The Road to the Open

The Road to the Open George von Wergenthin sat at table quite alone to day His elder brother Felician had chosen to dine out with friends for the first time after a longish interval But George felt no particular inclinati

  • Title: The Road to the Open
  • Author: Arthur Schnitzler
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  • George von Wergenthin sat at table quite alone to day His elder brother Felician had chosen to dine out with friends for the first time after a longish interval But George felt no particular inclination to renew his acquaintance with Ralph Skelton, Count Sch nstein or any of the other young people, whose gossip usually afforded him so much pleasure for the time being heGeorge von Wergenthin sat at table quite alone to day His elder brother Felician had chosen to dine out with friends for the first time after a longish interval But George felt no particular inclination to renew his acquaintance with Ralph Skelton, Count Sch nstein or any of the other young people, whose gossip usually afforded him so much pleasure for the time being he did not feel in the mood for any kind of society The servant cleared away and disappeared George lit a cigarette and then in accordance with his habit walked up and down the big three windowed rather low room, while he wondered how it was that this very room which had for many weeks seemed to him so gloomy was now gradually beginning to regain its former air of cheerfulness He could not help letting his glance linger on the empty chair at the top end of the table, over which the September sun was streaming through the open window in the centre He felt as though he had seen his father, who had died two months ago, sit there only an hour back, as he visualised with great clearness the very slightest mannerisms of the dead man, even down to his trick of pushing his coffee cup away, adjusting his pince nez or turning over the leaves of a pamphlet George thought of one of his last conversations with his father which had occurred in the late spring before they had moved to the villa on the Veldeser Lake George had just then come back from Sicily, where he had spent April with Grace on a melancholy and somewhat boring farewell tour before his mistress s final return to America He had done no real work for six months or , and had not even copied out the plaintive adagio which he had heard in the plashing of the waves on a windy morning in Palermo as he walked along the beach George had played over the theme to his father and improvised on it with an exaggerated wealth of harmonies which almost swamped the original melody, and when he had launched into a wildly modulated variation, his father had smilingly asked him from the other end of the piano Whither away, whither away George had felt abashed and allowed the swell of the notes to subside, and his father had begun a discussion about his son s future with all his usual affection, but with rather than his usual seriousness This conversation ran through his mind to day as though it had been pregnant with presage He stood at the window and looked out The park outside was fairly empty An old woman wearing an old fashioned cloak with glass beads sat on a seat A nursemaid walked past holding one child by the hand while another, a little boy, in a hussar uniform, with a buckled on sabre and a pistol in his belt, ran past, looked haughtily round and saluted a veteran who came down the path smoking Further down the grounds were a few people sitting round the kiosk, drinking coffee and reading the papers The foliage was still fairly thick, and the park looked depressed and dusty and altogether far summer like than usual for late September.

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    1. Arthur Schnitzler

      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 Hospital, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favour of writing.His works were often controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Schnitzler, confessed I have gained the impression that you have learned through intuition though actually as a result of sensitive introspection everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work on other persons 1 and for their strong stand against anti Semitism, represented by works such as his play Professor Bernhardi and the novel Der Weg ins Freie However, though Schnitzler was himself Jewish, Professor Bernhardi and Fr ulein Else are among the few clearly identified Jewish protagonists in his work.Schnitzler was branded as a pornographer after the release of his play Reigen, in which ten pairs of characters are shown before and after the sexual act, leading and ending with a prostitute The furore after this play was couched in the strongest anti semitic terms 2 his works would later be cited as Jewish filth by Adolf Hitler Reigen was made into a French language film in 1950 by the German born director Max Oph ls as La Ronde The film achieved considerable success in the English speaking world, with the result that Schnitzler s play is better known there under Oph ls French title.In the novella, Fr ulein Else 1924 , Schnitzler may be rebutting a contentious critique of the Jewish character by Otto Weininger 1903 by positioning the sexuality of the young female Jewish protagonist 3 The story, a first person stream of consciousness narrative by a young aristocratic woman, reveals a moral dilemma that ends in tragedy.In response to an interviewer who asked Schnitzler what he thought about the critical view that his works all seemed to treat the same subjects, he replied, I write of love and death What other subjects are there Despite his seriousness of purpose, Schnitzler frequently approaches the bedroom farce in his plays and had an affair with one of his actresses, Adele Sandrock Professor Bernhardi, a play about a Jewish doctor who turns away a Catholic priest in order to spare a patient the realization that she is on the point of death, is his only major dramatic work without a sexual theme.A member of the avant garde group Young Vienna Jung Wien , Schnitzler toyed with formal as well as social conventions With his 1900 short story Lieutenant Gustl, he was the first to write German fiction in stream of consciousness narration The story is an unflattering portrait of its protagonist and of the army s obsessive code of formal honour It caused Schnitzler to be stripped of his commission as a reserve officer in the medical corps something that should be seen against the rising tide of anti semitism of the time.He specialized in shorter works like novellas and one act plays And in his short stories like The Green Tie Die gr ne Krawatte he showed himself to be one of the early masters of microfiction However he also wrote two full length novels Der Weg ins Freie about a talented but not very motivated young composer, a brilliant description of a segment of pre World War I Viennese society and the artistically less satisfactory Therese.In addition to his plays and fiction, Schnitzler meticulously kept a diary from the age of 17 until two days before his death, of a brain hemorrhage in Vienna The manuscript, which runs to almost 8,000 pages, is most notable for Schnitzler s cas

    647 thoughts on “The Road to the Open”

    1. Celebro que este autor se haya retirado de la medicina para dedicarse a la literatura, de lo contrario nos hubiera privado de su excelente obra literaria. Había leído anteriormente tres novelas cortas de Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) y me había gustado mucho su estilo de narrativa; sin embargo con esta novela que aquí comento se ha consagrado como uno de mis escritores favoritos de habla alemana. Debo confesar que no conocía la existencia de esta novela a pesar de estar considerada como una [...]

    2. 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 anymore, but a novel like The Road Into the Open (the English title of this book that I read in French) has not lost its power to touch the reader deeply, as it takes us on a journey through a complicated yet fascinating world which is slowly disintegrating, the world of yesterda [...]

    3. bookcents/2011/05 From Carl E. Schorske's comments on the book in Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (Vintage, 1981):The 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. Schni [...]

    4. The Road into the Open is, at the most basic, a coming of age story. It centers upon the young 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 Ehrenbergs.The first question 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 [...]

    5. here is some extra info about the book; some good, some mediocreenjoy :)megaessays/viewpaper/1ndarticles/p/articles/mi NBquery.nytimes/gst/fullpagegoodVienna and the Jews, 1867-1938 By Steven Beller pg 221adherents/people/pi/JoThe Austrian Mind By William M. Johnston page 119minttheater/about/TheN goodThe mind of modernism By Mark S. Micale page 313searchrnesandnoble/The-Holocaust Literature By S. Lillian Kremer page 1106www3erscience.wiley/joswers/topic/der-weg-Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis [...]

    6. Nagyon nagyon jó regény. Minden kis lelki rezdülést annyira hitelesen ír meg Schnitzler, és azt is hogy milyen kis efemer érzelmi rezdüléseken és azok hiányain csúszik el a boldogság. Közben mintegy mellesleg ott lüktet a háttérben a századfordulós Bécs "zsidókérdéssel", cionizmussal, asszimilációval, szociáldemokráciával, keresztényszocializmussal, antiszemitizmussal. Hatalmas drámák történnek, de mindig az utolsó pillanatban, mielőtt még giccsbe és pátoszb [...]

    7. Not a book for those who must like or identify with fictional characters, nor for readers who require a 'proper', i.e. neat, ending. I struggled a bit with this novel. It lacks action, and I frequently 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 brin [...]

    8. A tratti interessante, in alcuni punti l'ho trovato noioso. Non sono riuscita bene ad apprezzare quello che dovrebbe essere il punto forte del romanzo: da una parte c'� una critica disincantata verso il bel mondo viennese prossimo ormai al suo declino, dall'altra c'� l'irritante vacuit� del protagonista e dei suoi amici.

    9. Wow i loved this bookit reminded me of a mixture of cesar pavese and Proust, a man caught in a story who is analyzing everything, a story without much action, but nonetheless very entertaining and smart

    10. Despite never having been able to finish a beat book, I feel like the hero of this novel would fit right into one of them, if only he wasn't a fin-de-siecle viennese aristocrat. That said, this novel is thick with witty dialogue, and has a surprisingly affecting climax.

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