the ledge files
the ledge - nl - uk
Leutnant Gustl
Arthur Schnitzler
publisher: , 1901

translated as:
Lieutenant Gustl
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1993
translation: Richard L. Simon

refered to by:
James Joyce

The Radetzky March
Joseph Roth

full text search:

the ledge - flash version*


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


Lieutenant Gustl
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.
Dream Story
Story of a sexual frustration, filmed by Stanley Kubrick as Eyes Wide Shut.
make a note


Code (above)

The Ledge
editor-in-chief: Stacey Knecht,
Thanks to: De digitale pioniers and
Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Design: Maurits de Bruijn

Copyright: Pieter Steinz, Stacey Knecht
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author.