By Stefan Zweig
Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig: "I had by no means heard of Zweig...when I simply roughly unintentionally got a duplicate of Beware of Pity. I enjoyed this first book. I additionally learn the The Post-Office Girl. The Grand Budapest Hotel has parts that have been kind of stolen from either those books. characters in our tale are vaguely intended to characterize Zweig himself — our “Author” personality, performed by means of Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised model of himself, performed by way of Jude legislation. yet, actually, M. Gustave, the most personality who's performed by way of Ralph Fiennes, is modelled considerably on Zweig as well."
The post-office woman is Christine, who takes care of her in poor health mom and toils in a provincial Austrian put up place of work within the years simply after the good conflict. One afternoon, as she is drowsing one of the reliable varieties and stamps, a telegraph arrives addressed to her. it really is from her wealthy aunt, who lives in the USA and writes inquiring for that Christine sign up for her and her husband in a Swiss Alpine inn. After a dizzying educate trip, Christine reveals herself on the best of the area, having fun with a lifetime of privilege that she had by no means imagined.
But Christine’s aunt drops her as all at once as she picked her up, and shortly the younger lady is again on the provincial publish place of work, fed on with unhappiness and bitterness. Then she meets Ferdinand, a wounded yet eloquent warfare veteran who's in a position to supply voice to the disaffection of his iteration. Christine’s and Ferdinand’s lives spiral downward, prior to Ferdinand comes up with a plan which may be both their salvation or their doom.
Never earlier than released in English, this notable ebook is an unforeseen and haunting foray into noir fiction by way of one of many masters of the mental novel.