When Marie realises, with horror, that Felix is intent on making her fulfill her rash vow to die with him, she is left with a terrible conundrum: how can she escape with her life without compromising the self-imposed decorum of attending to the wishes of her dying lover? Schnitzler’s talent as a dramatist shines through in this engrossing and shocking psychological study set in fin de siecle Vienna.
‘Schnitzler was a remarkable and versatile talent who adapted for his artistic purposes both the new techniques of psychoanalysis and what was later to be known as the stream of consciousness’–John Bayley, TImes Literary Supplement
Arthur Schnitzler was born in Vienna in 1862, the son of a prominent Jewish doctor, and studied medicine at the University of Vienna. In later years he devoted his time to writing and was successful as a novelist, dramatist and short story writer. Schnitzler’s work shows a remarkable ability to create atmosphere and a profound understanding of human motives. Pushkin Press will publish a new translation of Die Traumnovelle, the novel by Schnitzler upon which Stanley Kubrick’s based his notorious film Eyes Wide Shut.