lunch after renewing our friendship we passed a homeless man that we had passed many times ...more
Hani
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كم مرة قرأتُ كتابا وانتابني ذلك الإحساس أو الشعور الخفي, الجميل, بالإمتنان لمؤلفه لأنه فتح لي بابا من الفكر أو المشاعر أو التجارب أو أو... لم يسبق لي وأن دلفته من قبل؟ مرات ومرات.
كم مرة قرأتُ كتابا وانتابني شعور أشد عمقا من الشعور والإحساس السابق, لا لأنه سمح لي بالدخول إلى عوالم لم أدخلها من قبل, بل لأنه دلف إلى عوالمي أنا الشخصية؛ فرأى مني ورأيتُ منه ما تشابهت معه -أو تماثلت- رؤانا أو مشاعرنا أو أفكارنا أو تجاربنا أو أو أو... فكان بهذا التماثل أو ذاك التش
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Chuck LoPresti
Beware of Pity is not going to please anybody that isn't willing to tolerate some anachronistic histrionics in the process of telling a pretty engaging story. The plot is fairly simple: an officer can't stand to offend so he allows himself to be manipulated by a family in need of a love-object/hero to save their invalid daughter. That alone would hardly merit 4 stars but Zweig is a great story teller and what is most important here is the psychological insights of a friend of Freud. Stepping ins ...more
Oscar
Leer a Zweig siempre me produce una sensación catártica. Su manera de escribir es tan cristalina, y su descripción de los sentimientos más profundos tan delicada y acertada, que quedas fascinado sin remedio; tu alma queda totalmente impregnada de todas las vivencias de los personajes. Y uno no puede dejar de pensar en cómo pueden conocerse tan bien los sentimientos y, por qué no, también los pensamientos de las personas.

Por pura casualidad, el escritor de esta historia se encuentra en Viena con
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Jan
"Beware of Pity" is a great psychological portrait of an officer in the Austrian army, right before the outbreak of the great war. At the outset, young Anton Hofmiller commits a terrible social gaffe by asking the crippled daughter of a local noble to dance, and it is in saving face that he embarks on a journey of pity, honor, and obligation, plunging ever deeper into her life and her family's.

Stefan Zweig paints an excellent portrait of a young man torn by conflicting feelings, constantly turni
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Marwah  A
نصحني بها شخص وحذرني بأن من يقرأها ستتحرك بداخله الشفقه بشكل لم يعتاده
عدت لاعدل الريفيو لانه اكتمل اثرها الان في نفسي و احسست بأني كتبت كلمات قليلة في حقها

نظره سريعه للرواية:
تتكلم عن فتاة مقعدة يشفق عليها شخص في الجيش على ما اذكر ويبدأ يزورها باستمرار للترويح عنها
وتبدأ هي تقع في حبه لكنها احست بشفقته وعاطفته تجاهها كان هذا الشئ يضايقها لكنها تجاهلته
هي كانت تحبه لدافع الحب وهو احبها بدافع الشفقة وتقدم لخطبتها ايضا بناءا على ذلك




وللرواية احداث اخرى مأساوية



هذه نبذه عن الروايه ولكن اريد ان اضيف اشي
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Paul Blakemore
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It does everything that really great books should do. It takes the idea of pity and really explores it as a human emotion. It left me feeling as if I might be a bit wiser about how to be a decent human being. On top of that, it is readable and I found it a bit of a page-turner due to the brilliant characters.

It is so cleverly constructed too; a layering of narrative on narrative so that as each person tells a story or relates a rumour they all begin
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Amal Gamal
هي ثاني عمل أقرأه للكاتب:
Stefan Zweig
بعد رواية الخوف " Angst".
والذي دفعني لقراءة الثانية "الخوف" هي أنها كانت مُقررًا دراسيًا لي في العام الماضي في الجامعة ولا أكتمكم سرًا أن ما نقرأه عندما يكون فرضًا كمقرر دراسي يفقدنا الكثير من المتعه ربما كان السبب في هذا طريقة تدريسه وربما ضيقًا بكل ما يتعلق بالدراسة وواجباتها.
ولم تكن قراءتي لهذه الرواية " حذار من الشفقه" لرغبتي في قراءة المزيد لهذا الكاتب وانما جاءت معرفتي بالرواية في الأصل من قبيل المُصادفه فقد كنت أقرأ رواية "فديتك يا ليلى" لـ يوسف السباع
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Sarah Ellen Rogers
The doorman in my building (a Romanian named Moses) recommended this book to me. He told me "it is life."

After I read it, I understand what he meant. Everything in this book seems so familiar, even though it takes place in the early twentieth century, and revolves around an Austrian cavalry officer's relationship with a high society family. It fires off insight after insight into human psychology with every new revelation.

It's also beautifully written. You know how you tend to skim over sectio
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Anas
من أعظم الروايات التي قرأتها في حياتي!

لقد تجاوزت كل توقعاتي وأدهشتني، واندمجت معها كما لم أندمج مع رواية أخرى منذ زمن بعيد.

الرواية تتناول موضوعاً دقيقاً حساساً، وأكثر ما أعجبني فيها أسلوب الكاتب في وصف الحالات النفسية الدقيقة جداً، والعصية على تطويعها بالكتابة، لقد أجاد الكاتب الدخول في دهاليز مظلمة عميقة في النفس البشرية من الصعب جداً إدراكها فضلاً عن وصفها باللغة، لكنه نجح في ذلك باقتدار عجيب.

أعجبتني الرواية جداً، لا سيما وأني وجدت جزءً من نفسي في بطلها الجندي، فكثيراً ما أحسست أن بعض الأوصاف
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e luce fu
العنــوان يلخص الأمر برمته.. حذار من الشفقـة!
لدرجة إني توقعت الأحداث.. ومع ذلك جاء أسلوب ستيفن زفايج في السـرد مشوقا.. أكثر ما أحمـده عليه أنه كان كآلة زمـن عادت بي إلى طفولتي.. تلك النوعية من الأعمال الأدبية "المترجمة" التي اعتدت عليها في صباي..

الضعف الإنساني الذي طالما عكر صفو الملازم "هوفماير" وشفقتـه اللامتناهية.. كانت دائما محل النقد!
"هو ليه ما يوضحش الأمور بصراحة.. وكل واحد يعرف الحقيقة.. ونرتـاح"
لكنـه في حيرتـه اللامحدودة أقرب ما يكون إلى بطل عزازيـل "هيبا" الذي تمزق الحيرة أوصال العقـل ح
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ندى
موجعه هذه الروايه
مؤلمه احداثها ونهايتها

تمنيت لو انهاانتهت نهايه افضل
لكنها النهايه الملاءمه لقصه الحب التعيسه تلك
التى لم تكن لتكلل بالنجاح

الشفقه
ذلك الشعور الذى دارت حوله القصه
وكيف احس به شخص تجاه فتاه كسيح
لم يكن يعنيه هذا الشعور فى شىءسوى انه ادخل السعاده على قلب الفتاه ن خلال اهتمامه واحس بانه يستطيع ان يقدم شيئا لاى خص

الا ان الفتاه احبته
اعتقدت ان اهتمامه الكبير يعنى حبه لها
ثم ادركت انه لا يتعدى شفقه
فكان ما كان

الروايه مليئه بالمشاعر البالغه التاثير
فى النفس ممن خلال العذاب الذى عاناه البطل
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Nigeyb
A very powerful work and Stefan Zweig's only full length novel.

Stefan Zweig generally cut and cut his longer stories until arriving at the essence of the tale. Beware of Pity is therefore an anomaly, one that forces me to conclude he should have written more novels.

Memorable characters abound in this book that actually contains three extraordinary stories, the primary one set against the lead up to World War One. The protagonist, Lieutenant Anton Hofmiller is an idealistic Austrian army officer
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Mikki

Stefan Zweig is a master when it comes to weaving tales of psychological drama. Beautiful descriptive prose that allows the reader a step-by-step journey into the minds of his characters as they slowly come undone. This is the story of how a man, hand held out to another in pity, is caught in a chokehold grasp and pulled onto a roller coaster of emotional blackmail.

It's 1914. The setting is a military post in Austria just months before the first world war. A young officer wrangles an invitation
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Maryam
This was quite a catchy story inspite of the annoying characters.

Quick plot summary: it describes the weakness of one person in front of the cripple girl. He (the main protagonyst) cannot say no to anything in his life, and eventually gets meddled into the trouble by making a cripple girl to fall in love with him. That wouldn't be a trouble if he wasn't a douchbag who was ashamed of a love of a cripple and who valued the opinion of his friends and family the most.

The idea of the story pleased
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Stela
Uitasem ca se poate scrie si asa - cam de mult nu mi-am mai aruncat privirea peste subtila proza psihologica interbelica, cu analizele si introspectiile sale, cu naratorul la persoana I care pune sub lupa si evenimentele si sentimentele, cu sutele de pagini in care nu se intimpla mare lucru, dar cu acel netagaduit farmec al melodiilor vechi, unde auzi în fundal acul pe vinil.
Pe scurt, romanul este o ilustrare a dictonului "iadul e pavat cu intentii bune" si nu degeaba titlul variantei engleze es
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Alex
Tour de force!!! --The intensity and richness of the psychological imagery is what novel is good for (and other media such as film or painting cannot reach) and Zweig crafted a peerless specimen in this aspect. In addition, all major characters are so moving and heroic yet they together make none other than hopeless tragedy, whereby the author presents to readers a poignant question nobody can answer. Also there are excellent suspensions and surprises. Nothing in this novel seems cliché or borro ...more
Nikitabanana
Set in the months leading up to World War I and in an out-of-the-way Austrian garrison town, Beware of Pity is about Hofmiller, a young cavalry officer stationed at the town. Poor and from an undistinguished family, Hofmiller is uncomfortable among his fellow officers, most of whom are wealthy which makes him especially protective of his reputation and honor. When a friend secures him an invitation to the home of Herr von Kekesfalva, the local landowner and richest man in town, Hofmiller is thri ...more
Irina
Zweig's writing is full of psychoanalysis of his characters’ emotions, soul, and state of mind. He is always on the journey to finding out what controls his characters’ actions.

"Beware of pity” novel is about a young Austrian officer, who attends a party at the house of the Nobel aristocrat (at least who appeared to be one at first), invites the host’s daughter to dance without knowing that she is handicapped and in a wheel chair. In order to correct his mistake, he starts coming to the house wi
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Ahmed
كتب علي ظهر الروايه " ان الشيء الذي بين يديك هو اعظم ما انتج العقل البشري علي مر العصور "
في معرض الكتاب وكنت صغير ،، لما قريت اللي علي ظهر الروايه ضحكت باستفزاز والصراع بدأ يلعب لعبته ،، معقوله الروايه اللي حجمها يكاد يكون حجم قصه يتكتب علي ظهرها كدا ،، واشتريتها بعد حوار مع تاجر كتب تاني عشان يرجعلي كتاب من الكتب اللي اشتريتها لاني ماكانش معايا فلوس غير المواصلات ،، اخدتها وروحت عالبيت وبالليل بدأت في قرائتها وبدأت احس ان اللي كنت بتريق علي صغر حجمها بدأت تتضخم بين ايديا وكل ما اقرا تتضخم اكتر
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Namrirru
Very interesting story and characters. What was kind of annoying, I think was supposed to annoy the reader. The protagonist over-analyzes everything! Very little happens in the course of the book, but the reader is fooled into thinking that this is some horrific drama because of his exaggerated insecurities. He's touchy, impressionable, unsure of himself, and kind of wimpy. And on and on he goes. It suits his character and reminds me of people I've known like this in real life.
Hend
the story of a young woman who is a paraplegic as the result of a horse riding accident. and she come to know an officer who has cheered her up after she have been depressed after she knew that she has no hope for her recovery.......
very sad story
J.
'Beware of Pity' was published in German in 1939 under the title 'Ungeduld des Herzens' (Impatience of the Heart).Zweig's books were burnt by the Nazis along with other Jewish authors. His publishers moved to Stockholm as a result. On publication it was translated almost immediately. Zweig was quite popular around this time.

The book starts in Vienna. A writer who we can assume is Zweig meets an older Hofmiller who is a veteran and recipient of medals for bravery in the First World War. Hofmiller
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David
Qué bien escribía Zeiwg!! Magnifica, perturbadora novela sobre la inseguridad en uno mismo, la compasión y el sentimiento de culpa. Algunos de los personajes principales son tullidos o tienen graves limitaciones físicas: una inválida, una ciega, un viejo enfermo, que malviven con sus inseguridades, sus remordimientos; el narrador padece una debilidad de carácter psíquico – lo que se muestra en sus constantes huidas, en su constante búsqueda de apoyos en los demás, en los episodios de angustia y ...more
Nayef
اقتباس

دائما يأتي في النهاية .. مرض يشفى أو لا يشفى , أبيض أو أسود .. كأنما الأمر بهذه البساطة !.. إن أي طبيب يحترم نفسه ينبغي ألا ينطق حتى بكلمتي "سليم" او "مريض" , لأنه لا يوجد حد فاصل تنتهي عنده الصحة ويبدأ المرض .. ولن تستطيع أن تسمع مني يوماً كلمة "غير قابل للشفاء" ولقد أخطأ "نتيشه" كل الخطأ حين قال : إن الطبيب يجب الا يحاول شفاء الذي لا يشفى , فإن العكس تماما هو الصواب , لأني أرى أن أهم واجب على الطبيب أن يسعى إلى شفاء المرض الذي جرى الناس على الاعتقاد بأنه لا يشفى .. والطبيب الذي يسلم مقد
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James
Before the First World War, Hofmiller, a young Austrian officer from a modest background, finds himself stationed in a town where he knows few people. He scores an invitation to the home of the richest local family and, at the end of the evening, realises he has not spent time with their attractive daughter, Edith. He invites her to dance, but realises – to everyone’s horror – that she is sitting in a wheelchair and can’t even stand. The worst faux pas imaginable, and he flees. But he is given ...more
Barbara A
I was pleased to be introduced to an important and influential writer with whom I was unfamiliar. To be so is always something of a gift. Having said that, nothing but determination made me finish the book. Between Joan Acoella's introduction; the author's forward; and his technique of foreshadowing though stream-of-thought consciousness, there was really no story to tell---everything had been telegraphed (or emailed?) ahead.

Interestingly, I happened to find,just last night,a reference to Zweig
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Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from and Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France,
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“No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.” 61 likes
“There are two kinds of pity. One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart's impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another's unhappiness, that pity which is not compassion, but only an instinctive desire to fortify one's own soul agains the sufferings of another; and the other, the only one at counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very limit of its strength and even beyond.” 22 likes
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