Dream story by Arthur schnitzler

Schnitzler lived in turn of the century Austria He was good friends with Freud and was also a doctor like his friend he is probably best known for his play la ronde that caused a storm of controversy in its day and wasn’t performed to after he did .The book is a slim Novella just under a 100 pages long ,it follows a married couple in vienna over two days .The couple Albertine and Fridoline ,the story start when Albertine admits to her Husband an attraction to a young solider on the couples previous years holiday ,this leads to a swapping of sexual fantasy and a wanting to carry them out ,so over the space of two-day the couple experience the seedier side of vienna’s nightlife and the man y fetishes and kinks they can experience because of the time .This isn’t as good as they thought .

Albertine was the first to find the courage  to make a frank confession ;and with a trembling voice she asked Fridolin  if he remembered a young man the previous summer on the Danish coast who had been sitting with two officers at the table next to them on evening ,and who had promptly on receiving a telegram during the meal ,had promptly taken a hast leave of his two friends .

fridolean nodded ,what about him ? he asked .#

Albertine confesses to fridolean.

As you’d expect for a friend of Freud and a writer in the time of Viennese decadence this book is full on at times maybe not as shocking as in its day it can still open your eyes and holds a glass up toi a free society before the rise of hitler and post first world war ,the book was adapted in to a film by Stanley Kubrick ,a bit like the peirne books it took just over an evening to read and was clearly written and nicely translated by J M Q Davis ,the book maybe highlights the danger of indulging too much in your fantasy ,also how marriages work .

winstons score –

manga rabbit they are like rabbit in one way and fantasy like manga in another way .

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amymckie
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 10:30:22

    How funny, I *almost* packed this book to take with me on my trip I’m currently on but ended up leaving it behind. Now I’m wishing I had it here 🙂


  2. Emily Jane
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 01:40:08

    I like the cover!


  3. Kevin Faulkner
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 12:51:50

    Did you know that this is the book that the film director Stanley Kubrick loosely based his last ever film ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ on ?


  4. Nymeth
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 09:14:04

    I have to say I also really love that cover. And the book sounds interesting, though definitely not as out there as it’d have been in its time.


  5. Max Cairnduff
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 20:39:55

    This is one of my favourite authors. Not sure if you’ll see this comment Stu but if you do I’ve covered his Dying and his Fraulein Else at mine. Both are spectacular.

    I must read this one.


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