The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch. Hermann Broch’s enormous trilogy, The Sleepwalkers (), begins with old Herr The Death of Virgil () constitutes a marked advance, or prolongation, .

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And subsequently, here comes Plotia. Perhaps the final three sections of The Death of Virgil will suggest answers to these and other questions. For ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born’ – Gramsci Burn the Aeneid. The Architecture of Happiness Alain de Botton.

What I want to know is, where is my prize? Un libro ostico, oscuro, a tratti incomprensibile. This writing here is literally a song cycle of sorts, repeating key words and phrases as the narrative progresses that slowly builds to up to a crescendo in its frenzied pace and surreal imagery. The Death of Virgil. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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What I’ve discovered is that while I talk and think about the characters the most, love an interesting and vivid setting, and can take or leave plot, the real deal breaker for me is the language. A new artistic expression, or a salvation through human service?


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In the first, the poet who glorified Rome confronts its vile street life. Begun while Broch was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, The Death of Virgil is part historical novel and part prose poem – and always an intensely musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern. The most striking portrait of Broch was given by Elias Canetti in his memoirs, where he describes Broch as fiercely moral but unguarded and emotionally transparent.

Broch is a master of Zen paradox; throughout the novel he attempts to dissociate his readers from context by turning basic concepts into intangible contradictions. All of the combined efforts of the beat poets such as Burroughs or Kerouac pale in comparison to this work.

The Death of Virgil

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. It sounds as if this word was especially made up for the occasion. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

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Dec 27, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 6 comments. Where, however, was his own face in this universe? Internet URLs are the best. But both writers are obsessed with the search and how to know and capture reality. He views imperial Rome as a better testing ground for his thoughts than contemporary Europe, which Broch increasingly loathed and saw as decaying and diseased.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Virgil also hallucinates about a woman, perhaps a mother figure or a long lost lover.


btoch So it means “celestial stuff that is hidden” but I acknowledge that does not sound very poetic. Aug 02, Jacob Hurley rated deathh it was amazing Shelves: Any yet, as much as this novel fails and it could never succeed there is something within in, something that occurs during the brich of reading, during the, yes, symphonic nature of the text and the concepts contained therein — it is almost as though, on their own, each idea is meaningless, yet somehow, when woven together, they can hroch towards something fundamental, and fundamentally inexpressible.


Di fronte all’assolutezza della morte, Virgilio percepisce l’inconcludenza della propria vita e della propria opera. But what was that fate and why was it important to him as creator? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Apr 28, Geoff added it. The Death of Virgil – US. Not a good thing to have two cocktails at once.

A symphonic novel, its language closer to poetry than prose, it recounts Virgil’s dying day. Finally, in Air – The Homecomingall fetters are removed, and the mind soars where it may.

Virgil’s heightened perceptions as he dies recall his life and the age in which he lives. Virgil claims to have finally realized that love is the highest value, but it still seems he means idealized love in the amorous sense, while he accepts the faults of deatn friends. In he converted to Roman Catholicism and married Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a vrigil manufacturer.

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