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Lieutenant Gustl Viennese author Schnitzler s brief novel depicts the Austrian crisis at the turn of the century and the impending collapse of the dream of the empire Bored at the opera egocentric young Lieutena

  • Title: Lieutenant Gustl
  • Author: Arthur Schnitzler
  • ISBN: 9781557131768
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Viennese author Schnitzler s brief 1901 novel depicts the Austrian crisis at the turn of the century and the impending collapse of the dream of the empire Bored at the opera, egocentric young Lieutenant Gustl contemplates which women are flirting with him the fact that there are too many Jews in the army, which is the reason for all this anti Semitism and an upcomingViennese author Schnitzler s brief 1901 novel depicts the Austrian crisis at the turn of the century and the impending collapse of the dream of the empire Bored at the opera, egocentric young Lieutenant Gustl contemplates which women are flirting with him the fact that there are too many Jews in the army, which is the reason for all this anti Semitism and an upcoming duel with a doctor who made an unflattering remark about the military After the concert, impatient in the coat check queue, Gustl gets into a quarrel with a baker who threatens to break Gustl s sword in two if he doesn t calm down Convinced he s been dishonored, Gustl decides he must commit suicide and spends the night walking the streets, weighing the repercussions of killing himself When he arrives at his favorite cafe for a final breakfast, he becomes elated on learning that he can go on living because the baker died of a stroke just after their encounter This novel is an early embodiment of modern skepticism and despair And written in interior monologue, it demonstrates a Freudian influence The historical and literary impact of this work remains its strong point, making it interesting to think about than to read.

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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

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    1. ūüėāūüėā normalerweise kann ich diese sabbernden sudernden labernden nutz- und geistlosen Leute - seien sie aus der russischen Oberschicht wie bei Dostojewski, dem g√§hhnend langweiligen amerikanischen Mittelstand, aus dem √∂sterreichischen Milit√§r oder sonstwoher, die einen inneren Monolog bez√ľglich ihrer Luxusproblemchen f√ľhren, so gar nicht ausstehen, aber bei Schnitzler ist dies alles anders.1. Der Lieutnant Gustl bzw. Schnitzler h√§lt sich sehr kurz, knapp und b√ľndig und lamentiert sich [...]


    2. Prolifico autore di teatro, attraverso il quale alla fine del secolo osava rivelare le contraddizioni della societ√† viennese e in particolare della borghesia, Schnitzler fu anche dedito alla narrativa attraverso la quale espresse soluzioni formali all‚Äôepoca innovative per la letteratura tedesca. Forme brevi per lo pi√Ļ che portano alla graduale scomparsa del narratore per giungere all‚Äôuso del monologo interiore come nel caso del suo racconto pi√Ļ celebre, questo appunto, pubblicato la notte [...]


    3. Lieutenant Gustl, originally translated as 'None But the Brave' (1926), was penned entirely in the form of an interior monologue. The fact it was written almost 100 years ago, you don't get the impression it was. Arthur Schnitzler, I believe was a writer totally ahead of his time, he put down a benchmark all of his own, and some of his stories could quite easily have been written yesterday.This short novel recounts the moment-to-moment experiences of a swaggering Austrian military man going thro [...]


    4. What time is it anyway? Half past six already. It has taken longer than expected to read I have to hurry with this review. ‚ÄĒ what should I write; what should I write? ‚ÄĒ Why do I do this to myself again and again? So, Gustl ‚ÄĒ Lieutenant Gustl ‚ÄĒ this is supposed to be the first ever stream-of-conscience text in German literature. When was it written again? 1900! Wow. Well done, Mr Schnitzler. I would so not be able to do this. The text is so short, only about forty pages. Should be possibl [...]


    5. Esta breve y delirante nouvelle de Arthur Schnitzler es un buen ejemplo del mon√≥logo interior que tan bien manej√≥ el autor austriaco. El teniente del t√≠tulo, un fulano un tanto paranoico, al acabar un concierto se siente agredido verbalmente por un panadero orondo. Una ofensa que afectar√° lo m√°s profundo de su amor propio de su orgullo y de su honor, de tal manera que la √ļnica soluci√≥n al problema pasar√° por batirse en duelo, o en el caso de que este no se llevara a cabo, suicid√°ndose. [...]


    6. Oh. Wieso habe ich noch nie etwas von Schnitzler gelesen? Das ist toll, das ist intensiv, das ist extrem modern. Nat√ľrlich hat der Gustl genervt, nat√ľrlich denkt man immer wieder "T√∂test du dich jetzt oder nicht?!?" und nat√ľrlich ist das Ende ein bisschen forciert. Aber es funktioniert und es passt. Besonders spannend ist es, aus der Sicht von jemandem zu lesen, der so unglaublich unsympathisch ist.


    7. Dies war einer der wenigen Klassiker, von denen ich nicht einmal den Namen kannte, bis mein (wahnsinnig guter) Literaturlehrer am Mediacampus in Frankfurt uns ihn als Beispieltext f√ľr eine bestimmte Epoche vorlegte. Die Geschichte die jetzt kommt ist altbekannt: Ich fand den Text und seinen Schreibstil anstrengend. Habe in etwa die H√§lfte gelesen, was f√ľr den Unterricht reichte, und habe dann eine ganze Weile nicht mehr an ihn gedacht. Bis ich irgendwann beim Durchgehen meiner 1001 B√ľcher Li [...]


    8. I thought I was allergic to streams-of-consciousness after dipping into Joyce, but this knocks Joyce into a cocked hat. My long standing love affair with all things Austro-Hungarian helps, as does the fact that this is so short and therefore easily digestible.


    9. Singolare introspezione di un graduato dell'esercito autro-ungarico dei primi del Novecento. L'episodio che ha macchiato il suo onore lo preoccupa molto di pi√Ļ del duello che dovr√† affrontare il giorno successivo, nonostante quest'ultimo potrebbe costargli la vita. Egli rimugina per tutto il giorno e la notte sul suo onore ferito ma paradossalmente concepisce alcune vendette che rovinerebbero davvero la sua fama, se si tiene conto dell'inezia che gli procura tutto il tormento di cui il libro t [...]


    10. We read the beginning of this last year in German class and a lot of us loved it and announced that they wanted to read it in full because we all just found it really funny and real. So finally, I listened to a wonderful Librivox recording of this, which, I think, made this story so much more alive and fun to listen to. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the ridiculousness of Gustl's decision (at least to the modern reader, I guess) and how he does or doesn't come to terms with it. Apparently, this [...]


    11. This little book came as a bit of a nice surprise to me. It was stated as one of the 1000 books I had to read before I die, and I was slightly dubious, but ended up enjoying it. The stream of consciousness writing of our main character Gustl is very humorous (in a black sort of way as he talks about killing himself!). He is saddened by being called a "fathead" one evening at the opera and feels there is no way out apart from shooting himself. I also appreciated the ending where everything is nic [...]


    12. großartiger monolog eines vermeintlich totgeweihten leutnants, der im laufe einer nacht sein ganzes kleines, ehrloses leben an sich vorbeiziehen lässt, weil er vermeint, seine ehre wegen einer nichtigkeit verloren zu haben. unvergleichlich gut umgesetzte kritik an der oberflächlichkeit militärischer moralgefängnisse, die selbst eine essentielle erfahrung wie der nahende tod nicht ankratzen kann.


    13. My only thoughts while reading this one: "well, that escalated quickly"Interesting stream of consciousness story. I'd be curious to see if this is a look into the typical mindset of a German officer at the time, or of this might be a special case. The thought process seemed so different from a modern one.


    14. A funny short story in the form of internal monologue about a soldier contemplating suicide. The way his thoughts continue to circle only around himself is really quite entertaining. Additionally, it is of course interesting to see how serious soldiers took the smallest insults to their honour.



    15. Poruńć√≠k Gust√≠k je v√Ĺjimeńćnou novelou psanou technikou vnitŇôn√≠ho monologu, kter√© pouŇĺil Schnitzler jako vŇĮbec poprv√© v nńõmecky psan√© literatuŇôe. D√≠ky tomuto postupu se st√°v√°me pomysln√Ĺm voyeurem lieutenanta Gustla. Zachycen√≠ proudu myŇ°lenek zh√Ĺńćkan√©ho poruńć√≠ka, kter√Ĺ si vyjde do opery a vyhl√≠Ňĺ√≠ nez√°vazn√Ĺ flirt, pŇôedstavoval nov√°torstv√≠, kter√© rezonovalo nejenom v liter√°rn√≠ch kruz√≠ch. Kr√°tce po vyd√°n√≠ pov√≠dky zbavil ńćestn√Ĺ soud Schnitzlera titulu vojensk [...]


    16. Empieza un poco confuso. Pero después la trama se comprende, parece loco como sigue todo el libro y trama, como si alucinara, como si ya estuviera muerto y no hilara nada de lo que relata, pero después se vuelve sereno, se vuelve cómico y alegre, no digo el final. Pero aunque no es un libro largo ni con mucha trama, el pre suicidio es interesante como el cerebro transforma todo tan confuso cuando se tiene tan cerca la muerte, y como valora y replantea toda su vida en un instante.


    17. "¬ŅEscribir cartas? ¬ŅPara qu√©? ¬ŅY a qui√©n? ¬ŅDespedirme? Al diablo con todo eso: matarse es un mensaje suficientemente claro Eso basta para que los dem√°s sepan que uno se despidi√≥"


    18. I highly doubt that, as a reader, you are supposed to like Gustl. I can see how it is both criticizing and mocking aspects of the Prussian military. But regardless of what it is and what it is trying to do, I can't see myself ever enjoying a book such as this. 38 pages of inner monologue of a Prussian soldier who's debating whether, when or how to shoot himself because someone blemished his honour by calling him a 'dummer Bub' (idiotic boy). You'd feel sorry for him if it wouldn't strike one as [...]


    19. El personaje es un petimetre al que todavía le dura la rebelión hormonal de la adolescencia, un racista, un mierda que se tiene en exageradísima estima y la obra es una sátira mordaz de un mal entendido, patético y ridículo, sentido del honor. El libro parece tener el mérito de ser uno de los primeros flujos de conciencia de la literatura. Más allá de ello, el libro no me ha dicho gran cosa.


    20. I had to read Schnitzler's short book for my Arts and Ideas class. The psyche of Gustl connected with our discussions about the city and the psyche in the 20th century. I really LOVED this. It was an extremely quick read, so I recommend it to everyone. The story is the inner-narration of Gustl other perspective is there but what runs through his mind. His story begins with him painfully bored at an opera, then moves to a conflict with a baker (who calls him a "fathead"). The conflict leaves Gust [...]


    21. This novella started out as a simple moment in an everyday life written on paper and developed into something very complex, as most German novellas. I was very pulled into the story and the witty, sarcastic narrative from the beginning. The main character had flaws, a lot of them, which was one of the things that made him an interesting character. Since the main character is the narrator it gave the story a perfect voice. The characters that just happened to look at Lieutenant Gustl or say a few [...]


    22. Ich wei√ü nicht, ob der Umfang des Buches gleich ist. Ich habe eine merkw√ľrdige Edition ohne ISBN mit Leutnant Gustl, Fr√§ulein Else und "Die Toten schweigen" Fr√§ulein Else hab ich als 5-Minuten-Abschnitt in einem Podcast kennengelernt, das Ende aber nie geh√∂rt. Also musste ich es mal lesen. Hat mir sehr gut gefallen, auch den Leutnant fand ich ziemlich gut. Die Toten schweigen liest sich wie aus dem Deutschunterricht-Lesebuch. Gut, dass keine z√§hen Fragen am Ende des Textes standen.


    23. Though many attribute Joyce with the first stream-of-consciousness novel, Schnitzler's Lieutenant Gustl predates Joyce and is entirely stream-of-consciousness. Lieutenant Gustl follows the ongoings of an obsessive narrator descending into insanity. Highly recommended for readers interested in psychology, modern narratives and Germanic literature.


    24. This is the book on which I'm writing the first of two exam essays for one of my uni courses. It isn't a book I'd normally want to pick up and read, but I actually found that I like it. It shows the time it was written in, in a very unflattering light and raises question that I'm sort of looking forward to discussing in my essay.


    25. An example of stream of consciousness writing. I remember being quite taken with the narrator's dilemma as to whether he should do something on railroad time or Vienna time. Now, I realize what he meant, and it's not particularly humorous, but it still does reinforce the idea of Vienna being a place apart, with rules of its own.Read for college German literature class.


    26. *Crítica ao sector militar da Alemanha e do seu código de conduta;*Demonstra a frivolidade da época e da falta de consciência e maturidade;*De fácil leitura, fluída e rápida;*Divertido e de uma leitura gulosa, não apresenta grandes figuras de estulo;*Reflexão quanto à fragilidade da vida,por vezes, devido ao orgulho.


    27. Es la primera vez que leo un monólogo interior así, claramente había leído alguno muy corto entre diálogos, pero me gustó esta nueva experiencia: ser el personaje, pensarse fuera pero al mismo tiempo dentro de "la trama". Como cualquier cerebro que piensa, está lleno de lógica mal organizada, discusiones, pasiones y discursos Es genial.


    28. ApziŇÜas plŇęsma 1900. gadńĀ. The more you know. (Ceturtdańľgadsimtu pirms "Ulisa" un Delovejas, kńĀdus 15 gadus pirms Prufroka, bet 10 gadus pńďc "Bada", pusgadsimtu pńďc "NodevńęgńĀs sirds" un divarpus gadsimtus pńďc ҆endija. Paldies, Vikipńďdija.) Un protams, ka kaut kas tńĀds varńďja notikt tieŇ°i Vńęnńď.Gustls ir uzjautrinoŇ°s un noŇĺńďlojams. Es gribńďtu domńĀt, ka manńĀ galvńĀ tńĀ neizklausńĀs, bet


    29. Der Anfang war noch ganz interessant, aber danach verlangsamte sich die Geschichte und es war etwas langweilig. Das Ende war gut, aber eig. zu kurz als ob man es wirklich genießen konnte. Andererseits ist es aber sehr interessante Geschichte.


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