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Der Weg ins FreieGeorge von Wergenthin sat at table uite 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 acuaintance with Ralph Skelton Count Schönstein 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 s. From Carl E Schorske's comments on the book in Fin de siècle Vienna Politics and Culture Vintage 1981The 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 Schnitzler could neither condone nor condemnYet as a proclamation of the death of a cultural idea his novel has power The break up of Georg and his artist sweetheart symbolizes the end of a half century’s effort to wed bourgeoisie and aristocracy through aesthetic culture Schnitzler shows that the historical force compelling recognition of this failure was the rise of anti liberal mass politics Appropriately the pure and aesthetic Anna’s own brother is a vicious anti Semite While she is doomed to a humdrum petit bourgeois existence by her aristocratic lover’s weakness her brother embarks on a promising if hideous political career As for Georg he is paralyzed by his own hypertrophied sensibilities conscious of being driven by instincts within and an irrational society without The social aristocrat can no longer control the reality; the aesthetic aristocrat cannot understand it He can but feel his own impotence in a bourgeois world spinning out of orbitAspiring to tragedy Schnitzler achieved only sadness One of his characters observes that there is no Weg ins Freie Road into the Open except into the self Schnitzler caught between science and art between commitment to old morals and new feelings could find no new and satisfying meaning in the self as did Freud and the Expressionists; nor could he conceive a solution to the political problem of the psyche as Hofmannsthal was to do A despairing but committed liberal he posed the problem clearly by shattering illusions He could not create new faith As an analyst of Viennese high bourgeois society however Schnitzler had no peer among his literary contemporaries Like Ravel he understood not merely the traditions of the world of the waltz but also the psychology of its individuals in their increasingly eccentric relation to the dissolving whole He described as no other has done the social matrix in which so much of twentieth century subjectivism took for the disintegrating moral aesthetic culture of fin de siècle Vienna pages 14 – 15

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review Der Weg ins Freie ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ George von Wergenthin sat at table uite 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 acuaintance with Ralph Skelton Count Schönstein Ingly 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 Septembe. An incredible piece of observational fiction pushing you with total clarity into the world of Viennese elites The fact that the author and so the characters are unaware of how truly cataclysmic the 20th century would be for the Austro Hungarian Empire and Europe's Jews makes several part of the book both incredible and chillingSpecial note in this regard are several vignettes in one a man recently returned from his reservist reuired service jokes about what larks soldiering is and how he likes the uniform This'll be the kind of man who dies in frozen Tyrol trenches Another is the assimilationist young Jewish doctor leaving medicine to champion eugenicist social cleansing measures but do not worry he assures his traditional Jewish identifying father it won't be brute murder A Jewish man leaves politics after being racially abused by an opponent in Parliament who afterwards sees him in thr Parliament cafe and says no hard feelings its just politics Later two characters note that the Jewish problem of competing identity and ideals Zionism assimilation eta is too great a thing to be simply solved by some black and white measure

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It 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 smil. Not a book for those who must like or identify with fictional characters nor for readers who reuire a 'proper' ie neat ending I struggled a bit with this novel It lacks action and I freuently 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 bring about its collapse Of course this means characters must stand for ideas weaknesses prejudices socioeconomic groups than flesh and blood people which brings a sense of distance that makes it hard to engage with them Or maybe the milieu they inhabit is just so alien to a modern reader it takes a while to connect to their story Anyway it is worth sticking with the novel The dialogue is excellent and the depiction of Viennese society staring into the abyss is very well done The novel then worked best for me as historical documentation from the pen of a writer who lived through one of those defining moments when everything changes Of course it is predominantly a male perspective The novel will definitely interest the student of late nineteenthearly 20th C European history and those who love Vienna and want to better their understanding of what has made the city we know today