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The Road into the Open - Arthur Schnitzler

The Road into the Open

By: Arthur Schnitzler, Roger Byers (Translator), Russell A. Berman (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 22nd January 1992
ISBN: 9780520077744
Number Of Pages: 314

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A finely drawn portrayal of the disintegration of Austrian liberal society under the impact of nationalism and anti-semitism, The Road into the Open (Der Weg ins Freie, 1908) is a remarkable novel by a major Austrian writer of the early twentieth century. Set in fin-de-siecle Austria-the cafes, salons, and musical concerts frequented by the Viennese elite-Schnitzler's perceptive exploration of the creative process and the private lives and public aspirations of urban Jewish intellectuals ranks with the highest achievements of Karl Kraus and Robert Musil.

The novel's central character, Baron Georg von Wergenthin, is a handsome young composer whose troubled relations with women, musical collaborators, and representatives of the old social order make Schnitzler's book a revealing investigation of individual psychology and social allegory. In his comprehensive introduction, Russell Berman situates the book within the literary and political history of Central Europe and analyzes its relation to psychoanalysis, Marxism, musical aesthetics, and the legacy of European modernism.

"Of [Schnitzler's] many extraordinary novels and novellas, I recommend "The Road into the Open. The reader is struck by the emotional clarity with which Schnitzler treats autobiograhical material, for the callous, philandering Georg is an aristocratic, de-Semiticized version of himself."--"New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780520077744
ISBN-10: 0520077741
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 22nd January 1992
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36

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