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A married couple, Fridolin and Albertina, are troubled by events and jealous of each other's attentions the night before at a masquerade ball. Suddenly, Fridolin, a doctor, is summoned to the bedside of a dying man, an elderly councilor, whose daughter he finds attractive and vaguely sensual. So begins a series of involvements throughout the night in increasingly dangerous and deviant sexual adventures for Fridolin, who, taken by a friend to a "secret" party, is forced to make more choices that seemingly are beyond his control. The dream-like events are rendered more frighteningly real through Schnitzler's powerfully detailed descriptions, as little by little Fridolin gives in to the demands of the secret celebrants. Do these represent real acts, or is the very fact that he imagines them enough to symbolize his moral decay? Schnitzler gives no answer, but Fridolin himself comes to realize that "No dream is entirely a dream."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 6" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Green Integer
ISBN 1931243484 ISBN13 9781931243483
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More About Arthur Schnitzler & Otto P. Schinnerer
Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) is one of the best-known Austrian playwrights and novelists. Performances of his play "Roundelay "("La Ronde") provoked riots and led to the author's being tried on obscenity charges. He was acquitted, but he banned the play from being performed in his lifetime. His works include N"ight Games: And Other Stories and Novellas" (Ivan R. Dee, 2001), T"he Lonely Way" (Lightning Source, 2001), "The Road to the Open" (Northwestern, 1991), and "Dream Story" (Penguin U.K., 1999), the basis of the film "Eyes Wide Shut," William Cunningham is a professor of German in the Classical and Modern Languages Department at the University of Louisville. He is also the author of "Martin Opitz: Poems of Consolation in Adversities of War "(Bouvier, 1974). David Palmer was a professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Louisville. He died in Spring 2000.
Arthur Schnitzler was born in 1862 and died in 1931.
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Delightful Jul 12, 2007
`Dream Story' is now a famous novella on account of Kubrick's mediocre film `Eyes Wide Shut,' but it remains a fabulous literary exploration of infidelity and the Freudian conceptualization of Eros. After over eighty years, Schnitzler's prose remains fresh and mysterious like a cold, damp Viennese alley. It is the story of a young couple's adventures in infidelity both real and of the unconscious. After a jealous fight, the protagonist leaves his home and wife and wanders the deep recesses of Vienna in search of sexual gratitude and revenge. He encounters a lonely widow, the young promiscuous daughter of a shop owner, and religious orgy. He returns and his wife reveals dreams of infidelity and betrayal. Schnitzler is probing the darker and more painful dimensions of human sexuality, the fact of Eros, the fact of desire, both real and imagined. After a moment of reconciliation the bourgeois home has come full circle; `Dream Story' is brilliant in its ability to be both conventional and provocative. It is a wonderful novella of intrigue, sexuality, and love.
Do You See What You Expected When You Look Behind The Mask? Nov 16, 2005
In a short novel of one-hundred pages length set after the turn of the twentieth century Arthur Schnitzler, the contemporary of Sigmund Freud, elegantly poses an implicit question. Are life, intentions and consciousness what they seem and would it matter were one's motives other than their outcome? Dream Story came to me in the reverse order to what is typical. Having seen the film by Stanley Kubrick the masterful direction and intriguing premise acted as impetus for seeking out the book from which the former was adapted. Never mind that Kubrick is unlikely to be bettered; such was the quality of the film, Eyes Wide Shut. Moreover, it was unlikely that Kubrick would pick anything less than a winning novel as his outline to work on. In twenty four hours the realities of a physician used to dealing with the corporeal and physical is altered once faced with the surprise, trauma and discovery of puzzling and nefarious happenings not oordinarily out in the open. Apparently, nothing is what it seems and reckoning only yields more questions. Forced to avert his eyes from the facade, the charlatans and the masquerade because of his emotions and coercion from a secret society Fridolin, the protagonist, comes to believe that what is most grounded in reality is something one cannot touch, namely feeling, emotions and intentions. Temptation might carry the battle, but the war is won by honesty, bonds of relationship and trust in the hidden motive. Ultimately, as Fridolin and his wife Albertine concur, trusting in original intent surmounts momentary lapses or deviations from that essence. It is a lesson worth pondering.
Good writing, but too badly finished off to be worth reading May 13, 2004
Arthur Schnitzler - "Dream Story" (1926)
A potentially interesting book, about the period of just a day in one man's life - but lacking any sufficient ending to do justice to the material, and ending up as a mere fragment. At the end, a prostitute is in hospital but we are not told why; a secret meeting took place, but its function is never explained; a woman acting as a saviour at the secret function may have been killed or may not have been, but we are not told more about her fate; an old piano-playing friend goes missing but we are left in the dark as to what happened to him after that. Why raise these questions in the reader's mind, then just drift the plot off into nothing? What was the point of the thing? The quality of writing, as expression, is good, but the book fails to go anywhere sufficiently significant and conclusive by the end to have justified taking the reader on the journey there. The reader is let down at the end, being given only half a story and a lot of straggly ends that drift off to nothing, creating a feeling of dissatisfaction. The book posed too many questions but then failed to answer them and was only half a book, cheating the reader out of a story worth reading.
1 star out of 5
An outdated novella of Freudian symbolism Oct 17, 2002
Published in 1926, Arthur Schnitzler's DREAM STORY ("Traumnovelle") is a novella of dark Freudian images and plays on the merging of the conscious and subconscious in human life. Forgotten for several decades, it has returned to print with Stanley Kubrick's last film EYES WIDE SHUT, which was a somewhat faithful adaptation set in the present day. DREAM STORY tells of a married couple in Vienna, perhaps at the turn of the 20th century though the date is unspecified. While having what begins as a friendly conversation one evening, Albertine confesses to her physician husband Fridolin that during a vacation in Denmark the previous summer she felt she could leave him and their daughter behind for a handsome naval officer who was staying in the same hotel. Fridolin, shocked that his marriage isn't terribly stable and that his wife could maliciously leave him, is then called to visit a patient. From there he encounters several women in his journeys through Vienna and eventually gains entrance to a upper-class orgy (presented somewhat differently than the black mass of Kubrick's film). The action takes place over only two days, and this slim volume can be read in a mere two hours. I can't comment on this translation, having read the translation into Esperanto by Michel Duc Goninaz, but the novel's meaning is based on symbolism that wouldn't lose much in translation, though one must be aware that the German names of the characters (and the Schreyvogelgasse, a Viennese street) are linked. People owning a German dictionary will get a little more out of this novella.
Arthur Schnitzler was quite enamoured by the theories of Sigmund Freud, so much so that Freud joked that he would never meet the novelist because of the belief that one would die upon encountering his double. DREAM STORY is full of allusions to Freudian psychology, and the orgy is both a real event and a representation of Fridolin's subconscious. Albertine's dream recounted to Fridolin afterwards, told in unrealistic detail that shows Schnitzler is trying too hard for a roman a clef, echoes the previous action eerily and hence the title of the novella. It is because of its Freudian basis that DREAM STORY is ultimately disappointing. Freudian psychology has been taken some heavy blows in favour of the theories of Jung and Lacan, so this story shows its age. And while it would seem at first that Schnitzler is being progressive in saying that women do indeed think of sexuality, it is apparent that Schnitzler believes that women unhealthily desire sex only as a tool to hurt and strike out, as Albertine insinuates several times that she would take great pleasure in abandoning Fridolin for a purely physical relationship with a younger man. As a result of this basis, DREAM STORY is quite out of date and misogynist.
I really couldn't recommend DREAM STORY, unless one has an interest in Freudian psychology and its application, in which case this novella is a treasure of the thought of the period. While recommending the movie over the book is a reversal of the usual order of things, I'd recommend simply watching EYES WIDE SHUT. Stanley Kubrick was aware of many of the flaws of the source material and fixed a few of them, and the art direction and cinematography are superb. The novella doesn't have much going for it.
Schnitzler at his best Mar 7, 2002
To be quite honest, I had no idea that Dream Story was the inspiration for Eyes Wide Shut. It's quite unfortunate that Schnitzler should finally have garnered the attention of a wider reading audience because of some cheap Hollywood flick.
Since I have no interest in the movie, I have no way of relating the book to it, but I would like to point out the fact that some of the other reviews are unreasonably harsh in their criticism of Schnitzler. He is a superb writer, a keen observer of human emotions and behaviours.
Perhaps the problem lies in the fact that the story was written nearly a century ago (it was published in 1926, but I understand that it was probably written prior to World War One). It is easy then for the modern reader to interpret the story out of context, since much of what made the story so titillating has long since become commonplace.
One thing that I want to point out that was mistakingly claimed in a previous review is that the couple was "happily married." Not so. It is quite evident in the first few pages that Fridolin and Albertine have grown weary of one another. Both are tempted to engage in extramarital relationships, yet are incapable of actually carrying them out. We see this first-hand from Fridolin's perspective as time and again he finds himself in situations where he could easily submit to the temptation.
In my opinion Dream Story is an excellent read, and a work that I wish would not have been subjected to the indignity of being associated with some cheap Hollywood flick.