Night Games and Other Stories and Novellas These artful new translations of nine of Arthur Schnitzler s most important stories and novellas including Dream Story on which Stanley Kubrick based his widely acclaimed film Eyes Wide Shut reinforc

  • Title: Night Games and Other Stories and Novellas
  • Author: Arthur Schnitzler Margret Schaefer John Simon
  • ISBN: 9781566635066
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • These artful new translations of nine of Arthur Schnitzler s most important stories and novellas including Dream Story, on which Stanley Kubrick based his widely acclaimed film Eyes Wide Shut reinforce the Viennese author s remarkable achievement as literary modernist, depth psychologist, and prose stylist The psychologically complex and morally ambiguous tales of loveThese artful new translations of nine of Arthur Schnitzler s most important stories and novellas including Dream Story, on which Stanley Kubrick based his widely acclaimed film Eyes Wide Shut reinforce the Viennese author s remarkable achievement as literary modernist, depth psychologist, and prose stylist The psychologically complex and morally ambiguous tales of love and adultery, dream and reality, desire and death in Night Games prove Schnitzler to be fully the equal of his great contemporaries Kafka, Rilke, and Musil, and justify Freud s praise of his knowledge of depth psychology The collection includes powerful early works such as The Dead Are Silent and Geronimo and His Brother as well as late masterpieces such as Night Games and Dream Story Schnitzler creates memorable characters and makes original and masterful use of inner monologue, stream of consciousness, and unrealiable narrator techniques that he was among the first, if not the first, to use to explore the complexities of their inner lives even as he delineates their social world with elegance and wit The results are comic, tragic, powerful, and psychologically compelling tales of love, sex, and death that often surprise They are as fresh and relevant to us today, a century later, as when they were first written.

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    1. Arthur Schnitzler Margret Schaefer John Simon

      Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist.The son of a prominent Hungarian Jewish laryngologist Johann Schnitzler and Luise Markbreiter a daughter of the Viennese doctor Philipp Markbreiter , was born in Vienna in the Austro Hungarian Empire, and began studying medicine at the local university in 1879 He received his doctorate of medicine in 1885 and worked at the Vienna s General Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour of writing.His works were often controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition though actually as a result of sensitive introspection everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons 1 and for their strong stand against anti Semitism, represented by works such as his play Professor Bernhardi and the novel Der Weg ins Freie However, though Schnitzler was himself Jewish, Professor Bernhardi and Fr ulein Else are among the few clearly identified Jewish protagonists in his work.Schnitzler was branded as a pornographer after the release of his play Reigen, in which ten pairs of characters are shown before and after the sexual act, leading and ending with a prostitute The furore after this play was couched in the strongest anti semitic terms 2 his works would later be cited as Jewish filth by Adolf Hitler Reigen was made into a French language film in 1950 by the German born director Max Oph ls as La Ronde The film achieved considerable success in the English speaking world, with the result that Schnitzler s play is better known there under Oph ls French title.In the novella, Fr ulein Else 1924 , Schnitzler may be rebutting a contentious critique of the Jewish character by Otto Weininger 1903 by positioning the sexuality of the young female Jewish protagonist 3 The story, a first person stream of consciousness narrative by a young aristocratic woman, reveals a moral dilemma that ends in tragedy.In response to an interviewer who asked Schnitzler what he thought about the critical view that his works all seemed to treat the same subjects, he replied, I write of love and death What other subjects are there Despite his seriousness of purpose, Schnitzler frequently approaches the bedroom farce in his plays and had an affair with one of his actresses, Adele Sandrock Professor Bernhardi, a play about a Jewish doctor who turns away a Catholic priest in order to spare a patient the realization that she is on the point of death, is his only major dramatic work without a sexual theme.A member of the avant garde group Young Vienna Jung Wien , Schnitzler toyed with formal as well as social conventions With his 1900 short story Lieutenant Gustl, he was the first to write German fiction in stream of consciousness narration The story is an unflattering portrait of its protagonist and of the army s obsessive code of formal honour It caused Schnitzler to be stripped of his commission as a reserve officer in the medical corps something that should be seen against the rising tide of anti semitism of the time.He specialized in shorter works like novellas and one act plays And in his short stories like The Green Tie Die gr ne Krawatte he showed himself to be one of the early masters of microfiction However he also wrote two full length novels Der Weg ins Freie about a talented but not very motivated young composer, a brilliant description of a segment of pre World War I Viennese society and the artistically less satisfactory Therese.In addition to his plays and fiction, Schnitzler meticulously kept a diary from the age of 17 until two days before his death, of a brain hemorrhage in Vienna The manuscript, which runs to almost 8,000 pages, is most notable for Schnitzler s cas

    790 thoughts on “Night Games and Other Stories and Novellas”

    1. A crucial body of work featuring some of Schnitzler s finest moments as a writer, this collection consists of seven short stories, The Dead are Silent , Blind Geronimo and His Brother , A Farewell , The Second , Baron von Leisenbohg s Destiny , The Widower , and Death of a Bachelor , which all are of a pretty high standard Plus two superb novellas, the dramatic Night Games which opens the book, and Dream Story , it s darkly seductive Finale All have about them themes of love and death, which app [...]

    2. A fairy tale, a dream, a nightmare The opening of Dream Story begins with the innocence of a young girl reading a fairy tale However, the narrative almost immediately drifts into a not so innocent glance look between the girl s parents Suddenly they are remembering a masquerade ball and the reader is drawn into the parents world where reality is like a dream and truth and lie flow into one another.Dream Story narrates the emotional life of a a couple, Fridolin and Albertine, who are living banal [...]

    3. Utterly remarkable Easy to see why Freud was so in awe of this man s depth of insight into our psyches Most of the stories stare into the abyss of a life s illusions being pitilessly ripped away by contrast, the one with an unambivalent happy ending was one of the most moving literary experiences I can recall, readily moving me to tears Magnificent.

    4. Without doubt the best collection of fever dreams I ve ever come across Intoxicating and surreal Many thanks to Kubrick for introducing me to this author Will definitely be checking out his other works.

    5. Schnitzler s short stories are emblematic of the social decay in Austria on the eve of the demise of its monarchy Great stuff for anyone interested in modernist literature.

    6. I picked this up because I wanted to read Traumnovelle, the basis for Kubrick s final film Eyes Wide Shut While that one was good, the other stories were excellent too Schnitzler shows an ability to explore the subconscious cracks between social norms and conventions I m definitely going to be seeking out his other work.

    7. Arthur Schnitzler is considered a great Viennese author, maybe the best from the turn of the 19th 20th centuries His books reflect a bizarre culture consumed by honor as in duels , sex especially extra marital and death His stories always touch on these three subjects but not in equal proportions in each story They are fascinating tales, some with fairly happy endings, some with sad, melancholy endings and many in between But each of them is an interesting look at life in the dying days of the A [...]

    8. Schnitzler is a great author of short stories This is a good collection of many of them, although I wish it had background in addition to the narratives.

    9. Dr Freud loved Schnitzler s Dream Story Traumnovelle , and I second his admiration It s the rarest gem of this mesmerizing collection.

    10. Pure genius Amazing insight into people s motives and passions Arthur Schnitzler was a natural born psychoanalist.

    11. The prose is somewhat attractive, but these are altogether very simple stories about extramarital affairs and gambling and backstabbing friends and other middle class tribulations like that The characters are almost invariably childish and self obsessed, which took me out of their world.If one s interested in Freud s Vienna years and early psychoanalysis they might find something here, because these stories are a bit like puzzles that can be unlocked with the murmurs of Freud s early research Bu [...]

    12. Dream Story is the highlight The rest are bleak tales of gambling, infidelity, suspicion and betrayal More depressing than entertaining.

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