A Legacy by Sybille Bedford

By Sybille Bedford

A Legacy is the story of 2 very assorted households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding individuals of Berlin's haute bourgeoisie who count number a pal of Goethe between their unique ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy capability a lot of something to them anymore. safe of their large city residence, they commit themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, wealthy yet now not wealthy, from Germany's Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households might be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined.

Set in the course of the run-up to global conflict I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is alluring, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photo of a doomed lifestyle.

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The world I move in during the day does not contradict the one that exists at night. This is why I cannot claim to be troubled by the fact that humanity only lives half of the time. I no longer say that I dream, because the quantitative difference between the two phenomena of day and night also implies a qualitative one. I would propose the discovery of a new language that genuinely expresses the psychic phenomena which resemble, but are not identical to, dream. This dream which, even if still opposed to external reality, has long since ceased to Fig.

Slipping into bed, I was afraid to fall asleep because I had the premonition that there would be an earthquake that night. m. by a dreadful earthquake: the walls were shaking, wardrobes flung across the room, books falling down on all sides, objects and glasses smashing. 13 Throughout the duration of the quake I kept shouting that I knew it would happen. These powers of prediction, which Fig. 5 Clairvoyance in Varying Degrees I was discovering for the first time, only increased my terror. Half an hour later G.

Fig. 's diurnal masturbatory practice of collecting pencil sharpeners, which I had followed from the start with the greatest interest, corresponded to the general masturbatory aspect presented to me through dreams before and after the analysis, driven by the castration complex. These erotic, plastic, and nocturnal practices confirmed this isolated practice. Between the legs hanging below the cushion, the two distinct elements upon the cushion - the hand and the penis - came together so as to become inseparable.

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