La Rondeby Arthur Schnitzler
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Schnitzler's masterpiece, La Ronde, shows a spectrum of social class from prostitutes to noblemen in a series of drily observed, loveless sexual encounters. Remembered by many as the basis of a famous film in 1950, the real notoriety of La Ronde goes back to 1900 when it was privately printed and subsequently banned. It was not performed until 1920 in Berlin, where anti-Semitic riots broke out, resulting in the arrest and trial of the cast and director, allegedly for obscenity. The controversy continued with David Hare's adaptation, The Blue Room, which starred Nicole Kidman, at the Donmar Warehouse.
This translation is by the playwright and critic Frank Marcus, who has also provided a full introduction to Schnitzler's life and work.
Meet the Author
Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) was born and brought up in Vienna. A doctor by profession, whhisose views often matched those of Sigmund Freud, his contemporary and fellow-Viennese. Schnitzler started writing stories, poems, essays and one-act plays in the 1880s. As well as Anatol (published 1892) and La Ronde (Reigen, published 1900), his prolific work for the theatre includes the tragedy Playing with Love (Liebelei, 1895), The Green Cockatoo (Der grune Kakadu, 1899), set on the eve of the French Revolution, and The Legacy (Das Vermachtnis, 1898).
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