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. Praise. “Broch is the greatest novelist European literature has produced since Joyce, and The Death of Virgil represents the only genuine technical advance.

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Loved it, by the way, so that was time well spent. The first pages contains repetitive stream-of-consciousness which, by modern accounts, seems rather juvenile and pedantic. 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 bfoch his long-time girlfriend, and has fled a gentrifying Thf Berg that dismays him. Please try again later. I’ve learnt that deaht German and this English translation were published simultaneously, and Broch worked closely with Untermeyer.

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 his friends. Broch presents the rich, dense, intellectual sensibilities of Virgil with a style that will challenge and immensely satisfy readers of gorgeous literary novels.

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For me reading Death of Virgil was a downright ecstatic experience. Retrieved from ” https: The Death of Virgil First rhe. For ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born’ – Gramsci Burn the Aeneid. And I’m definitely a fan of the Modernist several-pages-to-a-sent i went into this book with high hopes.

Virgil is so tormented by the inadequacies he finds in his masterpiece that he threatens to burn the Aeneid but is forbidden by Augustus to do so.

Whether you believe or not, you must undergo this trial whereby you know there are things you cannot know.


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 embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once sensual and profound.

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Some scholars have interpreted the book as an anti- Nazi novel. Hell, I even decided to read The Aeneid before delving into this one just because it’s ridiculous that I hadn’t and I wanted to get the backstory.

Death of Virgil

Broch, in fact, is at his best when putting the hallucinatory confusion and chaos he has sown around the reader to direct use. Wow, some of the phantasmagoric descriptions, both straight-forward and surreal, and word-pictures are absolutely startling and haunting!! So finally, why doth one need a prize for ploughing through this black lava flow of a tje Feb 17, J. With “Virgil” this was a nightly occurrence. Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami. Not all the knowledge of Latin in the world will make this book an easy read, and none is necessary really.

Get to Know Us. Personally, I regard its reputation as more than well deserved on the writing alone but it would appear that it also has another appeal to others through its origin story as well. Virgil simultaneously speaks with the boy and speaks about the boy with his two friends who cannot see him.

See and discover other items: May 21, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject detah our final approval.

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In addition to asking about perception, both hemann asking what has happened to my Germany, and how do I find my way forward? From the Trade Paperback edition. AeneidLatin brocj poem written from about 30 to 19 bce by the Roman poet Virgil. He seems to associate himself with the view that the poems Aetna and Culex are Virgil’s and I would rather believe that he had never read them for which I could blame nobody than that he could possibly have taken that stuttering rubbish for the work of the master.


I hope it is the original that George Steiner is talking about on the back cover, because if not what he says does not deserve a moment’s notice. Thus, the book becomes more of a psychological one over one of any action. It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that I’ve actually contemplated not finishing.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Apr 28, Oc added it. The Man Without Qualities Vol. Fire – The Descent abandons the external world, turning inwards to the tortured mind of the declining Virgi I was immediately captivated by the first section Water – The Arrival of The Hemann of Virgilwith its masterful, lyrical prose: However, as the English translator, Jean Starr Untermeyer, worked closely with the author for over a period deatg five years on this book and it is often said that she should nearly be credited as co-author.

Exceptional book, should be read by all students of literature. A sensitive and patient reader will be generously rewarded by the sheer poetry of the rich and meaningful language written by a first-rate, unheralded genius in Hermann Broch.