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BEWARE OF PITY by Stefan Zweig
March 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
featuring Gerald Postema, Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus
One of the most popular writers in the world during the 1920s and 1930s
—The great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was a master anatomist of the deceitful heart, and Beware of Pity, the only novel he published during his lifetime, uncovers the seed of selfishness within even the finest of feelings.—New York Review Classics
—Zweig has chronicled a hopeless and tragic relationship in a manner that so holds the reader as never to dispirit him, telling a story full of psychological pitfalls that only an experienced writer, and an experienced human being, could dare to attempt…Beware of Pity is original and powerful work.—The New York Times
—The novel I’ll really remember reading this year is Stefan Zweig’s frighteningly gripping Beware of Pity, first published in 1939…an intoxicating, morally shaking read about human responsibilities and a real reminder of what fiction can do best.—Times Literary Supplement
—Beware of Pity is an utterly unsparing dissection of the corruptions of false pity…In stripping away the lies with which we disguise our true desires from ourselves, Zweig lays bare the larger lies of the age.—The New York Sun
—Stefan Zweig was a dark and unorthodox artist; it’s good to have him back.—Salman Rushdie
Meeting Date: Wednesdays, March 8 and March 15
Cost: $40, includes a copy of the book shipped to your home
This is a hybrid program held at Flyleaf Books. A very limited number of virtual seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Register online or call 919.962.1544