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Dream Story

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  6,455 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
This wonderful translation of Dream Story will allow a fresh generation of readers to enjoy this beautiful, heartless and baffling novella. Dream Story tells how through a simple sexual admission a husband and wife are driven apart into rival worlds of erotic revenge.
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, 99 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published 1926)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
“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.”

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The Bride (1918) by Klimt

It all begins with a confession of sorts as his wife Albertine tells him of a fantasy she had involving a man that she saw on their vacation. Fridolin also confesses that he had desired a young woman on the beach.

It seems fairly harmless after all.

When we marry, we don’t go numb from the waist down and the neck up. We continue to notice att
May 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sexuality-gender

A game of gallantry, seduction, resistance and fulfilment” with “a whiff of freedom, danger, and adventure”.
That’s the intention, anyway.

Many editions have one of Klimt’s golden paintings on the cover: a mystical, sexual enticement that seems to fit the dreamy, steamy story. At first. But recreate those pictures with real people, as above, and they become disturbing in a way that is far more appropriate to the full dark arc of the story.

This novella takes place over barely 48 hours. It opens w
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
"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
Eddie Watkins
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austrian-fiction
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
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to FeReSHte by: Shayan Fz
Shelves: german

با وجود این که طی خوندن کتاب نتونستم ذهنم رو از شر صحنه های فیلم "چشمان کاملا بسته" آخرین فیلم کارگردان بزرگ، استنلی کوبریک راحت کنم -بخصوص که فیلم، جز به جز به کتاب وفادار هم بود- ولی باز هم کتاب فوق العاده و لذتبخشی بود. متن نسبتا فشرده ی کتاب، جایی برای پرداختن به حاشیه نگذاشته و باعث شده در مدت زمانی کوتاه یه اثر درخشان رو با لذت به پایان برسونید

فضای حاکم بر داستان تنیدگی بین وهم و واقعیته ..طوری که تشخیص مرز بین این دو ناممکن میشه

انعکاس نظریات فروید در باب عقده های سرکوب شده جنسی و تأثیر من
Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Με πολύ ενδιαφέρον διάβασα πως ο συγγραφέας είχε σκεφτεί έναν εναλλακτικό τίτλο γι’ αυτήν την νουβέλα: “Doppelnovelle” που δεν έχει την έννοια του διπλού αλλά εκείνου που υπάρχει με δύο παράλληλες μορφές. Υπάρχει ένα απόσπασμα που δεν προδίδει την εξαιρετικά ιντριγκαδόρικη υπόθεση του έργου και συνάμα φωτίζει κάπως αυτήν την προσέγγιση:

“Του ήρθαν στο νου κάποιες αλλόκοτες παθολογικές περιπτώσεις που είχε διαβάσει σε βιβλία ψυχιατρικής, για τις λεγόμενες διπλές ζωές. Ένας άνδρας που ζούσε υπό φυσ
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prinzipiell hat Arthur Schnitzler hier eine sehr gute Geschichte begonnen, diese Ehe voller Nadelstiche, kleiner Kränkungen und gegenseitiger Entfremdung. Leider steht in diesem Fall der literarische Typ der Novelle wieder mal gegen eine wirklich ausgezeichnete Aufarbeitung des angerissenen Themas. Ich finde einfach eine bzw. diese Beziehung ist viel zu vielschichtig und komplex, um derart kurz abgehandelt zu werden. Das merkt man auch beim Ende, als der Ehemann alles beichtet und dann ist alles ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: german, fiction, austria
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.
Cathy (cathepsut)
Fridolin and Albertine are married with a child. One evening Albertine confesses to Fridolin that she had sexual phantasies involving a man she had seen during their vacation. That sets off Fridolin on an exploration into his life, his wishes and desires.

In 1926, when this was originally published, it was probably a pretty scandalous book. My thoughts were more along the lines of "oh, another guy exploring his midlife crisis!" Which is probably really shallow of me. Eroticism is only one aspect
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-austria, e4
O ultimo filme de Stanley Kubrick, "De Olhos Bem Fechados", foi inspirado neste livro. Lembro-me vagamente do enredo e, fatalmente, foi o rosto de Tom Cruise e Nicole Kidman que visualizei nos protagonistas; o que diminuiu o factor surpresa e a tarefa de criar, na minha imaginação, as imagens das personagens e de algumas cenas. Mesmo assim, foi uma leitura interessante e absorvente.

Fridolin é casado com Albertine. Ao regressarem de uma festa, confessam um ao outro as suas fantasias e aventuras
Heidi Sauter
A fast, and at times exhilarating read of a bored couple, with two separate vignette’s of escape into a flight of fancy; the wife into the dream world of sexual desire, and the husband into the dark erotic lusts of the forbidden fruit in a secret cult’s meeting.

What was lacking in it for me was warmth; it came across as a very clinical and cold tale with no avail.
Sharing their escapades of repressed desires, didn’t seem to have brought them any closer after the events either.

It raises some quest
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muazzam! Yazar psikanaliz açısından rüyaları çözmüş, formüle edip edebiyata uyarlamış sanki. Boşuna edebiyatın Freud u dememişler sanki.
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nessun sogno è interamente un sogno.
Dean Dalton
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
For some reason my first thought after reading this was that Jeremy Irons would have been a far better choice to play the Fridolin character rather than Tom Cruise in the movie 'Eyes Wide Shut', which is based on this short story. It is a thought-provoking exploration of fantasy and jealousy within a marriage set against the backdrop of upper class Vienna and its seedy underbelly lurking beneath.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa
Obra maestra de sobriedad y suspenso, psicología, un retrato impecable de las relaciones humanas, las de pareja en especial, y sus muchas sutilezas, enredos, complicaciones, y los alcances del inconsciente.
Somayeh Pourtalari
واقعيت يك شب ، حتي واقعيت يك عمر زندگي در عين حال عميق ترين حقيقت آن نيست ...

١٩ ارديبهشت ١٣٩٥
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zeinab by: خانوم توکّلی بسیار عزیز :)
پیشنوشت: این ریویو باید، باید مفصّلتر از قبلیها باشد. سربههوایی کافی است.

روشنسازی: کتاب، شامل دو داستان _یا به قول آقای حدّاد، «نووِل»_ است: 1. بازی در سپیدهدم و 2. رؤیا.

متن 1: الحق که شنیتسلر خوب کرد نویسندگی پیشه کرد.

متن 2: مدّتها بود یکی از عناصر داستان را از یاد بردهبودم: «تعلیق»! داستانِ «بازی در سپیدهدم» به یادم آوردش. شرایط خیلی بحرانی بود و نویسنده بدون این که خواننده را آرام کند، ماجرای اصلی را توی ماست و پیاز خواباندهبود و رفتهبود سراغ شراب ملس مجاری و سیگار اصل مصری.

متن 3: کتاب را با
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Traumnovelle, Arthur Schnitzler
عنوان: بازی در سپیده دم و رویا؛ نویسنده: آرتور شنیتسلر؛ مترجم: علی اصغر حداد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نیلوفر، چاپ دوم 1391، در 212 ص، عنوان دیگر: رویا؛شابک: 9789644484322؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 م
دو داستان: بازی در سپیده دم ؛ و رویا
Lila Dimaki
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το διάβασα πριν πολλά χρόνια,αλλα ακόμα θυμάμαι την ατμοσφαιρικότητά του και ένα ιδιότυπο μυστηριακό κλίμα διάχυτο σε όλο το έργο.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fil by: un mammut arancione
La task sogno.
#1 Leggere un libro che descriva un "sognatore al cento per cento"
#2 Leggere un libro con un linguaggio surreale da sogno
#3 Leggere un libro dove vengono descritti sogni ad occhi chiusi
#4 Leggere un libro dove un sognatore vive nella realtà
#5 Leggere un libro ispirato da Freud
#6 Leggere un libro russo dove sia presente un sognatore
#7 Leggere un libro che descrive un sognatore disilluso
#8 Leggere, dopo aver completato i punti precedenti, un altro libro che descrive un "sognatore
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Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La cualidad que más sobresale no es la forma en la que Schnitzler pone sobre el mostrador la parte inquietante de las relaciones, sino la forma en la que nos confunde, esa sutileza con la que nos introduce en un sueño consciente en el que no sabemos cuánto hay de sueño y cuánto de realidad. Se puede leer el libro dos veces y seguir viendo cómo todo se confunde. Reseña completa:
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austria-and-k-k
Vor gut 15 Jahren habe ich - wenige Wochen nach Beginn des Bürgerkrieges - in einem kleinen Dorf in Nepal den Film "Eyes Wide Shut" gesehen, ein Kompromiss zwischen meinen nepalesischen Gefährten, die Bollywood Filme sehen wollten oder zumindest nackte Haut sehen wollten und mir, der ich Bollywood Filme oder Hollywood Action nicht mehr sehen konnte und etwas halbwegs intelligentes suchte. Der Film zeichnete sich durch bestenfalls mittelmäßige schauspielerische Leistung aber gute Regie und eine i ...more
Travis McClain
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Luís C.
I thought I had the answers to the questions I ask myself every time I see Eye Wide Shut which this new dream is adaptation.
Kubrick has drawn the close of the story, namely the duality of fantasies couple Fridolin and Albertine. The paper version is more detailed, more freudiène and of course less erotic date on which since 1926. But the themes are there: fantasies, prostitution, desire ...
The movie has added a more mysterious side accentuating the idea of ritual akin to immediately dive into a
Ana Lúcia
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
que procura ultrapassar o choque causado, pelas revelações e confissões mútuas das suas fantasias sexuais e aventuras imaginárias ou reais.
O que é real ?
O sonho pode ser realidade e a realidade que vivemos pode não passar de um sonho.
“- Acho que devemos estar gratos ao destino por termos saído ilesos dessas aventuras - tanto as reais como as que sonhámos.
- Tens a certeza disso? - interrogou ele.
- Sim, como também tenho a certeza que não é a realidade de uma única noite, nem a de toda uma vida q
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Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist.

The son of a prominent Hungarian-Jewish laryngologist Johann Schnitzler and Luise Markbreiter (a daughter of the Viennese doctor Philipp Markbreiter), was born in Vienna in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and began studying medicine at the local university in 1879. He received his doctorate of medicine in 1885 and worked at the Vienna's General H
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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.” 24 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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