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A novella that tells how through a simple sexual admission a husband and wife ware driven apart into rival worlds of erotic revenge.
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, 99 pages
Published July 1999 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1926)
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Megha
"Of course, one remembers some dreams, but there must be others one completely forgets, of which nothing remains but a mysterious mood, a curious numbness."
Atmospheric and haunting! Schnitzler's novella is a perfect Dream (or dream-like) Story. He doesn't create the kind of dream world that is engineered by hanging two moons from the ceiling. His world only consists of realistic things and events and yet it is shadowed by something intangible and unsettling. He simply colors the world his charac...more
Eddie Watkins
What a read! Before sticking my nose into this I had no idea how faithful Eyes Wide Shut is to this novella, almost scene for scene, but as usual the book outdoes the movie; though unfortunately I could not rid my mind of the movie's images as I was reading. I actually like Tom Cruise but I don't want him and his brilliant white choppers in my head when I'm reading. Begone shorty!

There's something very reminiscent of Chekhov in Schnitzler's writing - a kind of styleless style wedded to superb s...more
Emilian Kasemi
What a great book!
Schnitzler focuses on the issue of marriage, or rather in the lack of communication that, triggered by any occasional reason, suddenly disrupt the balance of the man-woman relantionship.
The child falling asleep while reading a fable, the tender smile of their parents, Fridolin and Albertine, finally alone, under the warm glow of the lamp; a quiet middle-class family.
But the facade deceives, the reality is illusory, and conceals a tangle of doubts, anxieties, aggression and rep...more
Hadrian
Freud meets Chekhov in decadent Vienna. Dreams, repression, love, lust, marriage, all that good stuff. Kubrick made a movie out of it. If this doesn't grab your attention, I'm not sure if I know you anymore.
Ginny
Sogno e realtà si confondono in questo enigmatico racconto, tutto incentrato sui misteri dell’eros e sul tradimento relegato a puro desiderio o inutilmente perseguito.
Il tema della maschera, che ricorre insistente nel corso della narrazione, simboleggia la complessità del mondo interiore e l’ambiguità dell’immagine che l’individuo offre di sé, specie nel rapporto di coppia.
È in seguito a un ballo in maschera che prendono consistenza le fantasie sessuali e i desideri inappagati di Albertine e F...more
Lee
Made a sound like pshaw when I finished it a few seconds ago. I'm a rare fan of Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and so I looked forward to this, but found it too close to the film and yet nowhere near as vivid. A cool thing in the movie is the color scheme -- red, blue, and purple. Blue-inflected scenes represent fidelity, domesticity. Red scenes represent temptation, fantasy. Purple scenes are a mix, a conflict of the fidelity and fantasy. Once you pick up on this, you see that every scene is themat...more
Blumenfeld
Traumnovelle is a haunting book and I find its original version a tad more complicated in its choice of words than English translation.

It is beautifully ambiguous, hazy and concerns sexual matters, jealousy (do not overshare with your partner!), sensibility and a lot more. Well, it may be read like one of your dirty&scary dreams. Anyone who calls it soft porn must be a hell of a prude, sorry! Either that or he/she is too easily impressed with such words as 'breasts' or 'naked'. Yes, women in...more
Vale
C'è quella sensazione che a volte ci pervade, quando abbiamo finito di leggere un libro o siamo appena usciti da una sala cinematografica, e che ci fa capire che la storia non è finita lì, ma che ci accompagnerà per sempre. Doppio Sogno è uno di quei rari casi in cui si ha la certezza che qualcosa in noi è cambiato e che d'ora in avanti guarderemo le persone in maniera differente. Il simbolo del libro? La maschera. Il tema della storia? Il doppio che è in ciascuno di noi. Il desiderio del protag...more
Sketchbook
The translation of my edition, titled "Rhapsody : A Dream Novel," via Otto P. Schinnerer, is tedious and colorless. (I read it 2xs). I fully understand what Schnitz is up to, but I prefer the Freudian landscape of D H Lawrence. Kubrick's mishap has vaporized for me, though I recall his orgy sequence as being by someone who'd never risked this diversion. As Schnitz felt, however, illusion is more desirable than truth.
Andrew
It's German and decadent. I should have read it ages ago. In fact I intended to, but then when I was 18 or 19, right after I'd bought a copy, my sister-in-law absconded with it.

So...

An appropriate title. The entire pace of the novel is dreamlike, and fits well with the music of another Austrian luminary of the period, Arnold Schoenberg. The plot itself is relatively simple, and while it is unfortunate that it is known to my generation as the Eyes Wide Shut plot (good luck finding a single review...more
Shannon  Ingram Valentine
The title Dream Story perfectly encompasses the feeling Schnitzler accomplishes as he takes his readers on an otherworldly journey along with his protagonist, Fridolin. In the end, the question remains: Are these real events or is this a story of Fridolin’s dream and an inquiry into the human mind including our underlying impulses, desires, and fears.

I am inclined towards the latter opinion. The events unfold randomly in what seems to be distorted time.

It seems Schnitzler is bringing to light q...more
Andrea
Basterebbe forse dire che l'autore decise di titolare la sua opera "Traumnovelle" (doppio sogno) per rendere l'assonanza con la celebre opera di Freud, suo contemporaneo, "Die Traumdeutung" (l'interpretazione dei sogni).<br />La trama, che potrebbe apparire semplice, è un profondo viaggio introspettivo nell'inconscio dei due protagonisti, una coppia apparentemente perfetta dell'alta borghesia. La crisi si scatena da una semplice discussione tra i coniugi che si confessano pulsioni represse...more
Julia Boechat Machado
Um relato confessional e onírico.
O Zweig dizia que quando se lembrava de um livro de Schnitzler não lembrava de cenas, personagens, diálogos, mas da atmosfera. Isso porque a vida interior de seus personagens nos impressiona mais do que suas ações. Suas emoções ficam melhor gravadas em nossa mente do que os acontecimentos que as determinam. Tudo porque Schinitzler, em sua maturidade cética, recusava-se a considerar a verdade como sendo inteiramente verdadeira, pois sentia, através de tudo, potên...more
Marzieh rasouli
دوتا داستان بود. داستان اولی انقد هیجانش زیاد بود که من رو جمله‌ها می‌دوئیدم که هی بفهمم بعدش چی می‌شه. اینجوری افسارگسیخته خوندنو دوست دارم. داستان دومی رو که کوبریک آیز واید شاتو از روش ساخته نتونستم مستقل بخونم چون مدام صحنه های فیلم می یومد جلوی چشمم. فیلم عینن از رو داستان رویا ساخته شده و تفاوت هاش با داستان خیلی کمه. نباید قبل از خوندن داستان برم فیلمش رو ببینم ولی بعضی وقتا کتابه در دسترس نیست یا خیلی بعدتر به دستم می‌رسه.
Riccardo
Il doppio sogno del titolo è quello attraverso il quale, sia pure in modi diversi, Albertine e Fridolin, una coppia di coniugi con una vita rispettabile e normale, sogna di sfuggire al grigiore e alla piattezza del proprio matrimonio favoleggiando di tradimenti immaginari. Per Albertine questo tentativo di fuga dalla realtà si realizza attraverso il mondo onirico, mondo onirico che le permette di rivivere, con finali diversi, le proprie avventure sentimentali del passato. Per Fridolin questo sog...more
Travis Mcclain
Originally published in 1926, Dream Story (originally Traumnovelle) was the basis for Stanley Kubrick's final film, 1999's Eyes Wide Shut. The premise is simple enough: Following a masquerade ball, Albertina confides in her husband, Fridolin, the lust she felt for Danish sailor she encountered on a previous vacation. Still digesting this bubble-bursting confession, he is called away because one of his patients, a Councilor, has suffered a heart attack. By the time Fridolin arrives, the Councilor...more
ilaria
3 stelline, sono generosa. Letto in trio.

Premessa

Ieri sera, per ingannare l'attesa, ho incominciato dalla prefazione al libro (ed. Newton&Compton, introduzione di Giorgio Manacorda). Di solito non lo faccio mai, ma, a questo giro, volevo arrivare preparata.
In questa si fa un'analisi abbastanza accurata di ciò che si va a leggere. Meno male che ho visto il film di Kubrick, per cui, leggere questa introduzione al testo non mi ha rovinato troppo la sorpresa (già so).

Si è parlato moltissimo del...more
Alangreen
I have registered with GoodReads simply so that I can comment that this is one of the worst books I have ever read.
It is middle-brow soft-porn of the most banal sort. I should perhaps say that I only read it because it is a set text on a university course I am doing. I realise that I am reading it in translation, but the language is so remarkably cliche-ridden and trite. We are supposed to be reading about deep, disturbing experiences and for me it all comes over as if the central character is o...more
Ne
Visto que li a versão da Biblioteca de Verão do JN e não sei se a minha opinião não será injusta, por isso espero que tenham em atenção este aspecto.
Este conto, que retrata um periodo de tempo da vida de Fridolin, mostrou ser algo oco. Este texto não tem grande conteudo e baseia-se apenas numa personalidade infantil de um adulto, em que só porque a mulher Albertine lhe contou que teve um sonho erótico com outro homem, Fridolin vai procurar aventuras deste género fora do seu casamento. Além de nã...more
Jelena
“Traumnovelle” is a very good paradigm of an era. When considering the elements of the Viennese fin du siècle it is very much à la mode.

The story about a doctor’s unconventional nightly encounter and his relationship to his wife is based on go-to components of turn-of-the-century literature: the Freudian importance of dreams and their projection onto reality, the (again Freudian) sublimated or repressed erotic desires, the question of illusion and reality, a decadent upper class. But even witho...more
Emerson Bahr
I have two people to thank for this book, Sigmund Freud and Stanley Kubrick. Arthur Schnitzler (the author) lived in Vienna during the same period as Freud. The two bounced ideas off of each other and Schnitzler crafted Dream Story being inspired by his colleague. Dream Story is a novella in which Fridolin, a Viennese doctor, who after learning that his wife considered having sex with another man goes on a dark sexual journey during one evening. Fridolin must make the journey twice and revisit e...more
Nicole
Like everyone else, I imagine I felt driven to acquire and read this book in the name of the forthcoming Stanley Kubrick movie. To hear such a genius refer so highly to a single work instills a deep desire to see for yourself. After finally landing a copy (without tossing too much from the old wallet), I completed the book in a near single sitting. Schnitzler's novella mesmerizes. He deftly tapped into the hidden desires and uncontrollable urges, thoughts and desires of us all. To want what we d...more
Ricardo de Almeida Rocha
Não muito mais que um longo conto, Breve romance de sonho (Traumnovelle), por meio de uma escrita sofisticada que representa as situações segundo uma ótica singular, está bastante próximo de um conto de terror e todavia também não muito longe de uma história de amor. Situada entre festas (quase cerimônias) de máscaras, entre a vigília de duas noites de um médico e sonhos, sonhados ou reais – a fronteira é tênue –, talvez introduza a literatura em alguma coisa que quase por definição já lhe dever...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Libretto da cento pagine che leggi velocemente in un paio d'ore se proprio ci tieni a fare una lettura attenta del racconto.

In ogni caso, personalmente, ci ho messo cinque minuti per dimenticarmene e passare ad altro. Probabilmente non l'ho capito ma non mi ha neanche invogliato a mettermi d'impegno per una lettura più attenta; ad essere sincero ho trovato più ad "effetto" la transposizione cinematografica [Eyes Wide Shut] di Kubrick.

Trovo sinceramente un po' pretenzioso che da un sogno erotic...more
Anna
Is dreaming about something as bad as doing it?
I liked the whole idea behind it but the story in itself was… special?
Albertina’s dream seemed as bad, if not worse than Fridolin’s night escapades. For him to actually hate his wife for that was maybe a little over the top?
And his whole night didn’t really seem real either. Was he dreaming too? You’re left with a lot of questions after reading this, with a big question mark on your forehead.
If I had been Fridolin, I would have been asking myself...more
Pečivo
Buď sem u eyes wide shut usnul, nebo to bylo uplně jinak než v knížce. což se v historii kinematografie a literatury nikdy nestalo, že by to bylo jinak! knížka 5/5. a v knížce to nicol kidman sluší mnohem víc.
Brian
After letting this book collect dust on my bedside table I finally decided to power through this short novel and get it back to the friend who let me borrow it. This is the novel that Stanley Kubrick's last masterpiece, Eyes Wide Shut was made from. It's the story about how the dream world can influence your state of mind, it's like the movie in which you can not tell where the dream begins or ends. One theory is that the entire book is a dream but I would like to believe some of the action is r...more
Rododaktylos Eos
Un romanzo breve, o forse sarebbe meglio dire un racconto lungo, che ho divorato in poche ore, trascinata da una prosa scorrevolissima.
La narrazione si apre con una tranquilla scenetta famigliare, una coppia borghese tranquilla e piuttosto felice che accompagna a dormire l'amata figlioletta, nulla di più canonico e regolare. Fino a quando, però, i ricordi delle emozioni suscitate da un ballo in maschera non incrinano questa razionale tranquillità: Fridolin e Albertine si raccontano eventi passat...more
Víctor Sampayo
Relato soñado, pequeña obra maestra de Arthur Schnitzler, explora de forma alucinante ciertas zonas oscuras de la vida de pareja, allí donde suelen guardarse los anhelos más inconfesables, ésos que tarde o temprano suelen emerger, ya sea a través de aventuras oníricas o mediante deseos truncos, en los que el principal muro podría ser la propia cobardía.

Aquí mi reseña completa.
Procyon Lotor
doppio genio L'autore, che al tempo in cui scrisse tir� fuori una vicenda assai particolare dove il protagonista � un uomo ma pensa della donna che gli � a fianco come a un essere del suo mondo non una appendice o a una "tinca" per mandare la storia avanti. Sagace nell'attirarvi in trappola, pregusterete le delizie dei riservatissimi club erotici terrorizzandovi sincronicamente con il protagonista. Non sarete mai nella comoda posizione di chi da sopra osserva sapendone di pi�. Questo tocca ad al...more
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Dr. Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist.
Arthur Schnitzler, son of a prominent Hungarian-Jewish laryngologist Johann Schnitzler and Luise Markbreiter (a daughter of the Viennese doctor Philipp Markbreiter), was born in Praterstraße 16, Leopoldstadt, Vienna, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and began studying medicine at the University of Vienna in 1879. He received his doctorate o...more
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“Am I sure? Only as sure as I am that the reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, can ever be the whole truth.” 4 likes
“- Acho que devemos estar gratos ao destino por termos saído ilesos dessas aventuras - tanto as reais como as que sonhámos.
- Tens a certeza disso? - interregou ele.
- Sim, como também tenho a certeza que não é a realidade de uma única noite, nem a de toda uma vida que corresponde à verdade intrínseca de um ser humano.
- Nem sonho algum - suspirou ele calmamente - é inteiramente sonho.
Albertine segurou-lhe a cabeça com ambas as mãos e encostou-a ao seio.
- Agora estamos plenamente acordados - observou ela - por muito tempo.”
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