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Night Games

And Other Stories and Novellas

John Simon; Arthur Schnitzler and Margret Schaefer - Foreword by John Simon - Translated by Margret Schaefer

These artful new translations of nine of Arthur Schnitzler's most important stories and novellas—including "Dream Story," on which Stanley Kubrick based his widely acclaimed film Eyes Wide Shut-reinforce the Viennese author's remarkable achievement as literary modernist, depth psychologist, and prose stylist. The psychologically complex and morally ambiguous tales of love and adultery, dream and reality, desire and death in Night Games prove Schnitzler to be fully the equal of his great contemporaries Kafka, Rilke, and Musil, and justify Freud's praise of his knowledge of depth psychology. The collection includes powerful early works such as "The Dead Are Silent" and "Geronimo and His Brother" as well as late masterpieces such as "Night Games" and "Dream Story." Schnitzler creates memorable characters and makes original and masterful use of inner monologue, "stream of consciousness," and unrealiable narrator-techniques that he was among the first, if not the first, to use-to explore the complexities of their inner lives even as he delineates their social world with elegance and wit. The results are comic, tragic, powerful, and psychologically compelling tales of love, sex, and death that often surprise. They are as fresh and relevant to us today, a century later, as when they were first written. « less more »
Ivan R. Dee
Pages: 288Size: 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
978-1-56663-386-4 • Hardback • November 2001 • $28.50 • (£18.95)
978-1-56663-506-6 • Paperback • March 2003 • $16.95 • (£10.95)
Arthur Schnitzler (1862–1931), Austrian physician, dramatist, and novelist, was among the most sophisticated writers of his time. Margret Schaefer, who has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, has written on Wilde, von Kleist, and Kafka as well as on the history of psychoanalysis and psychology. She lives in Berkeley, California. Her translation of Arthur Schnitzler's Night Games won the 2002 Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award for a book of translations published by a Northern California author.
Part 1 Foreword vii
Part 2 Night Games 3
Part 3 The Dead Are Silent 83
Part 4 Blind Geronimo and His Brother 101
Part 5 A Farewell 125
Part 6 The Second 141
Part 7 Baron von Leisenbohg's Destiny 161
Part 8 The Widower 179
Part 9 Death of a Bachelor 190
Part 10 Dream Story 202
Simply masterful...These clear, uncluttered translations are dreamlike.
The Review of Higher Education

Startlingly...life's universal themes are all here: the craving for erotic fulfillment, the fragility of love, the yearning for wealth, and the abruptness of death...these stories are rock-solid.
Publishers Weekly

One of the most distinctive and compelling voices of the early modernist movement is heard again in this elegant collection of nine urbane, perversely comic, deeply disturbing stories.

Margret Schaefer's fresh translation of nine stories and novellas brings most back into print for the first time in decades.
The Dallas Morning News

Love and adultery, dream and reality, desire and death