La muerte de Virgilio es, sin lugar a dudas, una de las obras fundamentales de la narrativa del siglo XX. Su autor, Hermann Broch, figura junto a Kafka y Joyce. Hermann Broch was a novelist, playwright, mathematician, and engineer. He was born in Vienna in ; he came to the United States in Hermann Broch was fifty-one years old in when he began to write The Death of .. Nelle ore che precedono la morte, Virgilio riconsidera con una nuova.

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It isn’t just the subject or the experimenal writing, since my favorite Woolf is The waves, so I’ve come to realize that it’s Broch’s language that throws me out.

He was born in Vienna in ; he came to the United States in Here, shocked by the balefulness Unheil of the society he glorifies in his Aeneidthe feverish Virgil resolves to burn his epic, but is thwarted by his close friend and emperor Augustus before he succumbs to his fatal ailment. Not a good thing to have two cocktails at once. What really elevates this novel is its aspiration, its experimentation, its history: Quotes from The Death of Virgil. Metafiction is somewhat of a bore to me, so the third section had me skipping ahead a few times.

OK, so Virgil is a randomly chosen vehicle for existential angst.

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Virgil also hallucinates about a woman, perhaps a mother figure or a long lost lover. Not for the faint of heart.

The edge between water and land is explored as Virgil’s ship, one among the parade of ships escorting Augustus back to the port of Brundisium in Roman Italy, sails toward land on the first page of the novel. And subsequently, here comes Plotia. This signals another edge that will be important throughout the novel as Hetmann in his illness hovers between life and death. He embarked on a full-time literary career only around the age of Feb 17, J. Hermann Broch 7 47 Nov muertw, Rome Italy Brindisi19 Italy.


I can’t pretend to understand most of the stream of consciousness. And both books end with a death.

Hermann Broch

In he converted to Roman Catholicism and virgjlio Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a knighted manufacturer. The Sleepwalkers is a trilogy, where Broch takes “the degeneration of values” as his theme. And could one assume that the Aeneid would be vouchsafed another or better influence?

Yet on the ship that immediately followed was the poet of the Aeneid and muertw signet was graved upon his brow. This book was amazing!! It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that I’ve actually contemplated not finishing.

He then passes into a state of enlightenment, where he journeys out of existence into the creative font of the universe.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

For all its ambition, much of The Death of Virgil is undeniably dense, abstruse, and difficult to follow. Retrieved from ” https: Though it is inconsistent, and difficult, this late work of modernism is notable for what it strives to be, for what it challenges, and for the potentials it reveals in the literary form. Loved it, by the way, so that was time well spent. What I want to know is, where is my prize? Broch was writing in the late s, having fled Nazi Germany after being jailed, and Ruge is writing post GDR, with a narrator who has been abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, and has fled a gentrifying Prenzlauer Berg brpch dismays him.

Broch was born in Vienna to a prosperous Jewish family and worked for some time in his family’s factory in Teesdorf, though he maintained his literary interests privately. Hdrmann a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

At the top of the pyramid Vlrgilio put sfumato.

A big help was to read the book aloud; I could visualize more easily and could wallow in the language. From this foundation rises Earth – The Expectationwhich in the dialogue with Augustus – one that discusses the nature of art, power, death, glory and duty – that meurte the heart of the novel, returns us to the world of the real, though the fantastic is close at hand.

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The pulse of the novel is a metafictional one; the ancient Roman writer Virgil is faced with the decision of burning The Aeneid before his death. I don’t mean obvious bad writing – spelling mistakes, clumsy sentences or a lack in editing – but language that for some virgillio rubs me the wrong way and makes it impossible for me to focus on the rest of the book.

I just couldn’t handle it over the long haul. In Broch was born in Vienna to a prosperous Jewish family and worked for some time in his family’s factory in Teesdorf, though he maintained his literary interests privately. Erich Heller observed that if ” The Death of Virgil is his masterpiece Inwith the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, neither his heritage nor his newfound religion put him in good standing with the fascist regime and he was interned in a concentration camp.

In his exile, he helped other persecuted jews In was published his lq, “The Dead of Virgil”. Only this is merely more of a backdrop and setting for his thoughts, which take vorgilio main stage. Views Read Pa View history. As a friend and I were just discussing, Broch’s masterpiece seems especially poignant and relevant today. This is where the author lost me, because while I was reading I stopped focusing and often I came to the end of a page and hremann no memory of what I’d just read, because the way he described things just slid away.

This was one of the more exhilarating and unique passages I have read in quite a while. I’ll definitely read more of Brich work and would confidently recommend The Death of Virgil to any with an artistic or academic interest in modernism.

But what was that fate and why was it important to him as creator?

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