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Preview — Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler. Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler. 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 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 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 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.
Written in interior monologue, it demonstrates a Freudian influence, while its historical and literary impact remains its strong point, making it more interesting to think about than to read. Get A Copy. Paperback , 49 pages. Published May 1st by Sun and Moon Press first published More Details Original Title. Kopetzky , Lieutenant Gustl.
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This is NOT about the 'Prussian' army! Yes, they all speak 'german' but there is a major difference. It would be like saying that "No one writes to the Colonel" by Garcia Marquez is about an officer in the Spanish army!!!? See 1 question about Lieutenant Gustl….
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 26, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: books-to-read-before-you-die. Even more courage was needed to make it a satire, written in an early example of an inner monologue. The story focuses on Lieutenant Gustl, who believes he has been insulted by an exchange of unpleasantries with a baker in the opera.
As a result he thinks that he has to commit suicide for failing to immediately challenge the offender. The hope that nobody witnessed the situation leaves him a loophole to slip through with his "honour" intact in public, though, and he postpones his suicide several times during the following hours. You are what others see! By coincidence, the baker dies during the night, and Gustl is restored to life. Apart from displaying the Austrian military's insane honour code, its open antisemitism, its misogyny and lack of humour, the story most importantly delivers proof that honour is an empty word for most people, aiming at securing a position in society rather than at living according to certain principles because one is convinced of their general validity.
As Schnitzler bravely displayed the cowardice of a lieutenant, he was attacked by Austrian patriots afterwards and ironically stripped of his military status for "failing to react honourably" to these attacks - which means that he failed to engage in a duel because of his satire on the meaninglessness of duelling.
If his story didn't offer enough evidence of the Austrian military stink, the reality check afterwards certainly did - more effectively than the author would have been able to describe it in a fictional account.
None but the Brave (Leutnant Gustl) by Arthur Schnitzler, 1901
Thomas Bernhard and his fellow inner monologue ranters have a heap of material to draw from, both regarding literary role models and historical sources for rage! Schnitzler is pure brilliance! View all 4 comments. Nov 14, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: austria , short-stories.
Lieutenant Gustl, originally translated as 'None But the Brave' , was penned entirely in the form of an interior monologue. The fact it was written almost 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 Lieutenant Gustl, originally translated as 'None But the Brave' , was penned entirely in the form of an interior monologue.
This short novel recounts the moment-to-moment experiences of a swaggering Austrian military man going through a few troubles. After a concert in a cloakroom Gustl gets into a verbal disagreement with a baker who, reacting to Gustl's arrogance grabs his weapon a sword and orders him to have a little consideration and patience. Gustl then ponders his suicide and the death of the baker, thinking he has been totally dishonored. He wonders around Vienna, in a state of both melancholy and annoyance. He would learn of the baker having a stroke, and returns to his aggressive self.
Looking forward to a duel, which had been arranged just days before. Although short, it's paints a pretty strong picture of Austria's militarism, and even lead to some attacking Schnitzler on it's first publication back in as it was deemed anti-Semitic. May not be his best piece but along with 'La Ronde' probably one of his most controversial. What time is it anyway? Half past six already. It has taken longer than expected to read I have to hurry with this review. So, Gustl — Lieutenant Gustl — this is supposed to be the first ever stream-of-conscience text in German literature.
When was it written again?
Well done, Mr Schnitzler. I would so not be able to do this. The text is so short, only about forty pages. Should be possible What time is it anyway? Should be possible to write something like that? But you can not focus on something for more than five minutes. Now the phone chimes. Should be an SMS by the sound of it. Or maybe Twitter demands my attention. I should really make different sounds for these two.
I look at it later. First I have to finish this damn thing here! Gustl is a strange guy. Just because the bakerman in the theater is stupid and argues with Gustl, he can not demand satisfaction, and he thinks he must kill himself because of the lost honor I wouldn't not dream of that. Then again I'm not an officer in the k. And I'm also not in Vienna. But I should go there again. Maybe next year.
Have to persuade R. Back to Gustl — so he wants to commit suicide.