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Dream Story : Penguin Modern Classics - Arthur Schnitzler

Dream Story

Penguin Modern Classics

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Published: 1st July 1999
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Like his Viennese contemporary Sigmund Freud, the doctor and dramatist Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) was a bold pioneer in exploring the dark tangled roots of human sexuality. Schnitzler is probably most famous for La Ronde, a play too scandalous to publish or perform in his own lifetime but whose daisy-chain of couplings inspired both Max Ophuls's classic film and David Hare's modernised version, The Blue Room, which played to sell-out audiences in the West End and on Broadway. Dream Story is an equally erotic work, in which a married couple are first traumatised and then achieve a new depth of understanding by confessing to each other their sexual fantasies, dream-like adventures and might-have beens. Taking us on a guided tour of Vienna's seedy cafes, red-light district, decadent villas, hospitals and morgue, Schnitzler brilliantly uncovers the violence and depravity lurking beneath the surface of civilised society. Dream Story is the inspiration for the film Eyes Wide Shut, co-written by Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael.

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)

ISBN: 9780141182247
ISBN-10: 0141182245
Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1