| the ledge files
the ledge - nl - uk
publisher: , 1901
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1993
translation: Richard L. Simon
refered to by:
The Radetzky March
|Bored at the opera, egocentric young Lieutenant Gustl contemplates which women are flirting with him; the fact that there are too many Jews in the army, which is the reason for 'all this anti-Semitism'; and an upcoming duel with a doctor who made an unflattering remark about the military. After the concert, impatient in the coat check queue, Gustl gets into a quarrel with a baker who threatens to break Gustl's sword in two if he doesn't calm down. Convinced he's been dishonored, Gustl decides|| he must commit suicide and spends the night walking the streets, weighing the repercussions of killing himself. When he arrives at his favorite cafe for a final breakfast, he becomes elated on learning that he can go on living because the baker died of a stroke just after their encounter. This novel is an early embodiment of modern skepticism and despair. And written in interior monologue, it demonstrates a Freudian influence.
- Publisher's Weekly
|BOOKS BY ARTHUR SCHNITZLER:|
Viennese author Schnitzler's brief 1901 novel depicts the Austrian crisis at the turn of the century and the impending collapse of the dream of the empire.
Story of a sexual frustration, filmed by Stanley Kubrick as Eyes Wide Shut.
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