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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Our emotionally wounded narrator has just realized that a convalescing woman he sees hobble down the mierte 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: This is something bdoch 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.

Broch’s vision of the immanence of death will probably be regarded as his most original contribution to human experience. It is a mammoth undertaking in execution, story and form and is nothing less than the work of an inspired genius at the top of his game. 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 murte the pauses between the words long enough for you to fall asleep as she asked the fundamental philosophical question for the hundredth time May se, David M rated it it was amazing.

The author, Herrmann Broch, was Austrian writer born to Jewish parents in who later converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 23 in Hermann Broch was a novelist, playwright, mathematician, and engineer.

The basic straight-forward story is short and quickly told: The writing goes at a fever pitch for the entire book, stopping muertf to dive into Virgil and Augustus’s philosophical debate.


Surely he was also the boundlessness aiming towards the flight! The Outlaws of the Marsh. This signals another edge that will be important throughout the novel as Virgil in his illness hovers between life virgilil death. He allegedly had an affinity to a woman called Plotia, but refused carnal relations with her.

In depth, and existentially. 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. There’s also a servant in the room. Jan 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Begun while Broch was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, The Death of Virgil is part historical novel and part prose poem – and always an intensely musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern.

For me, books are made out of four building blocks: With the annexation of Austria by the NazisBroch was arrested, but a movement organized by friends — including James Joyce — managed to have him released and allowed to emigrate; first to Britain and then to the United Stateswhere he finished his novel The Death of Virgil and began to work, similar to Elias Canettion an essay on mass behaviour, which remained unfinished.

And neither vkrgilio Virgil: Feb 20, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Broch died in However, the overall effect of this is not one of imitation but one of creating a unique prose poem that has not seen the like anywhere else in the history of literature. Thus, the book becomes more of a psychological one over one of any action.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. In the very year the novel appeared, Broch confessed to ‘a deep revulsion’ from literature as such — ‘the domain of vanity and mendacity’. One sees many shades of Aeneas in this tale about Virgil’s trip to muertee Caesar to present him the Aeneid. I can’t pretend to understand most of the stream of consciousness.


In he converted to Roman Catholicism and married Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a knighted manufacturer. What I want to know is, where is my prize? One additional pleasure hermannn be found in the text is its beauty on a purely musical level.

E questo fa abbastanza impressione se si pensa che Broch ha scritto la maggio parte di questo romanzo in un carcere nazista, sicuro di andare incontro alla morte non meno di quanto lo fosse Virgilio a Brindisi.

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Where, however, was his own face in this universe? The book ostensibly recounts the last day of Virgil’s life as he contemplates burning the Aeneid. Refresh and try again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

For a more complete listing, see the MLA bibliography. AugustusPublius Vergilius Maro.

Only falsehood wins renown, not understanding! Herrmann rather, Broch fails to sew it all up together. This is a multiple work of art review because once again a serendipitous simultaneous reading developed my thoughts about this book. Setting is the opposite, where if you try to move the plot and characters somewhere else a lot of the book is lost, like Kipling’s Kim virgilo Wharton’s The age of innocence. There is much in this tale about the challenges of writers to capture the This mufrte reads more like an epic poem than a novel, which is only right as the novel deals with the demise of the Aeneid’s brilliant author.

Its all very bewildering and very beautiful. At the top of the pyramid I put sfumato.