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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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. He allegedly had an affinity to a woman called Plotia, but refused carnal relations with her.

The first two sections are incredibly consistent, religiously intense, and before beginning the third section I was predicting that this would be in my top 5 reads of all time.

Hermann Broch

Una lettura faticosa, spesso estenuante. 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. This totality is reflected in great works of art like Faust and the late works of Beethoven. However, what he ‘s done in “Virgil” is try way too hard to convey some aesthetic notions of the ethics of art in a bombastic, repetitive, and downright treacly way.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch.

The Death of Virgil

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize and considered one of the major Modernists. This page was last edited on 24 Juneat I only continued reading it because it’s considered by no lesser figures than the likes of George Steiner and Thomas Mann as one brch the pinnacles of European literature.

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 by his long-time girlfriend, and has fled a hegmann Prenzlauer Berg that dismays him. Rome Italy Brindisi19 Italy. Erich Heller observed that if ” The Death of Virgil is his masterpiece 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 the mind of a poet on the verge of death?


He even says his Georgics are useless, inferior to any expert treatise on agriculture. It cirgilio because of the obvious things – bad writing, one-dimensional characters, uninteresting plot – or because of a pet peeve, but I had to force myself to finish it.

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I say Platonic because Broch says it. Or rather, Broch fails to sew it all up together. Return to Book Page. Virgil felt on the verge of — what? While talking to his friends and the emperor Virgil tries to explain why he feels this way, and how false virgi,io 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. Plotia I saw, but I found not my father, and she also vanished View all 4 comments. This seemed appropriate, as the subject is at once immortality and evanescence; the power of love and the vanity of human creation.

Austrian writers German writers Liechtenstein writers Swiss writers in German. It is a mammoth undertaking in execution, story and form and is nothing muerge than the work of an inspired genius at the top of his game.

One sees many shades of Aeneas in this tale about Virgil’s trip to visit Caesar to present him the Aeneid.

The year was The Met opera also resonated with The Death 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.

I finished it in just a few days, practically in a trance.

He has visions of a young boy who earlier in the book Virgil spied weaving his way through the clamoring mob. Whether you believe or not, you must undergo this trial whereby you know there are things you brcoh know. Muete 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.


You know how inventive German can be in the construction of …more Oh dear: While reading this one gets the sense that there is no purpose in life, that we are just herman for the ride, while natural laws and theoretical ideas are only toys we use for exercising the gifts of reason and story. This is something that he is unsure of even to the point of asking himself why he was writing this book The Aeneid which is always by his side.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

This is not an easy read, but well worth it and highly recommended. This is a multiple work of art review because once again a serendipitous simultaneous reading developed my thoughts about this book.

I’ve learnt that the German and this English translation were published simultaneously, and Broch worked closely with Untermeyer. 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. Well, a thumb full. The medievals took him for a herald of Christianity, I believe on the strength of a prophecy of Augustus.

Hermann Broch 7 47 Nov 04, 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 variations, and as the book went on and Virgil slipped away he became more and more metaphysical in the way he described the universe. Inwith the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, neither his heritage nor his newfound religion put him in good standing with the fascist regime and he was interned in a concentration camp.

Must they be exiled by their fate to become an artist of this world?