Dream Story

Dream Story

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By (author) Arthur Schnitzler, Introduction by Frederic Raphael, Translated by J.M.Q. Davies

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141182245
  • ISBN 13: 9780141182247
  • Sales rank: 41,587

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This wonderful translation of "Dream Story" will allow a fresh generation of readers to enjoy this beautiful, heartless and baffling novella. "Dream Story" tells how through a simple sexual admission a husband and wife ware driven apart into rival worlds of erotic revenge.

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The extraordinary Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862-19310) was born in Vienna, the son of a prominent Jewish laryngologist, Schnitzler studies medicine at Vienna University but soon abandoned medicine for writing. From 1895 he attracted public attention as a dramatist. Concentrating on sex and death, his work shows a remarkable capacity to create atmosphere and to pursue profound, ruthless and often Freudian analysis of human motives.

Editorial reviews

This wonderful short story, upon which Stanley Kubrick based his last film, Eyes Wide Shut, is a powerful exploration of human sexuality. Fridolin and Albertine are a happily married couple; but when she confesses to having been attracted to a stranger she glimpsed in a hotel, so much so that she would have left Fridolin, their child and their life just to spend one evening with him, the whole basis of their relationship is questioned. Fridolin is plunged into despair by her revelations; he wanders the streets full of anguish and discovers an underworld of sexual depravity beneath the veneer of civilized society. The couple's misadventures are described cooly so that the prose is erotic without being poronographic, and it is up to the reader to decide if they are true or part of a larger dream. (Kirkus UK)