»Später Ruhm is a late discovery: it is unlikely that the author could have suspected just how much this novella reveals about his inner self.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
A world premiere: Arthur Schnitzler’s portrait of Viennese bohemia, a heady mix of comedy and tragedy, gravitas and playfulness, lies and truth. Conceived in the spring of 1894, perfected forty years later, then overlooked by the author’s estate. Now, finally, Arthur Schnitzler’s early masterpiece Später Ruhm has been published for the first time.
Eduard Saxenberger achieves fame at a ripe old age when a young man calls on him, introducing himself as an avid fan of Wanderungen, the slim volume that once caused a literary sensation. His young admirer invites Saxenberger to attend a meeting of the »Enthusiasts «, a writer’s group for whom he stands as a role model. Saxenberger is initially embarrassed by the reminder of his lost past, but then becomes intrigued by the heated debates about authenticity and true artistic endeavour. He joins the young literati and even agrees to allow an attractive, coquettish actress recite his texts. But he soon becomes aware that he’s no longer capable of writing anything new…
A year on from the runaway success of Anatol and a year before his definitive breakthrough with Liebelei, Schnitzler’s early portrait of bohemian society gives the reader fascinating insights into the fears, insecurities and anxieties of the author at the age of 35.
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