Beware of Pity

Stefan Zweig


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Pushkin Press
3 August 2023
ISBN: 9781805330226
464 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Anthea Bell

‘Zweig’s fictional masterpiece’ GUARDIAN

‘An intoxicating, morally shaking read… A real reminder of what fiction can do best’ ALI SMITH

‘It’s just a masterpiece. When I read it I thought, how is it that I don’t already know about this?’ WES ANDERSON


The only novel written by one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century

In 1913, young second lieutenant Hofmiller discovers the terrible danger of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance-so begins a series of visits, motivated by pity, which relieve his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope.

Stefan Zweig’s unforgettable novel is a devastating depiction of the betrayal of both honour and love, amid the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.