Arthur Schnitzler is still looked upon today as the poet of literary grace and non-committal eroticism. In fact, in his early dramas, biting social criticism is manifested in the bourgeois double standards of his time and in the exploitation of young women. Like almost no one else, he unmasked the wealthy, leisured bon vivants and the emptiness of many interpersonal relationships.
Max Haberich did his doctorate at the University of Cambridge on Schnitzler, scoured the sources there and at the German Literature Archive Marbach, especially those which could not be considered in the recent Schnitzler biographies – such as the detailed correspondence with his wife Olga. As a result, Max Haberich is able to show the author of the century in a completely new light: as a socially critical author who spent decades dealing with his Jewish background and taking the ever-increasing anti-Semitism into account through his razor-sharp observation.
Max Haberich (born in1984) studied History, Art History and Modern German Literature in York, Aix-en-Provence and Tübingen and wrote his dissertation at the University of Cambridge on the German-Jewish identity of Arthur Schnitzler and Jakob Wassermann. His debut novel on student life at the University of Cambridge, “Bricks and Ivory,” was published by Kladde (Freiburg) in December.
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