(Der Weg ins Freie) [PDF READ] Ê Arthur Schnitzler
Contemporary of Schnitzler I cannot say that Schitzler Up To My Ideal Of lives up to my ideal of writing Zweig is much exact in a psychological mood Yet Schnitzler does use his characters to good use they deliver philosophical ideas succinctly such as in this passage Sentimentality is something that stands in direct opposition to feeling something with which one compensates for one s lack of feeling one s inner coldness Sentimentality is a feeling that one has bought so to speak for the purchase price Road into the Open also captures Vienna in one of its most glorified and historically rich moments something all the history books I have read on this subject Have Not Done As WellAnyway not done as wellAnyway an even better and involved review I recommend this link this Not a book for those who must like or identify with fictional characters nor for readers who reuire a proper ie neat ending I struggled a bit with this novel It lacks action and I freuently wanted to shake George the main character but it would be unfair to criticise it for that because the novel has a wider purpose than entertaining diversion namely to fictionalise the struggles of a society failing to get to grips with social economic and political forces coming together to bring about its collapse Of course this means characters must stand for ideas weaknesses prejudices socioeconomic groups than flesh and blood people which brings a sense of distance that makes it hard to engage with them Or maybe the milieu they inhabit is just so alien to a modern reader it takes a while to connect to their story Anyway it is worth sticking with the novel The dialogue is excellent and the depiction of Viennese society staring into the abyss is very well done The novel then worked best for me as historical documentation from the pen of a writer who lived through one of those defining moments when everything changes Of course it is predominantly a male perspective The novel will definitely interest the student of late nineteenthearly 20th C European history and those who love Vienna and want to better their understanding of what has made the city we know today Won Does it ever happen that any one wins One only argues to convince oneself never to convince the other person Just imagine Therese eventually realising that a rational person can never become a member of any party Or if I had been driven to confess that my independence of party betokened a lack of philosophy of life as she contended Why we could both have shut up shop straight away But what do ou think of all this talk about a philosophy of life As though a philosophy of life were anything else than the will and the capacity to see life as it really is I mean to envisage it without being led astray by any preconceived idea without having the impulse to deduce a new law straight away from our particular experience or to fit our experience into some existing law But people mean nothing by the expression philosophy of life than a higher kind of devotion to a pet theory devotion to a pet theory within the sphere of the infinite so to speak Or they go on talking about a gloomy or cheerful philosophy according to the colours in which their individual temperament and the accidents of their personal life happen to paint the world for them People in the full possession of their senses have a philosophy of life and narrow minded people haven t That s how the matter stands As a matter of fact one doesn t need to be a metaphysician to have a philosophy of life Perhaps in fact one shouldn t be one at all At any rate metaphysics have nothing at all to do with the philosophy of life Each of the philosophers really knew in his heart of hearts that he simply represented a kind of poet Kant believed in the Thing In Itself and Schopenhauer in the World as Will and Representation just like Shakespeare believed in Hamlet and Beethoven in the Ninth Symphony They knew that another work of art had come into the world but they never imagined for a single minute that they had discovered a final truth Every philosophical system if it has any rhythm or depth represents another possession for the world But why should it alter a man s relationship to the world if he himself has all his wits and sense about him He went on speaking with increasing excitement and fell as it seemed to George into a feverish maze George then remembered that Heinrich had once invented a merry go round that turned in spirals higher and higher above the earth to end finally in the top of a tower This summer I read uite some German and Austrian classics They are hardly lightfooted and this one is not an exception A Herr Baron is expecting a child with a girl he considers beneath him he provides for her but does not offer to marry her The child dies Cconflicting emotions class sensitivity anti semitism galore. Ives of the old social order make Schnitzler's book a revealing investigation of individual psychology and social allegory In his comprehensive introduction Russell Berman situates the book within the literary and political history of Central Europe and analyzes its relation to psychoanalysis Marxism musical aesthetics and the legacy of European modernis. In free nature just outside Vienna As always Schnitzler is strong in his probing of the contradictory psychology of loveThe same flightiness appears in Georg s work as a composer he is unable to finish any piece of music longer than a song but instead is always dreaming about writing a certain opera for which the libretto has not even been written et Lacking the drive to get down to work Georg spends most of his time socializing with friends and acuaintances who are all from artistic circles This gives Schnitzler the chance Besides The Main Focus the main focus the story of George and Anna to paint a wonderful portrait of fin de siecle Vienna then the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire the caf s cultural salons and musical concerts freuented by the Viennese elite That many members of that elite were Jewish allows Schnitzler to write about the position of these urban Jews about the various positions they took running the gamut from Zionism following the ideas developed around this time by another Viennese Hertz to full assimilation as well as about the rising specter of antisemitism Schnitzler even dedicates so much space to this sub theme that some critics have considered that as the main subject of the novel but I believe they are wrong it would be very much out of character for Schnitzler to write about a social theme where all his work is of a psychological nature and about unconscious desiresAs in his short stories Schnitzler uses stream of consciousness techniues to delve into the unconsciousness of Georg We see for example that Georg had repressed feelings of guilt about the suicide of a friend that friend and Georg were traveling with Georg s previous girlfriend Grace in Italy when the suicide happened and as a result Grace left Georg as well as the death of his father which has just happened when the novel opens There is a strong suggestion Georg has these guilty feelings because he knows in his deepest heart that he in fact has betrayed his friend and his father and he will do the same with Anna leaving her in the lurch in a most ignoble way while all the time trying to justify this act in his own mind Georg has an unuenchable thirst for freedom for himself but at the same time perpetuates wrong conventional attitudes towards women and lower classes read Anna because that is convenient for him He feels no empathy or compassion for others and in the end goes his own egoistic way unable to balance his radical uest for freedom with even a modicum of responsibility Everything in his life forms part of that same pattern It is the great merit of Schnitzler that he brings this out by inner monologues which show how Georg lies to himself and how he suppresses his feelings of guilt Without any authorial moralizing the negative judgement about Georg by Schnitzler is clearI read the German original available at the German language Gutenberg site From Carl E Schorske s comments on the book in Fin de si cle Vienna Politics and Culture Vintage 1981The novel has no real end the hero no tragic stature Schnitzler was a prophet without wrath The scientist in him avenged itself on both the moralist and the artist As social observer and psychologist he drew the world he saw as necessitous but not like the true tragedian as justified Morality and the dynamics of both instinct and history were incompatible Schnitzler could neither condone nor condemnYet as a proclamation of the death of a cultural idea his novel has power The break up of Georg and his artist sweetheart symbolizes the end of a half century s effort to wed bourgeoisie and aristocracy through a The Road into the Open is at the most basic a coming of age story It centers upon the oung Christian aristocratic Baron Georg Wegethin and the two worlds he inhabits the love affair with a Jewish middle class singer Anna Rosner and the Jewish intellectuals and writers who attend the salon of the wealthy industrialists the EhrenbergsThe first uestion that came to my mind was why would Schnitzler a Jew present for his main character a non Jew only to have this character float around in the Viennese Jewish intellectual milieu not that dissimilar to the one Schnitzler himself was occupying at the time It became clear to me uickly Schnitzler wanted a character who could take no sides in the various uestions that the Jewish community was debating at that time Each character proposed a position on Jewish identity and since Wegenthin was not Jewish he could hear each point without having to take a stance further since Wegenthin was an accepted genius composer albeit an indolent one he embodied the lofty intellectual artist ideal outside of politics and mundane life The mundane life wrapped up in the possible future with Anna whom he has impregnated and has to decide whether or not to marryHowever after reading Zweig Itzler's perceptive exploration of the creative process and the private lives and public aspirations of urban Jewish intellectuals ranks with the highest achievements of Karl Kraus and Robert MusilThe novel's central character Baron Georg von Wergenthin is a handsome oung composer whose troubled relations with women musical collaborators and representat. .
Nobody wrote better about Vienna at the dawn of the XX century than Arthur Schnitzler who was one of Austria s most celebrated names and who continues to enjoy great fame in Europe His writing may not be scandalous any but a novel like The Road Into the Open the English title of this book that I read French has not lost its power to Touch The Reader Deeply As It Takes Us On A the deeply as it takes us on a through a complicated et fascinating world which is slowly disintegrating the world of esterday as Stefan Zweig calls it Schnitzler knew Vienna intimately and he is a subtle master at bringing it to life in a vivid panoramic way through various
representative of the capital s Love and art the conflict between commitment and freedom the traps of dilettantism the struggle to find one place in society to stick to one s dreams or to conform the pressures of the ongoing social classes warfare especially as anti Semitism is rising its head are some of the themes at the heart of this moving bittersweet book Schnitzler is a realist and therefore not an optimist Melancholy dominates as hopes of fulfillment fade and the psychological analysis of the main characters and especially of Georg the artistic aristocrat remains strikingly modern here is some extra info about the book some good some mediocreenjoy NBhttpuerynytimescomgstfullpagegoodVienna and the Jews 1867 1938 By Steven Beller pg 221httpwwwadherentscompeoplepiJoThe Austrian Mind By William M Johnston page 119httpwwwminttheaterorgaboutTheN goodThe mind of modernism By Mark S Micale page 313httpsearchbarnesandnoblecomThe Holocaust Literature By S Lillian Kremer page 1106httpwww3intersciencewileycomjohttpwwwanswerscomtopicder weg Anti Semitism in Times of Crisis By Sander L Gilman Steven T Katz page 178httpwwwarchiveorgstreammodernigoodhttpuerynytimescomgstfullpageNBhttpbooksgoogleiebooksidtIAkUhttpuerynytimescomgstfullpagehttpwwwabsoluteastronomycomtopihttpwwwnewyorkercomarchive2002 I get it it s a beautifully done allegory for Viennese culture Georg can t develop or do any damn thing resembling a assertive decision because old school aristocracy and the aestheticism of his generation are incompatibleGeorg doesn t kill himself at the end though and I wish he did Not for morbid reasons it just would have been way cathartic to have a tragedy end with something a little tragic An incredible piece of observational fiction pushing ou with total clarity into the world of Viennese elites The fact that the author and so the characters are unaware of how truly cataclysmic the 20th century would be for the Austro Hungarian Empire and Europe s Jews makes several part of the book both incredible and chillingSpecial note in this regard are several vignettes in one a man recently returned from his reservist reuired service jokes about what larks soldiering is and how he likes the uniform This ll be the kind of man who dies in frozen Tyrol trenches Another is the assimilationist oung Jewish doctor leaving medicine to champion eugenicist social cleansing measures but do not worry he assures his traditional Jewish identifying father it won t be brute murder A Jewish man leaves politics after being racially abused by an opponent in Parliament who afterwards sees him in thr Parliament cafe and says no hard feelings its just politics Later two characters note that the Jewish problem of competing identity and ideals Zionism assimilation eta is too great a thing to be simply solved by some black and white measure The Road into the Open Der Weg ins Freie is one of only two novels Arthur Schnitzler wrote besides his many novellas short stories and plays The novel tells the story of the love relation between an aristocrat Baron Georg von Wergenthin and a lower middle class girl named Anna Rosner Georg is a dilettante composer Anna plans to become a singer and they first meet professionallyThe handsome Georg is rather experienced in love affairs he has had relations with many women and Anna will not be the last one Throughout the novel which is told from Georg s perspective he thinks in fact often with regret about these former girlfriends he seems rather obsessed with the memory of one of them Grace The relation with Anna comes to a head after Georg has made her pregnant They travel to Italy to hide her condition and later hire a house outside Vienna so that Anna can uietly have her babyBut Georg who has a rather flighty character is unwilling to commit himself and although he says he will not leave her in the lurch he does not want to marry her either In the end after she has had a miscarriage she sets him free to go his own way to which the road into the open of the title alludes ins Freiehas the connotation of Freiheit freedom and it refers literally to the many walks and cycling tours Georg and his friends undertake. A finely drawn portrayal of the disintegration of Austrian liberal society under the impact of nationalism and anti semitism The Road into the Open Der Weg ins Freie 1908 is a remarkable novel by a major Austrian writer of the early twentieth century Set in fin de siècle Austria the cafés salons and musical concerts freuented by the Viennese elite Schn.
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