By Stefan Zweig
Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig: "I had by no means heard of Zweig...when I simply roughly unintentionally acquired a replica of Beware of Pity. I enjoyed this first book. I additionally learn the The Post-Office Girl. The Grand Budapest Hotel has components that have been type of stolen from either those books. characters in our tale are vaguely intended to characterize Zweig himself — our “Author” personality, performed through Tom Wilkinson, and the theoretically fictionalised model of himself, performed by way of Jude legislations. 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 lady is Christine, who takes care of her ill mom and toils in a provincial Austrian put up workplace within the years simply after the good conflict. One afternoon, as she is napping one of the professional kinds and stamps, a telegraph arrives addressed to her. it's from her wealthy aunt, who lives in the US and writes inquiring for that Christine sign up for her and her husband in a Swiss Alpine lodge. After a dizzying educate trip, Christine unearths herself on the best of the realm, having fun with a lifetime of privilege that she had by no means imagined.
But Christine’s aunt drops her as by surprise as she picked her up, and shortly the younger girl is again on the provincial publish place of work, fed on with sadness 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 new release. Christine’s and Ferdinand’s lives spiral downward, earlier than Ferdinand comes up with a plan which may be both their salvation or their doom.
Never sooner than released in English, this impressive publication is an unforeseen and haunting foray into noir fiction through one of many masters of the mental novel.