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Angel Classics Selected Short Fiction

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Arthur Schnitzler is best known for his plays, such as La Ronde and The Game of Love, but his short fiction, in which the pulse of early twentieth-century Vienna can be felt as in no other writer, is no less masterly. Characteristic of this observer of the late Habsburg world of balls, adultery and duels is an ironic, bitter-sweet tone reminiscent of another doctor-turned-writer, Anton Chekhov. Schnitzler's intuitive understanding of the human psyche was much admired by his contemporary Sigmund Freud, and the primary focus of his stories is on the volatile, turbulent inner lives of his characters as revealed in dreams, unconscious sexual impulses, and psychopathic states. This volume containing thirteen stories provides the balanced selection of Schnitzler's short fiction that has long been needed. It ranges from short comic tales to dense novellas such as Lieutenant Gustl, Fräulein Else, and the superbly atmospheric late, dramatic tale of love and sudden death The Duellist's Second.

These distinctly modern stories, a number of them translated into English for the first time, brilliantly display the social and psychological awareness of their author.

'... masterly psychological observation, characteristically Viennese wit and a vigorously amoral attitude towards erotic situations.' Charles Osborne, Sunday Telegraph

'Stiff-backed duellists, hysterical adulterers, sinister mesmerists and lecherous dwarves haunt the Freudian Vienna of this mixed collection. Formally adventurous monologues link individual neuroses with a wider social pathology.' Guardian

Title details

Series Angel Classics Title Selected Short Fiction
Subject German Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date December 1999 Authors Arthur Schnitzler / J M Q Davies
Binding Paperback Pages 224
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 303
ESB Code 55358 ISBN 9780946162499
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  Price £10.95

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