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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xvii

The collection The Human Family is the first complete translation of Menschenkinder, the cycle of ten novellas that Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937) wrote between 1895 and 1898 and published in 1899. It is intended to further recent criticism's rediscovery of Andreas-Salomé's significance as a thinker and writer, above all with regard to her literary contribution to modern feminism and the principles of women's emancipation. ...

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Before the Awakening

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pp. 1-20

The windows of the railroad car are so frosted over from the January cold that the passengers barely discern the dawn's light shining in. The ice figures on the windowpanes take on a bluish tint, and from the narrow gangway that runs the length of the passenger car of the composite train, past the separate compartments, the little serving boy can be heard as he hurries along from the dining car with his tray of clinking cups. ...

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Unit for "Men, Internal"

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pp. 21-39

"Look here, Otto, an official note of gratitude from the von Brinken family: 'For the widespread show of sympathy at the death and burial of our unforgettable sister and niece Christiane von Brinken, nurse at the House of St. Michael.' " Doctor Otto Griepenkerl is standing at the window of his study and looking out in silence as an east wind drives a fine, cold November rain against the windowpanes. Behind him across the room, in the bright light of his green desk lamp, his wife is sitting, leaning over to read the evening paper spread out on the table. ...

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Maidens' Roundelay

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pp. 40-60

The decorator had already been working for hours on the upper main floor of the old family hotel. The roller blinds in the rooms that opened out onto the shaded garden were undergoing some repairs--that sort of thing was often necessary here in this rather old-fashioned building. But despite that it was so comfortably situated, more like a quiet garden house than a hotel in the middle of Munich. ...

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One Night

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pp. 61-75

The long, yellow main building, when seen from the street, looks quite gloomy, but inside, in the large main courtyard, the grand old chestnut trees are in full Maytime bloom, and on the benches under the low-hanging branches convalescents can be seen sitting in the twilight, wearing their bright hospital clothes and conversing peaceably with each other. ...

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On Their Way

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pp. 76-92

The higher they went, the shorter the long days of the Maytime sun seemed to become. Up by dark and gloomy Schwarzensee the cone shapes of mighty mountains were already blocking out the sun, while down in the deep valleys everything was still bathed in shining light. ...

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A Reunion

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pp. 93-104

The hotel on the Stephansplatz in Vienna was--as always--booked solid and, on this particular midday, the site of lively activity. Though the season was well on toward late autumn, the flow of tourists headed for Russia or Italy, for Switzerland or the provinces of the German Empire, was still far from over. ...

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Paradise

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pp. 105-132

...These unassuming little wings were really much better, so wonderful the way they nestled gently in the folds of her dress. Nobody had ever noticed that she had them. And, after all, the main thing remained, of course, that she could actually fly. ...

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Incognito

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pp. 133-151

...Her small suitcase was still lying on the back seat of the carriage; to a pretty, plump woman who was just hurrying up, the coachman, without stirring from his driver's seat, was expounding at length upon how they had him alone to thank for this guest; for down in Innsbruck the young lady had said only: "somewhere in the mountains!" ...

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A Death

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pp. 152-173

Esther was climbing up the carpeted stairs just as the gas was being lit; on the first landing she opened the door to her apartment and stepped into the still unlit hallway.As she was taking off her coat, still wet from the rain, she listened at the adjoining children's room. Only then did she quietly open the door and step in. ...

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At One, Again, with Nature

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pp. 174-202

Almost all who encountered her turned their heads; yet no one could have said what was so striking about her. Even in the by no means extravagant Königsberg her English walking suit had to be considered the model of correct apparel for a lady of the finest circles who, on this cloudless September evening, was still out for a bit of a walk in the light of the setting sun. ...