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Ungeduld des Herzens ➢ Ungeduld des Herzens Ebook ➨ Author Stefan Zweig – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A la veille de la Première Guerre mondiale un jeune officier pauvre en garnison dans une petite ville autrichienne est pris de pitié pour une jeune infirme riche De cette pitié dangereuse découler A la veille de la Première Guerre mondiale un jeune officier pauvre en garnison dans une petite ville autrichienne est pris de pitié pour une jeune infirme riche De cette pitié dangereuse découlera l'amour fou ue porte Edith de Kekesfalva au lieutenant Anton Hofmiller.


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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    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 How ironic at the very moment Zweig was mourning the cultural demise of the cosmopolitan empire of twenty five years ago Hitler was accomplishing the political death of the country on which it had been built the present day republic that was his homeZweig was indeed a man of ironies He was a name dropper a freuenter of fashionable cafes who fiercely guarded his privacy; he was a celebrated writer of popular fiction who yearned for artistic recognition; he was a husband who treated his wife as a secretary then divorced her to marry his secretary; he was a Jew who considered his Judaism “an accident of birth” a Jew who never thought of himself as a Jew until Hitler classified him as such who even then declined to denounce the Third Reich with vigor preferring to remain “objective”; and he was a cosmopolite comfortable in all cities of the world until the Nazis barred him from the comforts of his own city Vienna he despaired and together with his second wife killed himself with barbituates in Petropolis the Imperial City of Brazil in 1942 The title of this novel—and its overriding theme— Beware of Pity has its ironies too How can pity—the exercise of simple human compassion—be considered a corrosive force?And why would a man like Zweig wounded by a pitiless tyrant choose the dangers of pity for his theme?The novel tells the story of a young Austrian lieutenant Anton Hoffmiller who invited to the home of the great landowner Kekesfalva performs the gentlemanly gesture of asking his host's daughter to dance When she bursts into tears he realizes that the young lady's legs are paralyzed Humiliated he immediately flees from the house but sends her a dozen roses the next day So begins a series of visits—motivated primarily by pity—which lead to disaster not only for Lieutenant Hoffmiller but for the Kekesfalva family tooZweig's reputation rests primarily on his novellas ”Letter from an Unknown Woman” and “The Royal Game” are masterpieces of the form—and some critics have faulted this his only novel as a novella padded to novel length by the addition of a few irrelevant stories I disagree Each of these subordinate narratives—about the landowner's fortune the physician's marriage the courtship of the officer turned waiter presents a glimpse into the dynamics of malefemale relationships and how—for good or for ill—such relationships may be altered by pity The novel would be poorer without these stories like mirrors they flash moonlight upon the surface of events illuminating poor Hoffmiller's dilemmaThe tale is compelling and there were even a few moments two moments to be precise that had me gasping small gasps but real gasps my hand raised to my mouth The general course of the narrative may be tragically predictable but there are plenty of little surprises and pleasures to be encountered along the wayAnd of course there is the moonlight which suffuses all that seductive antiue Austrian atmosphere which pities little and yet forgives everything


  2. Adam Dalva Adam Dalva says:

    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 a dinner party she'll be attending at the richest mansion in the area asks the daughter of the house to dance is confused when she screams in horror finds out she is paralyzed keeps going back to the house because he feels bad for her while conveniently ignoring about 3 salient plot points for which Zwieg maddeningly delays the reveal; is begged on all sides to continue to be nice to her while he is trapped in an escalating series of lies; completely ignores his initial infatuation with the beautiful woman the girl's cousin written off in a parenthetical about this long; keeps sneaking away in shame only to be convinced to return by various people about town; hears versions of the expression beware of pity approx 100 times It's a bit like a filler Curb Your Enthusiasm episode now that I see it written outZweig's central uestion is do the disabled deserve love? This reminds me a bit of The Captive in Proust which is another melodrama that revolves around an author's misconception of the world but here the misconception is yes offensive and Zweig isn't a good enough writer to find his way out of it This is decidedly NOT a love story Every time the protagonist cringes in horror at the sound of tapping crutches or the sight of the girl being wheeled around we cringe too for Zweig I have seen this character defended as an aspect of the time in other reviews but we turn to writers to be ahead of their time in one thing and one thing only psychological insight The best parts of BOP are the stories within it the origin of the girl's father; a traveling seuence that is great until a gypsy prophecy sets in; that stunning opening It has a preoccupation with suicide that is of course upsetting in retrospect And I never put it down because as with all Zweig the world is pleasing to be in But the false promise of the opening is never answered this is a novel about a war hero that will never show us war and it's all something of a trudge 251 and I only rounded up for an excellent 5 page essay in the last third about what it's like when someone has a crush on you Tempted to knock it down for the stranger on the subway who praised the gripping action and brilliant characters for 5 straight stops when he saw what I was reading even though my headphones were in but I suppose we'll leave him out of it


  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    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 love with the officer Her elderly father essentially begs him to marry her with the incentive of inheriting his money The officer is also egged on by the doctor of the young woman Years ago the doctor married a blind woman essentially out of pity at not being able to “cure” her and that worked out fine Part of the value of this book is seeing the sea change in attitudes toward people with physical challenges As hard as it us for us to believe it’s a shock to the officer to finally realize my words “What A ‘pathetic cripple’ and a ‘hapless invalid’ like her he thinks of her using those words can have human feelings like falling in love? Who would have thought?”Even shocking is how the young woman absorbs those attitudes and values She writes to the officer in a letter “A lame creature a cripple like myself has no right to love How should I broken shattered being that I am be anything but a burden to you when to myself I am an object of disgust of loathing A creature such as I I know has no right to love and certainly no right to be loved”The officer comes to realize that “pity like morphia is a solace to the invalid a remedy a drug but unless you know the correct dosage and when to stop it becomes a virulent poison”“my astonishment at the thought that I a commonplace unsophisticated young officer should really have the power to make someone else so happy knew no bounds” “It is never until one realizes that one means something to others that one feels there is any point or purpose in one’s own existence”As their relationship progresses the officer becomes what we would call today ‘manic depressive’ Within a couple of pages we read of his highs and lows “On that evening I was God I had created the world and lo It was full of goodness and justice I had created a human being her forehead gleamed like the morning and a rainbow of happiness was mirrored in her eyes” A few pages later “I was no longer God but a puny pitiable human being whose blackguardly weakness did nothing but harm whose pity wrought nothing but havoc and misery” The paperback edition I read gives away the ending on the back cover so I’ll give it here but hide it in a spoiler it’s not pretty view spoiler The officer eventually becomes engaged to her but breaks it off and the young woman kills herself hide spoiler


  4. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Beware of Pity Zweig's one and only novel was a book that had eluded me for uite 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 I would put it up there with one of the best novels I have ever read It captivated me from first page to the last with moments that had me wanting to look the other way through it's depiction of pityThis is a story of painful and almost unbearable disillusionment swept along with a saddening nostalgia composed by Zweig over a period of years and completed by 1938 in which a young Austrian cavalry officer Hofmiller befriends a local millionaire Kekesfalva and his family but in particular the old man's crippled daughter Edith a character I will simply never forget and the terrible conseuences that follow a moment of sheer horror for the officer at a dance thus a chain of events are triggered that Hofmiller due to his weak minded pity can not escape from I don't want to link Zweig with Hitchcock but there were moments of utter tension that had me peeping through my fingers in trepidation at what might or might not happen There is also an interior psychological precision that shows just how sharply Zweig could pay attention to his characters inner workings and this he pulls off as good as anything else I have come across here is a man 'Hofmiller the hero' on whom everything is lost in than one sense of the phrase When first introduced to a decorated Hofmiller many years later in a cafe he spills his history to a novelist the framing narrator whom we may as well assume to be Zweig himself he treats his decoration the greatest military order Austria can bestow with disdain bordering on contempt and only speaks to the narrator when they meet accidentally at a dinner party later on After this point we should realise that the message of the book is not only the ostensible one that pity is an emotion that can cause great ruin but also that we must not judge things by appearances Hofmiller in his case what others might regard as courage is actually the result of a monumental act of cowardice which will burden his soul for eternityOthers have viewed this work as actually two novellas of uneual length stitched together there is an entire back story as to how Kekesfalva obtained his wealth but this only adds depth it doesn't read as though it could benefit from any trimming and something I did notice was the fact this contained no chapters or breaks in writing keeping a continually flowing narrative From front to back it's a novel pure and simple It's length for some may be an issue Me I would have gladly read another 200 pages of this and this coming from someone who is normally put off reading huge novels Kekesfalva along with daughters Ilona and Edith played such a despairing role in the narrative I spend the whole time just praying their outcome would be a good one I felt everything they were going through down to the finest details Crippled Edith I can't think of any other literary character that has had such an impact on me my own pity for her was tenfold Albeit in a complex and ambiguous fashion when Hofmiller discovers to his horror that Edith has sexual desires for him his existence spirals into chaos in fact if it didn't sound so off putting Disillusionment could be a perfectly plausible title for the novel to go with Zweig's other one word titles for some of his novellas Amok Confusion or Angst Beware of Pity has passages of high melodrama that had an immense power to make me put a hand over my gasping mouth something that I can't think I have ever done before whilst reading a novel A masterpiece


  5. David David says:

    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 extentStefan Zweig is an enormous drama ueen 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 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 whole being roils with inner turbulence And these reactions aren't even for big surprises—like I don't know World War I—but rather for banal things like the mail being late and the improper buttoning of one's dinner jacket I'm slightly exaggerating But only very slightlyThis book was written in the 1930s If you didn't know that however you'd be just as likely to think it was written in the 1830s Stylistically speaking Zweig completely missed the memo on literary modernism It's as if it never happened He embraces the hopelessly stodgy language at this in translated form and hyperdescription of the worst of the 19th century There is no emotion or thought or physical appearance which manifests an emotion or thought that he will not describe into the fucking ground He bombards you with loooong paragraphs seeking to explain the most obvious and commonplace emotional responses to you again in hyperbolic form as if you are a cyborg who is newly assimilating human experience In other words Zweig thinks you're a moron He doesn't trust you to know what embarrassment hand holding intoxication guilt or hearing strange noises feels like But he'll try his damndest to explain 'em all to ya ya inexperienced rube Have you been living in your bubble boy bubble all these years? Zweig's got your ass covered If you trimmed all the fat this novel probably would have been one hundred pages instead of 350 And that's a conservative estimate of the editorial purges reuired But the story at the center of all this prissy rococo language is yes interesting The narrator recounts at length how as a twenty five year old lieutenant in the Austro Hungarian Imperial Army he met this young crippled woman and accidentally asked her to dance at a party Oops Can you imagine the descriptions of his profound embarrassment? He actually FLEES the party Total elbows and ass goin' on here This minor incident sets off a chain of melodramatic events in which his pity for the absurd little cripple ruins him His pity takes over his whole life He actually makes a career of it He just spends all his time kissing the ass of this incredibly bitchy crippled girl view spoilerThere is an unintentionally hilarious scene near the end when the cripple's love for the narrator seems to heal her She's able to walk two steps Miracle But then she falls like a ton of bricks at his feet Not bothering to help her he flees again The narrator is actually an accomplished flee er He does it three times during the novel hide spoiler


  6. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    Stefan Zweig writes in a very beautiful language and describes the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist so aptly and comprehensibly The book shows a touch of psychoanalysis but also for the sake of the human soul and the effects of different types of compassion In his subtle imaginative language the author creates his own world of unparalleled atmospheric density His creatures with the knowing maturity of the experienced human connoisseur and the compassion of the passionate philanthropist enter into their basic features His narrative style is full of tension and full of drama For me this book is a perfect work of art Overall this book should have been read by anyone interested in literature and it is definitely recommendableKeine Schuld ist vergessen solange noch das Gewissen um sie weiß S 456


  7. Dolors Dolors says:

    Pity It had never dawned upon me what a double edged feeling pity is Neither had I dwelled for long on the ramifying conseuences 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 bodies that spray paint the canvas of galaxies which in turn might be invisible to fallible human eyesight but as real as the sunbeams that warm both the blind and clairvoyant countenances staring back at them “Only those with whom life had dealt hardly the wretched the slighted the uncertain the unlovely the humiliated could really be helped by love” 348Zweig provokes the reader and makes him ponderDoesn’t pity entail a touch of vain condescension disguised as unselfishness?Isn’t there some addictive self indulgence irretrievably intertwined with the instinctive wish to please others in order to prove our worthiness to ourselves?Human minds work in bewildering ways and Zweig combines the sharp scalpel of his precise words with the sumptuousness of his transfixing prose to probe strenuously into the nooks and crannies of the psyche of his Freudian protagonists unfolding the serpentine passages that give shape to the sentiment of pityLike the dexterous magician who masters his tricks Zweig uses the first person narrative impersonating an impressionable Lieutenant during the convoluted months previous to World War I to unravel a chain of intricate relationships that will invite the reader to contemplate the fragile boundary that separates charitableness from weakness of characterLieutenant Anton Hofmiller finds himself entangled in a compromising situation after asking Edith Kekesfalva the daughter of a distinguished nobleman and sole heir of his vast property for a dance without realizing the girl is paralyzed from waist down Plagued by guilt and moved by a disciplined sense of honor typical of the military Anton obliges himself to visit the girl evening after evening and basking in his own righteousness to play good Samaritan he obviates the blossoming truth of a capricious and over pampered woman falling in unhinged love for the first timeDoctor Condor is known for treating all the “incurable” cases in Vienna with almost obstinate perseverance After meeting pliant Hofmiller at the Kekesfalva’s he discloses the decisive role that a combination of self reproach and decency had on the widowed Mr Kekesfalva into marrying Edith’s mother and the ensuing conseuences of such an unpredictable union as an example of the power of goodwill to the gullible lieutenantMr Kekesfalva’s veneration of Dr Condor whose godlike skills are expected to perform a scientific miracle to save Edith from her underserved impairment is boundless Inspired by the honorable conduct of the doctor when he married one of his blind patients after failing to fulfill his promise to heal her Mr Kekesfalva embraces the young officer his daughter dotes on hoping for another unlikely miracle to happenCredulous Hofmiller absorbs the conflicting emotions arising in him allowing to be whirled around by the currents of gratification that flow from self pity and remorse Trying to edge his way around these feelings he can’t avoid being caught up in a definite concerted and yet seemingly aimless conspiracy run by fate But history has a humbling lesson to teach him when collective atrocity strikes with WWI and petty individual turmoil is implacably buried under the weight of mass killing and cosmic destruction making Hofmiller aware of his own insignificance and erasing all notions of grandiosity and masked integrity How much can be inferred from Hofmiller’s lack of resolution to face his failures in relation to Zweig’s despairing surrender over the overpowering sadness that took hold of him after being banished from his home robbed of his golden memories and even estranged from his own identity? Behind the gloss of Zweig’s flawless writing there is the deafening roaring of a mourning waterfall that soaks the reader and yet somehow leaves him dry as a bone A dense silence of parching deluge preys upon the reader with torrential uestions and a drought of answersPity or vanity? Need for validation or hedonistic egocentrism? Honest sympathy or hollow pretence? You can enter the revolving door of Zweig’s mind and run the risk of finding your own answer but you’d better be ready to face the turned mirror of conscience and swallow the bitter fear of being found out It's all so very simple in the end you only need to brace yourself take a deep breath and Beware of Pity


  8. Kiekiat Kiekiat says:

    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 can I add to the story? Anyone doing even a cursory read of past reviews can uickly 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 uite good I was reading it in Thailand and moved on to the Philippines and there is something about the Philippines that causes me to lose all interest in reading books Like many other works this had been vegetating on one of my bookshelves for five or six years My reading habits which I thought were peculiar to me turn out to be commonplace based on what I've read on Goodreads That is I tend to choose the next book I want to read based on no systematic way but as my inclinations lead me I enjoyed 'Beware of Pity' and appreciated the fine writing of Stefan Zweig As a much earlier reviewer said his writing is clear and to the point and I tend to agree that the digressions in this book were not padding They helped shaped the novel and give it clarityThe forward indicated that Zweig was a friend of Freud's and also noted that Stephen Spender among others had accused Zweig of writing 'Beware of Pity' as a sort of case study' rather than as an actual novel telling a story With all due respect to Stephen Spender whose intellect far surpasses mine I do not concur with this assessment at all I can well imagine Zweig discussing psychological issues with Freud because his novel is certainly filled with some deep psychology I disagree that this is a case study however because anyone familiar with Freud's case studies knows that he always traces the person's trauma to some occurrence in childhood or some unfulfilled childhood wish There is none of this in 'Beware of Pity' and we are told little by the narrator about his childhood other than he grew up in a family without much means and the military was a good choice for making a career given his family's straitened circumstances There is no mention of any trauma and not even a hint or suggestion of such A person writing a case study would tie the narrator's obsessive uncontrollable pity for the girl to some incident in his past Since Zweig does not do this I don't think this novel deserves to be called a case studyRather it is a work that demonstrates how a seemingly insignificant event can result in someone winding up in a situation fraught with psychological turmoil particularly if that individual has a weak character and is easily manipulated The novel's psychological richness in my opinion lies in the conflicting feelings the narrator has; where on one hand he exults that he is doing a noble thing by visiting the girl and her family and lifting their spirits while on the other he despises the fix he is in and is constantly scheming how to extricate himself from the commitment he has foolishly entered into Thus we have a fellow who is just a commonplace military officer not given to self reflection suddenly having to face this psychological Sturm und Drang which he is ill euipped to handle exactly because he is not a person accustomed to self reflection and deep psychological pondering It is in this conflict especially as the book nears the end that Zweig's talks with Freud must have borne fruit The tension the narrator feels as he tries to find a way out of the maelstrom mounts to the point where he is in a frenzy to escape Reading it left me on edge and I was nearly as discommoded as the narrator I could easily imagine Hitchcock working this story into a compelling filmI regret that Stefan Zweig wrote no novels but am glad there is still a body of his work for me to savor


  9. Rakhi Dalal Rakhi Dalal says:

    The word ‘Pity’ is uite 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 the awareness of one’s good fortune when compared with the misfortunes of many others? Can it be an emotion which may let us sympathize with those suffering but may make us indifferent when presented with uncomfortable situations while dealing with them? Can someone who acts only out of ‘pity’ for someone be held responsible if he fails to meet unseen expectations arising from his acts of pity? Can there be a limit as to what extent a person may engage due to pity? Can a person really only act out of pity for someone over a longer period? Alternatively does a person who has suffered much over a long period of time take kindly to such acts of pity? Can such acts invoke anger on the part of sufferer? Who is to judge then when a person in the heat of much compassion engages in actions which may prove further fatal for the sufferer These are the uestions that this work raises in mind For me it is a hugely loaded word and which I really view with some skepticism A genuine concern and empathy are held much higher in regard than merely pityAs always Zweig’s writing is brilliant and captivating There is never a dull moment in the work You are constantly engaged and on the edge I didn’t find a single character in the work likable for each of them lived in their own worlds intoxicated with ideas that best suited them It was like a ride through a kindergarten where all the kids were engaged in their own make belief world and resorted to whining when disagreed with or brought to reality But Zweig’s masterful hand has rendered their portrayal a lifelike uality which lets you marvel at the complexity of human nature and compels you to look within and uestion your ideas


  10. Tony Tony says:

    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 in the past He provoked genuine sympathy standing on one leg only and a crutch It was no longer enough now for my friend to drop bills in cup He made a point of standing ceremoniously extending his hand for a shake and addressing the man by name The man said nothing in return not even smiling at the crisp new billBeware of pity It is an exchange Readers of novels do not linger on the man consumed with Liberal guilt Instead think of our one legged man Make him smart Or devious Or rebellious kindly heroic Make him barely functional if you want What does he make of the pin striped man bowing like Hirohito on that ship? Perhaps like me he appreciates the gesture But probably it means nothing AlthoughWhat if he feels the pity behind the gesture like a knife? Any one of us homeless or not has felt that But what if he was just smart enough to be fooled and thought he was going to the suburbs for dinner? or would be offered a job? would be asked to be a Godfather? could date a daughter? Oh the book? Well it's about Pity from both sides of the exchange I won't tell you the plot You can find it everywhere in the description of the book and in almost every review I liked the storytelling but not the story If that makes sense I was warned that it might be too drawing room for me I didn't know exactly what that meant until I read this and realized it was too drawing room for me It made me think of Pity Not made for TV movies Pity with Lieutenants and noblemen's daughters good looking horses and well I think you have to fit Kiera Knightley in there somewhere Not perfumed inchoate love No it made me think of Pity on a city street in a job in a friendship It made me think of Pity in a room by myself Even then maybe especially then it's always an exchange


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