Bachelors

ISBN-10: 1566636116
ISBN-13: 9781566636117
Edition: 2006
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Description: In Margret Schaefer's third collection of newly translated fiction from Arthur Schnitzler, we find him focusing a clear and unforgiving eye on the minds of men who desire, fantasize about, and try to relate to women. Young or old, they are all  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 8/24/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In Margret Schaefer's third collection of newly translated fiction from Arthur Schnitzler, we find him focusing a clear and unforgiving eye on the minds of men who desire, fantasize about, and try to relate to women. Young or old, they are all bachelors--a young officer (Lieutenant Gustl), a middle-aged physician (Doctor Graesler), an aging roue (Casanova's Homecoming). Although Schnitzler's topic is relationships, his theme here as elsewhere is isolation--and the losses, fears, self-doubts, and self-absorption that make it inescapable. For no matter how much social and erotic contact the men in these tales have with women, in the end they cannot escape their own terrifying aloneness.

Arthur Schnitzler, Viennese playwright, novelist, short story writer, and physician, was a sophisticated writer much in vogue in his time. He chose themes of an erotic, romantic, or social nature, expressed with clarity, irony, and subtle wit. Reigen, a series of ten dialogues linking people of various social classes through their physical desire for one another, has been filmed many times as La Ronde. As a Jew, Schnitzler was sensitive to the problems of anti-Semitism, which he explored in the play Professor Bernhardi (1913), seen in New York in a performance by the Vienna Burgtheater in 1968. Henry Hatfield calls Schnitzler "second only to Hofmannsthal among the Austrian writers of his generation and one of the most underrated of German authors... . He combined the naturalist's devotion to fact with the impressionist's interest in nuance; in other words, he told the truth" (Modern German Literature). In his most famous story, Lieutenant Gustl (1901), Schnitzler employs the stream-of-consciousness technique in an exposition of the follies and gradual disintegration of society in fin de siecle Vienna. Schnitzler has also been linked with Freud (see Vols. 3 and 5) and is credited with consciously introducing elements of modern psychology into his works.

Foreword
The Murderer
Casanova's Homecoming
Lieutenant Gustl
Doctor Graesler

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