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Beware of Pity

Paperback - 31 January 2013
ISBN-13 : 9781908968371
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1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 02 October 2017
Two Sides of Pity
By: Dian Natalia Sutanto

"Pity, like morphine, does the sick good only at first. It is a means of helping them to feel better, but if you don't get the dose right and know where to stop it becomes a murderous poison.” ― Stefan Zweig, Beware of Pity Beware of Pity is claimed as one of Zweig's masterpieces, and I couldn't agree more. This novel depicts terrible consequences of excessive pity in human relationship. The story starts with a young Austrian cavalry officer, Anton Hofmiller, who befriends a local millionaire, Kekesfalva, and his crippled daughter, Edith, out of pity. His pity for the Kekesfalvas is actually the weak and sentimental one, which is no more than the young... See More

officer's impatience to be rid of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of the Kekesfalvas' suffering. The young officer's egoistical pity finally brings forth terrible consequences to the crippled girl who misunderstands his pity as romantic feelings. As usual, Zweig shows his deep insights on the deepest recesses of human mind in this novel. Zweig is truly a master of psychological fiction! Those who love psychological fiction should not miss this novel.

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