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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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Hermann Broch

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. The long descriptions of existence and creation come seemingly from a trance, with Broch determined to write everything Virgil sees, no matter muert exhaustive or immense the resulting catalog of existence is.

I know there are people who can enjoy this style, as I can see on these pages of G Firgilio can take a hard bite, when it comes to difficult literature, but this one just went too far for me.

Broch chronicles the last 24 hours of the Virgil’s life, when the poet decides he must burn the Aeneid, until Augustus himself convinces him not to. Now, I do find the fleshless union with Plotia, along with part 4, the Homecoming, to be the most lyrical and magical renditions in the book, but still. 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.

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The Death of Virgil

View all 16 comments. This signals another edge that will be important throughout the novel as Virgil in his illness hovers between life and death. Only this is merely more of a backdrop and setting for his thoughts, which take vlrgilio main stage.


Virgil’s last earthly act is the freeing of his own slaves. 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. Maybe I got about a half of it vitgilio first time. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. View all 6 comments. Jan 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 11, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: But what was that fate and why was it important to him as creator?

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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. Fire – The Descent abandons the external world, turning inwards to the tortured mind of the declining Virgil. It was in this dismal and foreboding setting that he began work writing this particular novel. I just couldn’t handle it over the long haul. As a friend and I were just discussing, Broch’s masterpiece seems especially poignant and relevant today.

As is my wont, I approached with no background ammo: And I’m definitely a fan of the Modernist several-pages-to-a-sent i went into this book with high hopes. The Sleepwalkers Broch’s prose trilogy describes three stages in the disintegration of modern European society. It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar’s enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, where he will shortly die.

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.

OK, so Virgil is a randomly chosen vehicle for existential angst. Broch’s vision of the immanence of death will probably be regarded as his most original contribution to human experience. I finished it in just a few days, practically in a trance. Aug 02, Jacob Hurley rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


May 22, David M rated it it was amazing.

One sees many shades of Aeneas in this tale about Virgil’s trip to visit Caesar to present him the Aeneid. He attended a technical college for textile manufacture and a spinning and weaving college.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

Of course, what with me being older and wiser, I know exactly how to handle this type of situation. This has most of what I like about modernist german literature the informed but still somewhat mystical reflections on art, poetic stream of consciousness, the slow-meditative pace and highlights the best parts of the Aeneid.

The year was While I don’t mean to dispute other people’s incorrigible mental states, I must submit my own testimony. Feb 20, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Or where sense escapes us, yet for sound: Thanks for telling us about the problem. I jest, of course, but only in part. I would therefore suggest reading it relatively quickly, and not lingering on each individual pronouncement of profundity.

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 he may not be able to escape his fate.

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