By Stefan Zweig
"Stefan Zweig was once a depressing and unorthodox artist; it's solid 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 one 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 attractive daughter for a dance, merely to find that illness has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that may spoil his lifestyles, as pity and guilt progressively implicate him in a well-meaning yet tragically wrongheaded plot to revive the sorrowful invalid to wellbeing and fitness.
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