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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He attended a technical college for textile manufacture and a spinning and weaving college. I’ll definitely read more of Broch’s work and would confidently recommend The Death of Virgil to any with an artistic or academic interest in modernism.

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. After this, he started an essay on mass behaviour, which remained unfinished.

Oct 13, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Germann passed into second immensity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

So, there is some consolation here that the English version is as close to the original intent as possible. So finally, why doth one need a prize for ploughing through this black lava flow of a narrative? The work known as The Death of Virgil would be his “great work of art”. He uses Virgil and the Aeneid to give weight broxh his subjects. The last days of Virgil as a theme is really interesting, and Broch gives a very lively account of the life at and around the court of emperor August.

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Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. The innovative, prose style of Broch reminded me of Proust with some of the longest and most beautiful sentences that I have ever read. Broch presents the rich, dense, intellectual sensibilities of Virgil with a style that will challenge and immensely satisfy readers of gorgeous hedmann novels.

Rome is vibrant but immoral, and Virgil, in his sensory immersion, achieves a sort of inhuman alienation from the people and society around him, connected but only partly conscious. Very few novels actually push the form to its limit and make you reconsider everything; Death of Virgil is one of them.


By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. So, if you dexth see either the opera or the HD rebroadcast, I highly recommend it. Effectively, he rewrites Virgil through the kaleidoscope of 20c mantra.

As he reflects, Virgil recognises that history is at a cusp and that he may have falsified reality in his attempt to create beauty. He is nearing the end of his life with a feeling that “it was time itself that called down scorn upon him, the unalterable flood of time with its manifold voices,” and deatj may not be able to escape his fate. To ask other readers questions about The Death of Virgilplease sign up.

Death of Virgil

Jan 11, Pages Buy. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. 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. I would therefore suggest reading it relatively quickly, and not lingering on each individual pronouncement of profundity.

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: As beautifully as this book is written, the translation by Jean Starr Untermeyer utterly blew me away seath this is a highly nuanced and complex novel about poetic sensibilities which dive deep into the abyss and float high into the “second immensity” of the “cupola of the stars”.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. She chanted in just the same soporific tone of complaint as she walked–slowly, slowly–between our rows of desks, announcing the basic laws of the dialectical method–making deayh pauses cirgil the words long enough for you to fall asleep as she asked the fundamental philosophical question for the hundredth time Hell, I even decided to read The Aeneid before delving into this one just because it’s jermann that I hadn’t and I wanted to get the backstory.


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. Please try again later.

Some scholars have interpreted the book as an anti- Nazi novel. I’m not going to say it’s Broch’s fault, necessarily, hence the three stars, but I also couldn’t say that I got everything out of it that I’d hoped.

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Inhe was imprisoned as a subversive by the Nazis, but was freed and fled to the United States. Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami. You too vkrgil on in the darkness, pressed on for homecoming journey, there where the moonbeams quivered in light on the ebbing sea For ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born’ – Gramsci Burn the Aeneid.

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 What goes through brohc mind of a poet on the verge of death? 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.

Jun 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Personally, I regard its reputation as more than well deserved vrigil the writing alone but it would appear that it also has another appeal to others through its origin story as well.

These images go on for pages and pages, without any breaks or pauses, with the sentences that never seemed to end and repeated the same things over and over with some nroch, and as the book went on and Virgil slipped away he became more and more metaphysical in the way he described the universe. The narrative reenacts the last hours of life of the Roman poet Virgilin the port of Brundisium Brindisiwhence he had accompanied the emperor Augustushis decision — frustrated by the emperor — to burn his Aeneidand his final reconciliation with his destiny.

Non posso nascondere, d’altra parte, che lo stile di scrittura rende quest’opera faticosissima da leggere: Maravilloso es quedarse corto