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The Road to the Open

The Road to the Open

By Arthur Schnitzler
Foreword by William M. Johnston

The story follows George von Wergenthin, an aristocrat and musician, in his encounters with intellectuals and artists in Vienna's middle class. A gentile, von Wergenthin finds his world populated by Jewish doctors, thinkers, friends, and mistresses. Through the interior monologue - a device pioneered by Schnitzler - von Wergenthin reveals his discomfort and the tensions that pervade the community around him. Von Wergenthin's acquaintances embody larger responses by Vienna's Jews to their uncomfortable place in the city. Sigmund Freud, impressed by Schnitzler's deep understanding of psychological processes, described the writer as his own doppelgänger. Beneath the major themes lie Schnitzler's subtle handling of artistic frustration, conflict between fathers sons, and an air of impassable distance between his characters' psyches. 

Paperback
416 pages 
Northwestern University Press, 1991
Original published in 1908
5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
ISBN 9780810109964     

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