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Beware of Pity (1938) [Novel]
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Beware of Pity is a novel which explores the complex hidden recesses of emotion. In 1913 a young second lieutenant discovers the terrible dangers of pity and eventually flees from them into the battlefield. His involvement begins with a faux pas: he had no idea the girl was lame when he asked to dance. Paying her an occasional afternoon call seemed to give him a new sense of purpose and he did not notice how imperceptibly bound up with tenderness his concern might be. The girl's face brightened, her father doted, the young man's self-esteem rose. But he was gradually to learn that pity, like morphia, is only at first a solace to the invalid and unless one knows the exact dosage, and when to stop, it can become a virulent poison. Beware of Pity is Stephan Zweig's only novel and is a devastatingly unindulgent realisation of the torment of the betrayal of both honour and love, set against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Original title: Ungeduld des Herzens
Original languages: German

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Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War I
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Beware of Pity

Beware of Pity (1939)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Phyllis Blewitt Trevor Blewitt
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Beware of Pity (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590172000
Pages: 353

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