(From the publisher):
"Flight into Darkness", "Dying," and "Fraulein Else," three of Arthur Schnitzler's greatest novellas, are acknowledged masterpieces of psychological realism. In Margret Schaefer's superb translations, they reveal the depths of Schnitzler's understanding of life as well as the masterful storytelling techniques that immerse the reader in the very center of his characters' thoughts and emotions. Each of the novellas creates a world of experience that becomes our own.
In "Flight into Darkness" we free-fall along with the main character, Robert, into an abyss of paranoid madness. We watch with Robert, through his eyes and thoughts, as he misconstrues every encounter, dissects every nuance for hidden meaning, attempts to decipher the nightmare of his past.
Schnitzler's lofty aim in "Dying," a searing portrait of a young man who believes he is wasting away, and of his lover's devotion, is to tell the truth about the reality of dying. Focusing on just these two characters, Schnitzler creates a psychological drama filled with both an aching tenderness and a cruel animosity. By narrowing his focus, he explores the details of the ever-changing, momentary, unspoken, and often unacceptable thoughts and feelings that underlie the couple's daily routine.
"Fraulein Else," one of Schnitzler's most celebrated works, uses stream of consciousness brilliantly to explore the interior life of a young woman placed in a humiliating position by her family.
Original title: Desire and Delusion: Three Novellas
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
The following works are contained within this one:
Fraulein Else (1924) [Novella]
Author: Arthur Schnitzler