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Customers who bought this item also bought. However, the overall effect of this is not one of imitation but one of creating a unique prose poem that has not seen the like anywhere else in the history of literature. 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 forms the heart of the novel, returns us to the world of the real, though the fantastic is close at hand.

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Rhe I got about a half of it the first time. As is my wont, I approached with no background ammo: I have a very low tolerance for such writing and, when I come across things like this, divorced from their context, I wonder how I can have got through the novel once, let alone four times: Among other people, I recommend this book for writers with angst.

You know how inventive German can be in the construction of composite words that do not really exist but most people would understand. There is much in this tale about the challenges of writers to capture the This novel reads more like an epic poem than a novel, which is only right as the novel deals with the demise of the Aeneid’s brilliant author.

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The Death of Virgil

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. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Next I add a splash of Stoli and a sprinkle of Drambui. In the years before his death, he was researching mass psychology at Yale University.

Apr 28, Geoff added it. Virgil’s destructive decision stems from the revelation he is granted of the coming of Christ and the inherent freedom of all people under the eye of God. The Death of Virgil is a grand, complex accomplishment. While talkin There are passages in The Death of Virgil that are just breathtaking. The work of a gifted, sensitive man, a recapitulation of a life and an age, but it mournfully lacks any lightness or lucidity or even great originality.

Exceptional virgi, should be read by all students of literature. It varies from book to book how they are used and how important they are, and all readers have different opinions about whic The death of Virgil is a book that really didn’t work for me, and I’ve spent some time trying to figure out why.

Contact our editors with your feedback. In some cases the language is herjann Broch later turned from literature to devote himself to political theory and attempts to aid…. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote. In this essay he argued that “the work of art, the “universal work of art” becomes the mirror of the Zeitgeist”; that being the totality of the historic reality of the present age.

While talking with his two acquaintances Virgil has a series of overlapping illusions. One sees many shades of Aeneas in this tale about Virgil’s trip to visit Virgio to present him the Aeneid.

The Death of Virgil – Hermann Broch

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The ancients found exact aliquot ratios like this to be intellectually satisfying, but the last thing this book is about is exactness.


I finished it in just a few days, practically in a trance. 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. Ci sono due o tre argomenti su cui si continua a battere che crescono come panna montata fino a diventare soffocanti e ci sono temi e motivi che forse vengono tirati un po’ all’eccesso.


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In this book, Virgil is dying see the title and on his deathbed, while feverish and hallucinating, he looks back on his life and work and feels that he has failed in what he tried to do, which was to create a work of art that would both mirror the real world and show how to make it better.

Aug 02, Jacob Hurley rated it it was amazing Shelves: A new artistic expression, or a salvation through human service?

hermannn They indulge in discussions of art versus statecraft, Vergil wishes to destroy his own work, he expresses apprehension of the coming of Christianity, he deprecates the coming of the new element of “”perception””. Our emotionally wounded narrator has just realized that a convalescing woman he sees hobble down the village promenade each morning in This is a multiple work of art review because once again a serendipitous simultaneous reading developed my thoughts about this book.

Thd 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: And neither does Virgil: 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 had no memory of what I’d just read, because the way he described things just slid away. Master Harold and the Boys Athol Fugard.

At first cautiously introducing themes of rebirth and existential extrapolations on time and being lifted directly from Heideggerand finally abandoning all subtlety and throwing in the Messianic birth to a Virgin and daeth ensuing holy trinity as a prophecy, 20 years before the birth of Christ and on page The Best Books of However, what he ‘s done in “Virgil” is hrrmann way too hard to convey some aesthetic notions of the ethics ths art in a bombastic, repetitive, and downright treacly way.