Dream Story - Arthur Schnitzler


A married couple reveal their darkest sexual fantasies to each other, in this erotic psychodrama of infidelity, transgression and decadence in early twentieth-century Vienna.

Sigmund Freud once described his contemporary Arthur Schnitzler as his literary doppelgänger for his exploration into the unconscious. He referred to Schnitzler's work as literary illustrations for his psychoanalytic theories. Dream Story is no exception. The inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Dream Story delves deep into the desires of the self and desire of the other under the canopy of a sexually repressed society of fin-de-siecle Europe.

Dream Story / Traumnovelle was first published 1926.
Translated by JQM Davies

A talk on 'Sigmund Freud & Arthur Schnitzler: A Doppelgänger Relationship' by Dr Marie Kolkenbrock will take place at the Freud Museum on 6 May 2018

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