Dream Story



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Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatistThe 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 He received his doctorate of medicine in and worked at the Vienna s General Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour of writingHis 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 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 workSchnitzler 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 his works would later be cited as Jewish filth by Adolf Hitler Reigen was made into a French language film in 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 titleIn the novella, Fr ulein Else , Schnitzler may be rebutting a contentious critique of the Jewish character by Otto Weininger by positioning the sexuality of the young female Jewish protagonist The story, a first person stream of consciousness narrative by a young aristocratic woman, reveals a moral dilemma that ends in tragedyIn 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 themeA member of the avant garde group Young Vienna Jung Wien , Schnitzler toyed with formal as well as social conventions With his 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 timeHe 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 ThereseIn addition to his plays and fiction, Schnitzler meticulously kept a diary from the age of until two days before his death, of a brain hemorrhage in Vienna The manuscript, which runs to almost , pages, is most notable for Schnitzler s cas.

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  1. says:

    Am I sure Only as sure as I am that the reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, can ever be the whole truth The Bride 1918 by KlimtIt all begins with a confession of sorts as his wife Albertine tells him of a fantasy she had involving a man that she saw on their vacation Fridolin also confesses that he had desired a young woman on the beach It seems fairly harmless after all When we marry, we don t go numb from the waist down and the neck up We continue to notice Am I sure Only as sure as I am that the reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, can ever be the whole truth The Bride 1918 by KlimtIt all begins with a confession of sorts as his wife Albertine tells him of a fantasy she had involving a man that she saw on their vacation Fridolin also confesses that he had desired a young woman on the beach It seems fairly harmless after all When we marry, we don t go numb from the waist down and the neck up We continue to notice attractive people and continue to be titillated by charming and intelligent ones, as well It could be a ruggedly handsome waiter in a restaurant or a pretty pearl wearing bartender or a French beret wearing poet or a saucy librarian with libidinous thoughts There are a host of emotions that are involved with noticing that our spouse is interested in some other person If it is one sided, it can just be amusing or mildly annoying If the interest is reciprocated, then it can unleash a torrent of reactions from fear to pride to jealousy to finding your spouse that muchalluring because someone else recognized those qualities that you may have started to take for granted Flirtations or mild crushes, in most cases, just adds a bit of spice to life For Fridolin, this confession of his wife, even though his confession is very similar, unmoors him It is as if the possibilities of his life are suddenly opening up to him, and women whom he met every day suddenly take on the glow of possibility Soon after the dream confessions, Fridolin, who is a doctor,, is called out to a client in dire health Unfortunately, his trip is for naught as the man has passed when he arrives Thus begins one of the strangest evenings, an odyssey really, of Fridolin s life By the end of the night, he has met a series of women, all women who are interested in sleeping with him and all whom he would like to sleep with In thinking about which he would prefer, he canot decideTo the little Pierrette Or to the little trollop in the Buchfeldgasse Or to Marianne, the daughter of the dead Court CounsellorIt does not matter for they are all about to be replaced by a woman he is on the verge of meeting in precarious circumstancesFridolin was intoxicated, and not merely by her presence, her fragrant body and burning red lips, nor by the atmosphere of the room and the aura of lascivious secrets that surrounded him he was at once thirsty and delirious, made so by all the adventures of the night, none of which had led to anything, by his own audacity, and by the sea change he felt within himself He stretched out and touched the veil covering her head, as though intended to remove it He has fallen into a secret sex club with the help of his piano playing friend Nachtigall He isn t supposed to be there He was never supposed to meet this woman with the burning red lips He is supposed to be home with his wife and daughter Though it is an evening fraught with sexual possibilities, he is like a man walking through a museum admiring the intriguing paintings, but touching none of them His wife hasdreams to confess Look at all that hair the young Arthur Schnitzler had.Arthur Schnitzler s work was considered filth by Adolf Hitler Anything that upsets that goose stepping, stiff necked, little pipsqueak should be read by the rest of the civilized world with reverence Schnitzler was born in 1862 and died in Vienna in 1931 If he had lived long enough, the Nazis would have most certainly beaten him and had him thrown in some damp hole for being the Viennese Henry Miller, a few decades before Miller knew he was Miller If his writing was not enough of an incentive to bring him to the attention of the Third Reich, certainly his Jewish ethnicity would have condemned him just as quickly Schnitzler had numerous affairs, sometimes with several women at the same time He kept a Journal for most of his life and dutifully recorded not only every assignation, but every orgasm A bit OCD about the adventures of his willie, wouldn t you say The venerated Viennese doctor of psychology Sigmund Freud said in a letter to Schnitzler, I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition although actually as a result of sensitive introspection everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons Was there a bit of Freudian jealousy in that observation Does Freud need some time on his own couch Fridolin may have thought about making conquests of women, but Schnitzler turned thought into deed Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut Is it just me or do those wire rimmed glasses make her look very naughty Stanley Kubrick directed a film based on this novel called Eyes Wide Shut, 1999 starring the then married Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise I know I watched the film, but I don t remember a bloody thing about it I must have been plastered or snogging or both when I watched it, so I must apologize for not being able to make at the very least some pithy remarks comparing the film to the book I have a feeling the two may have very little to do with each other, but I m sure out there in GR land, there are several people who can weigh in on whether the film conveyed Schnitzler s thoughts or was just a jumping off place for Kubrick Kidman Cruise to explore their own ideas A quick read with some fascinating observations about relationships, the brain, and our natural unnatural attractions to the people we come into contact with If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also 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    The big shock and surprise for me about this story was that it written in 1926, it feels like something that belongs to an era twenty or thirty years earlier, perhaps that is part of the point.In a cafe by chance the main character Doctor Fridolin, meets his old friend Nightingale, Nightingale has a wife and four children back in Lemburg who he supports by playing the piano badly in various shady establishments The thing is that in 1926 Lemburg wasn t Lemburg, it was Lwow and had been for a few The big shock and surprise for me about this story was that it written in 1926, it feels like something that belongs to an era twenty or thirty years earlier, perhaps that is part of the point.In a cafe by chance the main character Doctor Fridolin, meets his old friend Nightingale, Nightingale has a wife and four children back in Lemburg who he supports by playing the piano badly in various shady establishments The thing is that in 1926 Lemburg wasn t Lemburg, it was Lwow and had been for a few years this type of thing can happen to you if you are a city, you sit around minding your own business then suddenly somebody imposes a change of identity on you or maybe they reveal your true identity, or allow the potential for a new identity to emerge Something that seems at first very absolute and stable literally a fact on the ground, turns out to be insubstantial and provisional and indeed a little while down the road the city would be L vov, and then L viv Is one name, one identityreal,correct, or did they all co exist in reality, just that mostly only one is on display at anyone time Yet the city is a fact It does exist, it did exist, it will exist, just what it is called changes and each name implies a radically different reality without the reorientation of a single street or even the remodelling of a modest house To me, that is what the story is about, hello city, are you Lemburg, or Lwow or really L viv Or do I perceive a certain L vovness about your cafes and restaurants Are all these names just masks Does the mask hide, does it protect or project This is a geographical story, with clearly marked zones and spaces The Fridolin at the beginning of the story has a safe space, within this space are himself, his wife and their daughter, however nothing happens and as a result of that his space is revealed in fact to be polluted In the cafe, hard working Fridolin flicks through the newspapers, he is reassured and settled by what he reads people are dying horribly in foreign places which he didn t even know existed He talks to Nightingale Weird, potentially depraved things happen he asserts, in Romanian castles view spoiler well obviously, Dracula, electoral fraud, financial insider dealing, Vlad the innumerate bookkeeper take your pick hide spoiler out there, a definite place but beyond Fridolin s territory In Lemburg there is the wife and child zone, Vienna is the work zone and in the wallet is some money that belongs correctly to Fridolin, a debt is repaid, however Nightingale asserts that Vienna is not what Fridolin is familiar with, no, weird things happen, secret societies, masked faces, naked bodies everything smells of sex Fridolin decides he wants in to transition from safe space to a danger zone Later Fridolin visits the mortuary, the mortuary we can read as the underworld, traditionally there the hero is given certain and precise guidance This mortuary is presided over by Doctor Eagle, Fridolin is neither an eagle nor a nightingale, but each attracts him non sexually as representing a certain attitude towards life, science versus sensuality In a modern world we can read the mortuary as a place of science, definite, precise, analytic Fridolin looks at a woman Is she a woman who may have protected him, or not All he can see is that this woman is dead, the woman he knew was alive, he moves through a space of secret knowledge but within himself finds only doubt and uncertainty.Fridolin and his wife exchange almost erotic memories, once, says Fridolin, I saw a naked teenaged girl walking down a gangplank early one morning, just as the sun was rising by the seaside But we look at this and how difficult it is for Fridolin is she a girl or a woman Is this virginal innocence or a sexual display that is, frankly whorish Is this a family holiday and therefore a safe zone, or is it out there in dangerous Denmark The answer I feel is, Hello Dr Freud, also geographic, specifically in that particular zone between the ears, above the tongue and below the scalp Is there something weird happening out there on the mean streets of Vienna, ought he be frightened that his daughter s bedtime story spills over into his wife s erotic dream, should he fear the removal of the mask He is bumped against by a member of a student fraternity harmless accident or evidence of hostility on the street, he turn he suspects both Can he cope with himself without the constant projection of his own lust on to others In the end maybe a naked juvenile of the female variety enjoying the privacy of the early morning by the seaside is just that, as a Doctor we might think his duty was to warn her of the dangers of sunburn as a man we know he is doing a not so good a job of repressing his sexuality because it pops up everywhere and troubles him.It is though a very cold story, oddly enough for a exploration of a man in a certain psychological state wanting to have sex with all the women but when specific opportunities come his way he turns away, believing with some fierceness that everybody around him is busily having sex almost whereever he goes and to me it felt like a Freudian word association game hearse Death Death Sex Sex Danger Danger Exposure.Blargh what a lot I ve written about a story that didn t even impress me so much, I might eventually learn to be concise I think Jewishness and Vienna are essential here, Vienna was both a relatively safe space for Jews in the twilight of the Austro Hungarian empire, but also a city in which anti Semitism had become fused into main stream politics You might want to pass unnoticed, being exposed, unmasked, might be dangerous Also, hello Dr Freud, come in, sit down I would offer you a cigar but I see you already have one, this the city of the discovery of the unconscious, most of us are too unlike turn of the century Viennese to find Freud congenial anyI guess, but we are considering a culture both interested in atypical human psychological states and in the realisation that what we see isn t what we get, we see the mask that is presented to the world, but beneath the L viv, is the L vov, and under that the Lwow, which covers the Lemberg, the mask projects I am a German city, I am a Polish city, I am a Soviet city, I am a Ukrainian city, but also hides, and hides we might feel, quite reasonably, to protect itself help, I am confused, I m not sure who I am, or if I like who I am, or if any of this is real, yet I seem to be substantial I have streets and schools and public transport.Whose dream is this story Fridolin s, his wife s Vienna s Ours

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    A game of gallantry, seduction, resistance and fulfilment with a whiff of freedom, danger, and adventure That s the intention, anyway Many editions have one of Klimt s golden paintings on the cover a mystical, sexual enticement that seems to fit the dreamy, steamy story At first But recreate those pictures with real people, as above, and they become disturbing in a way that is farappropriate to the full dark arc of the story This novella takes place over barely 48 hours It ope A game of gallantry, seduction, resistance and fulfilment with a whiff of freedom, danger, and adventure That s the intention, anyway Many editions have one of Klimt s golden paintings on the cover a mystical, sexual enticement that seems to fit the dreamy, steamy story At first But recreate those pictures with real people, as above, and they become disturbing in a way that is farappropriate to the full dark arc of the story This novella takes place over barely 48 hours It opens with an idyllic family scene and fond reference to the frisson of flirting at a masked ball the night before But masks rarely symbolise anything benign, especially not black masks Fidelity, Temptation, and Truth If we promise and expect fidelity, we re usually thinking of sexual exclusivity, but the word also means truth, in the sense of a full and accurate recreation or reportage Where does honest confession of sexual infidelity real or imagined fit Is relishing the fantasy of betrayal as bad as committing it in the flesh, as the Bible says Is seeking temptation, but not submitting to it, dishonourable, dangerous, or brave Is true love unconditional, or is that an impossibility Love of one s child would probably survive their deliberate harm of one s partner, but would the converse be true What if both partners get a thrill from an admission of infidelity What if that flower of arousal then ripens into the toxic fruit of jealousy Truth and Dare Neither the reality of a single night nor even of a person s entire life can be equated with the full truth about his innermost being. Deep, honest, and frequent communication is oft cited as the key to a happy long term relationship, including sharing though not necessarily carrying out fantasies With self tormenting anxiety and sordid curiosity, each sought to coax admissions from the other. Such truths can be exciting and arousing, but are risky too As Algy says in Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest see my review HERE , The truth is rarely pure, and never simple Fridolin is unexpectedly disoriented by Albertine s fairly innocuous fantasy, despite his encouraging her to share it He embarks on a night of costumes, passwords, clandestine encounters, secret societies, rituals, dire warnings, confusion, revenge, and redemption When he returns, he finds Albertine laughing in a dream, and when she awakes, he implores her to describe the dream Just a dream But such a dream It changes everything, and what has been said cannot be unsaid Fridolin is unmoored and rudderless, as he sets sail on unfamiliar, choppy waters, for another voyage of strange encounters and enquiries, destination unknown Dreams may not be real , but their effects can be The Reality of DreamsNo dream is altogether a dreamThe pages are suffused with the vocabulary of doubt about reality and free will melancholy enchantment secrets magically infused illusions masks dreams brooding menace intoxication mysterious people, events, and places soporific atmospheres being enveloped by a sultry fragrance, and surrendering to a swelling melody, as if under compulsion The dark, disorienting, surreal, sexualised mood reminded me of scenes from Kafka Everything was becoming increasingly unreal His very identity This confusion is not so strange Boundaries between dreams and reality can be uncomfortably hard to discern When my mother in law recently came round from a week of heavy post op sedation, she recounted bizarre events as real A fortnight later, she began to realise they were drug induced dreams, even though they still felt too real to be dismissed as such And when reading this, I had a couple of nights of vivid and memorable dreams to the extent that during one dream, I remembered the dream from the previous night, and wondered if I was dreaming that imagined world again The veil is thin we are easily confused How much licence does that give us to explore and experiment, in mind and maybe body Fridolin s adventures appear to be real, in vengeful response to Albertine s imagined and dreamed exploits But readers cannot be certain, and I m not sure the protagonists are either Fridolin, a doctor, questions whether he is hallucinating, and later plans to recount what he thinks are real events as if they were dreams, but neither point is definitive That is the intoxicating essence of the story Quotes Real people had all withdrawn into the realm of ghosts Those trivial encounters became magically and painfully interfused with the treacherous illusion of missed opportunities In every woman with whom I thought I was in love, it was always you that I was searching for He quickened his pace, as if to escape all forms of responsibility and temptation Her blood red mouth glistened beneath her black lace mask The torment of unsatisfied longing for the mysterious woman s body, whose fragrance still caressed him Fridolin s eyes roved hungrily from sensuous to slender figures, from budding figures to figures in glorious full bloom and the fact that each of these naked beauties still remained a mystery transformed his indescribably strong urge to watch into an almost intolerable torment of desire Fridolin was intoxicated, and not merely by her presence, her fragrant body and burning red lips, nor by the atmosphere of the room and the aura of lascivious secrets that surrounded him he was at once thirsty and delirious The breeze even warmer andspringlike, seemed to bring with it a mild fragrance from the distant wakening woods The treacherous warm air, pregnant with dangers A triumphant sunbeam coming in between the curtains The culmination of many allusions to thawing, spring, and liberation Notes This story was filmed by Stanley Kubrik as Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman I ve reviewed and compared the film, via the screenplay HERE, but in summary, the plot is very similar, but the atmosphere is very different A year before Eyes Wide Shut was released, Kidman starred in the premiere of David Hare s play, The Blue Room, which is based on Schnitzler s La Ronde Daily Telegraph theatre critic, Charles Spencer, coined the phrase theatrical Viagra for the production It seems appropriate that I reread this around the time Oxford Dictionaries announced post truth as their Word of the Year 2016, albeit from its use in global political, rather than inter personal contexts I read this in 2008 and in November 2016 This review replaces my two sentence one from 2008 The image at the top is Inge Prader s recreation of Klimt s The Beethoven Frieze See

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    But now that the day work was done the child had gone to bed and no disturbance was likely the shadowy forms of the masquerade, the melancholy stranger and the red dominoes, rose again into reality And all at once those insignificant events were imbued, magically and painfully, with the deceptive glow of neglected opportunities Fridolin and Albertina names that seem destined to be part of a commedia del arte show are a young and happily married couple in pre war Vienna, that city that But now that the day work was done the child had gone to bed and no disturbance was likely the shadowy forms of the masquerade, the melancholy stranger and the red dominoes, rose again into reality And all at once those insignificant events were imbued, magically and painfully, with the deceptive glow of neglected opportunities Fridolin and Albertina names that seem destined to be part of a commedia del arte show are a young and happily married couple in pre war Vienna, that city that was the very symbol of the belle epoque era, a hub of scientific research and of elegantly wasting your life to the tune of a Strauss waltz They are living their happy ever after dream life, raising a child, taking care of a private doctor s practice, basking in the warmth of their shared feelings for each other But they are both wearing masks, even after returning home from a fashionable evening at a bal masque Behind the conventional picture of marital happiness lurks the shadowy urges of the subconsciousThey spoke of those mysterious regions of which they were hardly conscious but toward which the incomprehensible wind of fate might some day drive them, even if only in their dreams For though they were united in thought and feeling, they knew that the preceding day had not been the first time that the spirit of adventure, freedom and danger had beckoned them I read somewhere that Sigmund Freud congratulated Schnitzler on the story, remarking how extraordinary it is for an artist to feel and to describe instinctively what he has spent hundreds of hour analyzing in his patients We are creatures of secret and sometimes irrepressible urges, desires that we may or may not acknowledge in the light of day Night time is the time to let our dreams run wild against the background of our conventional daily routine Fridolin, surprised to discover through conversations with Albertine that she is capable of virtual infidelity and of harbouring sexual fantasies about strangers, sets out to roam the dark streets of Vienna in search of answers to his divided loyalty how can he be so jealous of things he is also guilty of Does he love her less ornow that he discovered she is his equal also in this virtual dance he was moving farther and farther away from his everyday existence into some strange and distant world The imagery of bourgeois complaisance, night time revels and masquerades makes it very tempting to draw parallels between Dream Story and Steppenwolf , which I read earlier this year and with Belle de Jour from last year All three novels are coming from the same prewar period, challenge accepted social norms and announce sexual emancipation I believe they are still relevant today due to the talent of their respective writers and to their instinctive grasp of human nature I know that it s dangerous Perhaps that s the very thing that tempts me The whole adventure might be nothingthan a figment of Fridolin imagination, of his repressed desires and yearning for freedom and adventure even while happily marriedWasn t he feverish Perhaps at this moment he was lying at home in bed and everything he thought he had experienced was merely delirium also,Then the idea occurred to him not deliberately but as a flash across his mind to drive to some station, take a train, no matter where, and to disappear, leaving everyone behind He could then turn up again, somewhere abroad, and start a new life, as a different personality What is important though are not the spicy details of Fridolin s gloomy and ambiguous revels or the form of Albertine s sexual fantasies, but the acknowledgement that we are all wearing masks and that granting others the same benefit of the doubt and the same freedoms we give ourselves is the start on the road to acceptance and understanding.Great stuff here in an elegant and concise package Recommended later I forgot to mention I did the see the movie version when it first came out, but I can t remember a thing from it rather boring, but then I m not a fan of Tom Cruise

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    What a read Before sticking my nose into this I had no idea how faithful Eyes Wide Shut is to this novella, almost scene for scene, but as usual the book outdoes the movie though unfortunately I could not rid my mind of the movie s images as I was reading I actually like Tom Cruise but I don t want him and his brilliant white choppers in my head when I m reading Begone shorty There s something very reminiscent of Chekhov in Schnitzler s writing a kind of styleless style wedded to superb s What a read Before sticking my nose into this I had no idea how faithful Eyes Wide Shut is to this novella, almost scene for scene, but as usual the book outdoes the movie though unfortunately I could not rid my mind of the movie s images as I was reading I actually like Tom Cruise but I don t want him and his brilliant white choppers in my head when I m reading Begone shorty There s something very reminiscent of Chekhov in Schnitzler s writing a kind of styleless style wedded to superb storytelling with an emphasis on mundane details that manage to bore deep into the characters psyches Literary pragmatism if you will Maybe these similarities have something to do with both being doctors roughly around the same time But Schnitzler is infected in a darkly deliciously sinister way with a viral sexuality that manifests as suppurating boil after boil in sentence after sentence in the dream narrative of this novella This is a masterpiece unpeeling layer after layer of reality to show that there is no core reality besides sex and death maybe , only illusion after illusion.Something that helps create the dream atmosphere of this book are the inconsequential details that Schnitzler includes, such as when Fridolin Tom Cruise comments to himself on the smell of the costume as he s putting it on There s no other mention of this, but it s just this kind of detail in one s own dreams that seems so pregnant with unspecified meaning and significance, and it works in the same way in the book.The one thing I liked better about the movie was Nicole Kidman s line at the end And on a side note I ve come to think that most novels are simply too long and involved if they re good to adapt to movies, that short stories and novellas areappropriate, and Dream Story helped prove this to me

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    Of course, one remembers some dreams, but there must be others one completely forgets, of which nothing remains but a mysterious mood, a curious numbness Atmospheric and haunting Schnitzler s novella is a perfect Dream or dream like Story He doesn t create the kind of dream world that is engineered by hanging two moons from the ceiling His world only consists of realistic things and events and yet it is shadowed by something intangible and unsettling He simply colors the world his charac Of course, one remembers some dreams, but there must be others one completely forgets, of which nothing remains but a mysterious mood, a curious numbness Atmospheric and haunting Schnitzler s novella is a perfect Dream or dream like Story He doesn t create the kind of dream world that is engineered by hanging two moons from the ceiling His world only consists of realistic things and events and yet it is shadowed by something intangible and unsettling He simply colors the world his characters inhabit with a hypnotic quality that seduces the reader into the dream scape And how subtly he does that Little details one elusive gesture, one innocent looking piece of the setting, one fleeting thought all come together beautifully to create the atmosphere The novella explores the intimate life of a married couple Schnitzler digs into the psyche of his characters by gently leading them to a space where their hidden thoughts, desires and anxieties find the freedom to manifest themselves He lets the characters assess what constitutes truth and reality for them And once the spell breaks, they can go back to continue living the illusion of real life they create for themselvesI 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 personsFreud in a letter to Schnitzler Wikipedia.Whether the events in the novella happen for real or was Schnitzler only staging an illusion I will leave that for you to decide through your own reading Perhaps it won t even matter Just as sure as I am that the reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, is not the whole truth And no dream, he said with a slight sigh, is entirely a dream Best read in a sitting or two

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    Until last week I was enjoying three things from Austria Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart s musicArnold Schwarzenegger s films andVienna s Apple Strudel.Now there is a fourth thing I enjoy from Austria Literature.I loved Stefan Zweig s novella Chess Story when I read it back in 2015, and I enjoyed this small novella called Dream Story Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzer a name that looks very similar to Schnitzel onething originating from Austria I bought this book mainly because I want to read Until last week I was enjoying three things from Austria Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart s musicArnold Schwarzenegger s films andVienna s Apple Strudel.Now there is a fourth thing I enjoy from Austria Literature.I loved Stefan Zweig s novella Chess Story when I read it back in 2015, and I enjoyed this small novella called Dream Story Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzer a name that looks very similar to Schnitzel onething originating from Austria I bought this book mainly because I want to read all the books Stanley Kubrick adapted into film I read 6 out of 11 and by the end of the month I ll raise the number to 7.Even though I ve only seen the trailer of this novella s adaptation a.k.a Eyes Wide Shut I know it s loosely based and there wasfantasy than reality in this book.There is also a lot of Freudian psychology in this book Freud another Austrian and Schnitzler knew each other We see a couple confessing to each other.Doctor Fridolin and his wife Albertina it reminds me of the word libertine a person, who freely indulges in sensual pleasures without regard to moral principles.She confesses her sexual fantasies with probably a hung military officer from Denmark she saw while they were on vacation there.Then the doctor admits he had also been attracted to a young girl during that same vacation.Then we see Fridolin s wanderings through the streets of Vienna to pursue his own personal fantasies.He encounters a secret society s orgy, he meets with a prostitute at a brothel, and comes in contact with a woman s corpse in the morgue among other experiences.Of course the whole novella leaves many things unsaid.Were Fridoli s experiences a dream or not How many of them were real and how many of them true.In other words reality and dream are indistinguishable The interesting thing is that in German dream and trauma are almost identical words Dream Traum Trauma Trauma So maybe the author choose this word Traum intentionally to show that dreams Tr umen can carry traumas Traumen as well.Schnitzler s works were called Jewish filth by Adolf Hitler and were banned by the Nazis in Austria and Germany.So that s onereason to read this novella.Whatever anger ed s the Nazis is good to be enjoyed to the fullest.This edition includes an introduction by Frederic Raphael who co wrote Eyes Wide Shut with Stanley Kubrick.Also, the cover is a detail of a beautiful painting called The Bride by Gustav Klimt, yet another Austrian, a painter.I m not sure if my review is enlightening or endarkening you opinion whether you should read this book or not but I can only say as a conclusion that I enjoyed Schnitzler s writing and I hope I ll enjoy Kubrick s adaptation.Rating 7.5 10

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    A brilliant work Schnitzler explores the psychological and sexual tensions that exist in a marriage.On the surface the couple Albertine and Fridolin seem to be leading a normal,happy almost uneventful life.They have a child whom they both dote on.However both of them have certain deep physical and emotional desires which torment them ceaselessly.One night after returning from a party they muster the courage to be candid and start to narrate their fantasies to each other.Both of them desire othe A brilliant work Schnitzler explores the psychological and sexual tensions that exist in a marriage.On the surface the couple Albertine and Fridolin seem to be leading a normal,happy almost uneventful life.They have a child whom they both dote on.However both of them have certain deep physical and emotional desires which torment them ceaselessly.One night after returning from a party they muster the courage to be candid and start to narrate their fantasies to each other.Both of them desire other people.What starts of as an honest confession triggers a wave of sexual jealousy.Schnitzler beautifully captures these changes of mood.The language is sublime as some of the scenes he describes seem almost dream like.There is a constant tension in the prose between fantasy and reality.This book is one of the best I have read on the theme of marital relations

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    The inspiration for Stanley Kubrick s Eyes Wide Shut, this delicious little novella weaves unravels an enchanting story of love s disintegration Mesmerising and beguiling twisted and intricate deceptive and illuminating a scrumptious read It s fascinating to see how Kubrick interpreted this visually too.

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    Fridolin and Albertine are married with a child One evening Albertine confesses to Fridolin that she had sexual phantasies involving a man she had seen during their vacation That sets off Fridolin on an exploration into his life, his wishes and desires.In 1926, when this was originally published, it was probably a pretty scandalous book My thoughts werealong the lines of oh, another guy exploring his midlife crisis Which is probably really shallow of me Eroticism is only one aspect Fridolin and Albertine are married with a child One evening Albertine confesses to Fridolin that she had sexual phantasies involving a man she had seen during their vacation That sets off Fridolin on an exploration into his life, his wishes and desires.In 1926, when this was originally published, it was probably a pretty scandalous book My thoughts werealong the lines of oh, another guy exploring his midlife crisis Which is probably really shallow of me Eroticism is only one aspect of this novella It looks at our dreams, our wants and how we deal with them Go read some of the other reviews, they looked at this properly and made an effort to give you a well rounded and educated idea about this famous piece.The movie Eyes Wide Shut is based on this novella, but I have never watched it, so I can t say how it compares.The delivery of the German audiobook I listened to was pretty wooden

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