‘The most exciting book I have ever read … a feverish, fascinating novel’ Antony Beevor, Sunday Telegraph
‘I can’t take any more of your revolting merciful kindness!’
Who would have thought that the great military hero Captain Hofmiller – that living monument to his own courage – would have anything burdening his soul? But when he reveals his story, it is not one of bravery but tragedy: a simple blunder at a dance from which disaster grows, ruining lives with his weak, foolish pity…
Impatience of the Heart is Stefan Zweig’s greatest novel, fiercely capturing human emotions in all their subtleties and extremes – while Hofmiller, his unforgettable, naïve creation, misunderstands everything, resulting in his downfall.
A new translation by Jonathan Katz