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Isbn: 978-87-2841-344-9
Publisher: Saga Egmont
Novels Society & Culture Plays
Accessible since: September 2022


Hands Around

Serving as the inspiration to an episode of ‘M.A.S.H.’ starring Alan Alda, ‘Hands Around’ is a short play, covering the conversations between ten pairs of characters.

With each pair from a different section of society, Schnitzler explores the idea that sex will not be bound by the construct of the social class system.

Considered scandalous at the time, ‘Hands Around’ offers a psychological dissection of the thoughts and feelings of those in 19th century Vienna.

‘Hands Around’ is perfect for those interested in adding a unique and unforgettable play to their reading list!

The son of a physician, Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931) was born in Vienna. At the age of 17, he enrolled at the city’s university, studying medicine. After graduating, he began work as a doctor at the Vienna General Hospital.

Despite seeing himself primarily as a man of science, Schnitzler began writing when he was 31. His first works, poems, and short stories, focusing on the themes of jealousy and adultery, laid the foundations for his first play, ‘Anatol.’ Due to its psychological nature, ‘Anatol’ was praised by Sigmund Freud and later adapted for film, starring Gloria Swanson.

Schnitzler eventually retired from the medical profession to pursue his literary career. In addition to numerous plays, he also wrote two full-length novels, a dozen short stories, and two non-fiction books.

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