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Der Witwer (The Widower)

October 29, 2011
Posted at 7:52 pm
Updated: October 29, 2011 - 7:56 pm

The first half of this story is a modern rewrite which closely follows the plot of a story written by an Austrian writer, Arthur Schnitzler. The original story was written in 1894. Schnitzler is best known today as the author of the novella upon which the movie "Eyes Wide Shut' was based. Schnitzler died in 1931.

I didn't like his rather abrupt and inconclusive ending, so I continued the story and wrote my own. This story uses a number of terms, phrases and place names that are in common use by Angelenos.

Please note that the voting will be turned off since the first part of the story, although retold in modern day California, is a derivative work.

Two additional things I should mention up front: There is almost no dialog during most of the first half of the story, because the character is by himself, and the story line moves rather slowly. But have no fear, it picks up in the second half. The second issue regards surnames. Schnitzler didn't use any surnames in his story, so in keeping with his story, I am not assigning them either.

I posted this story on another site a little earlier this year, so if it seems familiar to you...