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Coração Impaciente

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,667 ratings  ·  785 reviews
Hofmiller, um oficial de cavalaria austro-húngaro, de passagem por uma pequena cidade da fronteira húngara, é convidado para uma festa em casa de um abastado proprietário local, para uma fuga à rotina militar. As instalações são fascinantes, o vinho corre livremente mas, quando o jovem e entusiasmado Hofmiller convida a bela filha do seu anfitrião para dançar, descobre que ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published June 2013 by Civilização Editora (first published 1939)
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Bill  Kerwin
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Did you enjoy Wes Anderson's film The Grand Hotel Budapest? Did you become entranced—as I did—by its nostalgia for the Austro-Hungarian Empire in those moonlight days before the Great War? Beware of Pity (1939), the novel which inspired the film, was written by Stefan Zweig--in exile, in London—during the time when the Nazis occupied his beloved Vienna, when Germany subsumed Austria into itself, and Austria--alas!--was no more. How ironic: at the very moment Zweig was mourning the cultural demis
Mohammed  Ali
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بعد مرور أكثر من شهر :

ما الشيء الذّي يجعلني أشعر برجفة خفيفة كلّما رأيت أو لاح لي إسم هذه الرواية ؟ أو لماذا هذا الشعور ؟ أو لنكن أكثر دقّة، لماذا هذا الشعور بالذّات ؟
لازالت هناك صورة عالقة بذهني .. صورة رجل يجري في زقاق مظلم، ويتصبّب العرق منه، قد يظنّ البعض أنّ هذا العرق ناتج عن المجهود البدني المتمثل في الجري، ولكن الأمر غير صحيح، أو لنقل أنّه صحيح من زاوية ما .. فالعرق هنا نتاج مجهود ذهني خارق مضاف إليه المجهود البدني .. رجل يجري و يفكر ويعصر ذهنه عصرا .. إنّها الحرب .. إنّه الموت .. الموت .
Jim Fonseca
Truth in advertising: the title tells us exactly what this book is about. It’s set in Austria in peacetime in 1914 in the time leading up to WW I. A young cavalry officer is invited to a party at the home of the most wealthy family in the town he is stationed in. He sees his host’s daughter sitting with women, her legs covered by a blanket. Unaware that her disfigured legs are useless, he asks her to dance (he’s 25; she’s about 18). Everything goes downhill from there.


The young woman falls in l
Steven Godin
Beware of Pity, Zweig's one and only novel, was a book that had eluded me for quite some time, but learning of a new translation by Oxford Academic Dr Jonathan Katz (who has worked on writings by Goethe and Joseph Roth), I followed through and got hold of a copy whilst on a trip back to my home City of Bath, and as things would have it, I also learned Zweig actually stayed in Bath for a time after fleeing mainland Europe during the war. Reading 'Impatience of the Heart' was well worth the wait, ...more
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
Adam Dalva
Zweig is a master of the novella, and his mastery shows in BEWARE OF PITY, which unfortunately is a novel.

Were this 130 pages long, it would have been salvageable (not CHESS STORY level, but what is?), but the excitement of the Zweigian opening (an author, a stranger, a story within-a-story) began to diminish when it became clear that this wasn't a novel with multiple parts. Here is the spoiler-free plot, in full: a poor cavalry officer sees a beautiful woman in town, finagles an invitation to
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Rinda Elwakil
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
و هتفضل رواية "حذار من الشفقة" لستيفن زفايج للأبد مرتبطة في ذهني بسبتمبر، رقيقة خفيفة الظل مليئة بالشجن و المفاجئات مثله.

فاكره قصة كنا بندرسها في ال short stories في ثانوي اسمها "I never forget a face"

لو هعمل قايمة اسمها "I never forget a book" فيها عشر كتب هتكون من ضمنهم، لو خمس كتب هتكون من ضمنهم، لو تلاتة هتكون من ضمنهم.

الرواية قصيرة، 200 و شويه صفحة من القطع الصغير، يعني 100 صفحة لو الكتاب مطبوع علي ورق كبير..متقدمة في سلسلة كتابي من المؤسسة العربية الحديثة ترجمة حلمي مراد بتلاتة جنيه او أر
Rakhi Dalal
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: compelling

The word ‘Pity’ is quite a powerful word. It is charged with the evocation of that emotion which surfaces when one witnesses human suffering in any form; an emotion which leads to feeling of compassion and sympathy. So to feel pity over someone’s misfortune or suffering is essentially human. But what does the feeling of pity really employs? Is it only a positive emotion which paves the way for better understanding of humans and their sufferings? Or can it be an emotion which arises solely from t
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BEWARE OF PITY (Ungeduld des Herzens, orig. title in German)
[revised 10/21/17]
Pick up a bee from kindness, and learn the limitations of kindness.
Sufi Proverb

Upon finishing this, Stefan Zweig's only completed novel, after reading his memoir, The World of Yesterday, I've found that the Austrian Zweig was one of those singularly gifted observers of the human condition, that come along maybe only once a generation, able to regularly discern the profound in the mundane as if such a talent came like r
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  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

حذارِ من الشفقة !
حذارِ من الحب !


جرفني ستيفان لزوايا النفس بتعقيداتها،
لمن نضحي وكيف ومتى .. ؟؟
لمن باستطاعتنا أن نتنازل عن أغلى ما نملك أو حتى أثمن ما نستطيع .. ؟؟
هل الحذر من الشفقة .. هو الخوف من إظهار أجمل ما تكنه أعماقنا الإنسانية، أم الخوف لأن في ذلك وأد للروح وما تريد ؟
لم يعلق في نفسي شيء من ذلك البطل أكثر من أن كنت حائرة، تائهة .. بين أن يحب بعزيمة شجاعة أو ينسحب ويهرب كجبان ..
وحينما أفكر بعقلة .. أتسائل :
كيف يتخلى المرء عن تلك الذاتية مع مفترق الدربين والتمزق .. ألا يحق له أن يختار
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es un catálogo maestro de las emociones y la psicología humanas. En literatura solemos encontrarnos con los grandes temas (el amor, el destino, la muerte…) a menudo tratados de manera muy genérica, sostenidos por numerosos clichés, lo que crea un cosmos que percibimos como factible pero que se aleja en gran medida de nuestro propio mundo interior. Como excepción a esta tendencia, a veces encontramos una obra maestra en la que la forma de sentir de los personajes no es lineal ni absolu ...more
Maria Clara
Exactamente no sé muy bien qué decir: hay partes de la novela que se me hicieron muy tediosas y otras, en cambio, eran como caramelos en la boca de un niño. Lo que sí puedo afirmar es que es una gran historia, quizás algo diferente a lo que yo me esperaba, pero Zweig retrata el alma humana como un genio de la pintura, sin olvidar ningún matiz ni sombra.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
It is a daunting task to come late to the party and attempt to write a review of a book that already has 766 reviews. What more can I add to the story? Anyone doing even a cursory read of past reviews can quickly surmise what this book is about. It is the first fiction I've ever read by Stefan Zweig, but certainly not the last. I have read about half of his biography of Magellan, which I intend to finish some day and found quite good. I was reading it in Thailand and moved on to the Philippines, ...more
Paul Blakemore
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: n-austria, 5e
"...nenhum pecado pode ser esquecido, logo que a consciência dele tenha conhecimento."

Faye Baxevanidou
Δεύτερο μου βιβλίο του Zweig Πολύ δυνατό βιβλίο με πολύ δυνατούς χαρακτήρες που πραγματικά σε ωθεί να σκεφτείς 5+ Νομίζω πως θα αναζητήσω κι άλλα του ίδιου. Κάθε πρόταση δεκτή!
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Όταν τελειώσει κανείς το βιβλίο δεν γίνεται να είναι ο ίδιος άνθρωπος που ήταν πρώτου το διαβάσει. Ο Τσβαιχ σε βάζει σε σκέψεις , τις οποίες πολλοί -δυστυχώς- είτε λόγω συνθηκών είτε αδιαφορίας μπορεί και να μην έκαναν ποτέ.
  Η γραφή μπορεί να είναι προβλέψιμη, το δέχομαι, ειδικά για όσους έχουν διαβάσει νουβέλες του συγγραφέα, αλλά αυτό δεν στέκεται εμπόδιο στον αναγνώστη για να γνωρίσει τους χαρακτήρες,  να τους λυπηθεί και να τους καταλάβει. Πρόκειται και ένα μυθιστόρημα πραγματικό αριστούργ
Fayez Ghazi فايز غازي
- "حذار من الشفقة" في معرض الحب فقط.. فالشفقة في الحب هي كالكره تماماً بل اشد وقعاً وفتكاً بالنفس البشرية...

- حينما يحب الإنسان (رجل كان او امرأة)، فإنه يحب بكل جوارحه، حتى ليتبدل الدم في عروقه حباً ويسكب هذا الشعور العنيف الغزير على الشخص الآخر... فإذا "صدمه" الآخر وكان حباً من جانب واحد، فإن غزارة هذا الحب تصير نيراناً تلظى في داخل المحب... الأسوء اذا احس هذا العاشق بأن الآخر لا يحبه بل يشفق عليه لسبب ما، فالشفقة هنا هي الخداع بذاته حتى لو كانت النية صادقة، وهذا بالتحديد ما طرقه ستيفان زافيج ف
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, german
Beware of Pity is an impressive yet incredibly sad story and one that will resonate with readers long after they've read it.
لينـــا العطار
سبحان الله..كم أن النفس البشرية عصية على الفهم والوصف
مشاعر كثيرة ومتضاربة وتصرفات تسيطر عليها هذه المشاعر دون وعي من الإنسان
و أحجار دومينو تسقط دون أن نقدر على إيقافها و أحداث كثيرة تتسلسل حتى تصل إلى النهاية المحتومة التي لا مفر منها
أشعر اني مبعثرة تائهة مثل ذاك الملازم لا أعرف ماذا أكتب عن الرواية
من يستحق الشفقة حقاً؟ هل هي أديث كما كانت الرواية توحي لنا طوال الوقت أم أنه والدها المسكين؟..أم ذاك الملازم المتورط رغماً عنه في أمر لا مفر له منه و في حسن أخلاق وطيبة و شفقة دعته للقيام بأفعال كان
Parthiban Sekar
“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 against 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 ...more
Milly Cohen
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"el corazón sabe olvidar a la perfección cuando le urge olvidar"

qué delicia de lectura, qué fragilidad de sentimientos nos conforman como humanos, qué cuidado hay que tener con la compasión, y más aun, con la impaciencia del corazón, aunque no sé bien si es posible detener su ímpetu y su carrera.

pocos escritores conocen de esta manera nuestro ser más profundo, y la contradicción y complejidad que vivimos cuando somos débiles del corazón, en extremo compasivos o, sólo demasiado sensibles.

me fasci
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ε Ξ Α Ι Ρ Ε Τ Ι Κ Ο ! ! !
Mohammed Orabi
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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" كلا ، فليس الأنسان السليم ، الأبى ، السعيد هو الذي ينبغى أن نحبه ، فمثله ليس في حاجة إلى حبنا .. إنه فى غطرسته وعدم مبالاته يتقبل هذا الحب منا على أنه واجب علينا ، نؤديه له صاغرين .. والحب المتفانى من جانب شخص أخر نحوه يكون بمثابة زخرف ، لمجرد الزينة .. حلية للشعر ، أو سوار للمعصم .. وليس نعمة حياته كلها ، وسر وجوده ! .. ولا يستحق الحب وينتفع به غير الذين قست عليهم الحياة ، فاذلتهم وحرمتهم نعمة الحواس ، أو الجمال ، أو الأطمئنان أو اليقين .. والذى يكرس حياته لمثل هؤلاء إنما يعوضهم بعض ماسلبتهم ...more
Author's Note

--Beware of Pity

Translator's Afterword
Ana Carvalheira
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Estou, há meia hora, a pensar como devo abordar, com justiça, com alguma objetividade (impossível!), esta narrativa que só me ocorre qualificar como magnífica!

Cada vez que tenho a felicidade de ler um livro de Stefan Zweig, só me perpassa um pensamento: que grande, que enorme alma essa que nos trespassa, que nos aflige, que nos cloroformiza os sentidos, ao ponto de negarmos o fim, não, não pode ter acabado, queremos mais e mais e mais … Chego ao ponto de protelar a leitura, não é altura para qu
فاطمة الزهراء
تأخذنا الرواية في رحلة فريدة
تغوص بنا في بحر المشاعر
مزبج عجيب بين عاطفتين : الحب و الشفقة

كبف يحول خيال الإنسان ووهمه الشفقة إلى حب ؟

و هل الشفقة مطلوبة ؟ أم أن اللامبالاة أفضل للنفس و القلب معا ؟

" يجب أن يزن الشخص شفقته بالقسطاس و إلا أحدثت من الضرر أضعاف ما كان يحدثه عدم المبالاة "

حين تطغى الشفقة على جميع الاعتبارات الأخرى .. فهذا أمر خطير
" لقد تغلبت شفقتي مرة أخرى على إرادتي فلم أعد أملك التصرف في نفسي "

و حين يفلت منك زمام التحكم بالنفس .. فهذا الأخطر
ستجد بكل تأكيد من يتصرف و يتحكم في تلك
Stavrakas Arsenal
"Υπάρχουν δυο είδη οίκτου. Ο ένας, ο αδύναμος κι αισθηματικός, δεν είναι, στην πραγματικότητα, παρά η ανυπομονησία της καρδιάς να διώξει, όσο γίνεται γρηγορότερα, τη θλίψη που νιώθει μπρος στη δυστυχία του άλλου: αυτός δεν είναι αληθινός οίκτος, αλλά μια ενστικτώδης υπεράσπιση της ψυχής από την ξένη δυστυχία. Ο άλλος, ο μόνος που αξίζει, δεν είναι αισθηματολογία, μα δημιουργικός οίκτος, που ξέρει τι θέλει, κι είναι αποφασισμένος να υποστεί με υπομονή κι επιμονή το καθετί, ως τα έσχατα όρια της α ...more
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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 an Unknown Woman, and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France
“No guilt is forgotten so long as the conscience still knows of it.” 132 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.” 65 likes
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