Beware Of Pity

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20140526 (BBC7)
20140527 (BBC7)

A young man and the effect that his pity for a young crippled girl has on both their lives

By Stefan Zweig. Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Stefan Zweig is a remarkable writer who had a remarkable life, but is not nearly as well known as he deserves to be, as Simon Gray discovered when he was attracted by the cover of his only novel, Beware of Pity.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature....it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008. Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed. Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

Cast:

Anton Hofmiller....Piers Wehner

Edith....Bryony Hannah

Kekesfalva....Ronald Pickup

Dr Condor....Jasper Britton

Josef....Michael Jayston

Ilona....Mabel Clements

Ferencz....Jack Chedburn

Jozsi/Flowerseller - Tai Lawrence

The Apothecary - Jason Devoy

Director: Jane Morgan

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Stefan Zweig.

Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature - it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008.

Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed.

Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

The effects of the pity felt by a soldier for a crippled girl.

012011112720111203
20140526 (BBC7)
20140527 (BBC7)

A young man and the effect that his pity for a young crippled girl has on both their lives

By Stefan Zweig. Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Stefan Zweig is a remarkable writer who had a remarkable life, but is not nearly as well known as he deserves to be, as Simon Gray discovered when he was attracted by the cover of his only novel, Beware of Pity.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature....it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008. Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed. Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

Cast:

Anton Hofmiller....Piers Wehner

Edith....Bryony Hannah

Kekesfalva....Ronald Pickup

Dr Condor....Jasper Britton

Josef....Michael Jayston

Ilona....Mabel Clements

Ferencz....Jack Chedburn

Jozsi/Flowerseller - Tai Lawrence

The Apothecary - Jason Devoy

Director: Jane Morgan

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Stefan Zweig.

Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature - it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008.

Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed.

Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

The effects of the pity felt by a soldier for a crippled girl.

02 LAST2011120420111210
20140527 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)

Hofmiller apparent 'social blunder' sets him on a most perilous course of deception.

By Stefan Zweig. Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

What had seemed to Hofmiller to be merely a social blunder has had unforeseen consequences and he's now embarked on a most perilous course of deception.

Stefan Zweig is a remarkable writer who had a remarkable life, but is not nearly as well known as he deserves to be, as Simon Gray discovered when he was attracted by the cover of his only novel, Beware of Pity.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature....it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008. Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed. Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

Cast:

Anton Hofmiller - Piers Wehner

Edith....Bryony Hannah

Kekesfalva....Ronald Pickup

Dr Condor - Jasper Britton

Colonel/ Josef....Michael Jayston

Ilona - Mabel Clements

Ferencz - Jack Chedburn

Director: Jane Morgan

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Stefan Zweig.

Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature - it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008.

Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed.

Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

What had seemed to Hofmiller to be merely a social blunder has had unforeseen consequences

02 LAST2011120420111210
20140527 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)

Hofmiller apparent 'social blunder' sets him on a most perilous course of deception.

By Stefan Zweig. Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

What had seemed to Hofmiller to be merely a social blunder has had unforeseen consequences and he's now embarked on a most perilous course of deception.

Stefan Zweig is a remarkable writer who had a remarkable life, but is not nearly as well known as he deserves to be, as Simon Gray discovered when he was attracted by the cover of his only novel, Beware of Pity.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature....it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008. Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed. Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

Cast:

Anton Hofmiller - Piers Wehner

Edith....Bryony Hannah

Kekesfalva....Ronald Pickup

Dr Condor - Jasper Britton

Colonel/ Josef....Michael Jayston

Ilona - Mabel Clements

Ferencz - Jack Chedburn

Director: Jane Morgan

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Stefan Zweig.

Dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.

Simon Gray took the book on holiday with him and used it as an escape from worrying about his cancer and the likely prognosis, "it being too good to read except with the closest attention" and he became immersed in the story of "a young man betrayed by his own unwonted impulses, his own nature - it's the way that the novel single-mindedly, almost obsessively, illustrates and analyses the destructive power of a single emotion -if that's what pity is - that makes it unique, at least in my experience."

Simon Gray embarked on a dramatisation of the book for Radio 4, but it was unfinished at his death in 2008.

Another writer, Clare McIntyre, was also attracted by the story and wrote a stage version, but she too died before it was completed.

Stephen Wyatt has taken on the task of writing a two part radio version based on Clare McIntyre's material, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November and 4 December, with a cast that includes Piers Wehner, Bryony Hannah, Ronald Pickup, Jasper Britton & Michael Jayston.

What had seemed to Hofmiller to be merely a social blunder has had unforeseen consequences