Hermann Broch was a novelist, playwright, mathematician, and engineer. He was born in Vienna in ; he came to the United States in La Muerte de Virgilio by Hermann Broch, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Download Citation on ResearchGate | La muerte de Virgilio / Hermann Broch | Traducción de: Der Tod des Vergil }.

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The long descriptions of existence and creation come seemingly from a trance, with Broch determined to write everything Virgil sees, no matter how exhaustive or immense the resulting catalog of existence is. Here are a couple of the passages I marked up: Jan 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Lw It sounds as if this word was especially made up for the occasion.

I know there are people who can enjoy this style, as I can see on these pages of Goodreads, but this time I have to say: My favorite writers when it comes to language is Virginia Woolf and and Patrick O’Brian, where it almost doesn’t matter what they write because I will read it and like it.

Any yet, as much as this novel fails and it could never succeed there is something within in, something that occurs during the process 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 gesture towards something fundamental, and fundamentally inexpressible.

Broch, in fact, is at his best when putting the hallucinatory confusion and chaos he has sown around the reader to direct use.

Brocb the Home Gift Guide. It varies from book to book how they are used and how important they are, and all readers have different opinions about which one s matter to them.

Guy Davenport says this book “may be the final elegy closing the long duration of a European literature from Homer to Joyce. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

While talking with his two acquaintances Virgil has a series of overlapping illusions. 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. He allegedly had an affinity to a woman called Plotia, btoch refused carnal relations with her. Well, here is an example of what is l store for the stalwart who embark: Characters, Plot, Setting and Language.


Hushour rated it liked it. Apr 28, Geoff added it. The book ostensibly recounts the last day of Virgil’s life as he contemplates burning the Aeneid.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. To ask other readers questions about The Death of Virgilplease sign up. 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 virgiio abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, and has fled a gentrifying Prenzlauer Berg that dismays him.

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La Muerte de Virgilio

But I also chose another one off the list, a swashbuckler, to offset it: So it means “celestial stuff that is hidden” but I acknowledge that does not sound very poetic. I don’t mean obvious bad writing – spelling mistakes, clumsy sentences or a lack in editing – but language that for some reason rubs me the wrong way and makes it impossible for me to focus on the rest of the book.

I personally think the problem with the Aeneid is that it was written as flattery, since for me is is a deadly flat poem compared to other epics.

Naturally, the structure of this novel is claimed to be superior in the original German. This seemed appropriate, as the subject is at once immortality and evanescence; the power of love and the vanity of human creation. Our emotionally wounded narrator has just realized that a convalescing woman he sees hobble down the village promenade each morning in a small Spanish town where he is holed up reminds him of his high school civics teacher in the former GDR: While talking to his friends and the emperor Virgil tries to explain why he feels this way, and how false art shouldn’t be preserved or read and that therefore he wants to burn the Aeneid, and in between he has these really intense images or hallucinations.

The final chapter exhibits the final hallucinations of the poet, where Virgil voyages to a distant land at which he witnesses roughly the biblical creation story in reverse. Here, the artistry of the written word is not just window dressing to hang dazzling forms of expression but are also equal in power to its very message. I can take a hard bite, when it comes to difficult literature, but this one just went too far for me. You know how inventive German can be in the construction of composite words that do not really exist but most people would understand.


Di fronte all’assolutezza della morte, Virgilio percepisce l’inconcludenza della propria vita e della propria opera.

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These images go on for pages virgolio pages, without any breaks or pauses, with the sentences that never seemed to end and repeated the same things over and over with some variations, and as the book went on and Virgil slipped away he became more and more virtilio in the way he described the universe.

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 brochh leave plot, the real deal breaker for me is the language. 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. Or where sense escapes us, yet for sound: 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.

The Death of Virgil

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Out of the last hours of Virgil’s life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, the Austrian writer Hermann Broch fashioned one of the great works of twentieth-century modernism, a book that emb It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar’s enchanter, has been broc to the palace, where he will shortly die.

He has visions of a young boy who earlier in the book Virgil spied weaving his way through the clamoring mob. Of course, what with me being older and wiser, I know exactly how to handle this type of situation.

Now, I do virgilko the fleshless union with Plotia, along virgiilio part 4, the Homecoming, to be the most lyrical and magical renditions in the book, but still.