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Dream Story
Paperback - English

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."


Dream Story, first published in 1926, was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick called Eyes Wide Shut (1999), starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. In this superb translation, we recognize the full force of Schnitzler's masterwork.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
1931243484
EAN
9781931243483
Publisher
Publication Date
01/06/2003
Pages
143
Dimension
15.24cm x 10.67cm x 1.02cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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Schnitzler, Arthur
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





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