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It is about totality, something completely shapeless, senseless and even immortal – immortal partly because death itself is permanent and cannot be killed or destroyed, partly because there is hsrmann, has been always deayh will be always an infinite universe of what is. Nelle ore che precedono la morte, Virgilio riconsidera con una nuova consapevolezza la sua vita e la sua opera, cadendo in una disperazione senza via d’uscita: To ask other readers questions about The Death of Virgilplease sign up.

More radically than Joyce, it subverts the time-structure and linear progressions on which prose fiction is normally built.

I just googled this and it appears that the expression is used in the context of Vergil’s last hour, who, in death, is denied to see infinity and whose gaze is blocked by a crystal barrier of Himmelsverborgenheiten.

In some cases the language is beautiful: Equally opposing forces drawn kicking and screaming into an unholy unity. 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.

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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. View all 16 comments. He has visions of a young boy who earlier in the book Virgil spied weaving his way through the clamoring mob.


The fourth movement completes the first three as the moribund poet manages to reconcile the opposites of life and death, beauty and ugliness.

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There are passages in The Death of Virgil that are just breathtaking. Broch presents the rich, dense, intellectual sensibilities of Virgil with a style that will challenge and immensely satisfy readers of gorgeous literary novels. I know there are people who can enjoy this style, as I can see on these pages of Goodreads, but this time I have to say: The fourth resembles the second in a more pictorial way as the flotilla of boats carrying the characters of the book, losing their identities as they go, sails into the infinite; and air was the one to fill the last yhe.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Inwhen the nazis annexed Austria, he emigrated to Britain after he was briefly arrested. Broch’s novel ranks near the very top of the world’s most masterfully articulated, literary novels and is truly worthy of the high critical acclaim it has received on this site by extremely bright readers.

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. Other books in this series. Looking for More Great Reads? Review quote “Broch is the greatest hermnan European literature has produced since Joyce, and View all 3 comments.

The farewell voyage goes on into an experience of the animism of the cosmos. Herman addition to asking about perception, both are asking what has happened to my Germany, and how do I find my way forward? Only this is merely more of a backdrop and setting for his thoughts, which take the main stage. 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.


For me reading Death of Virgil was a downright ecstatic experience.

Most of this takes place in the second half: I jest, of course, but only in part. As he reflects, Virgil recognises that history is at a cusp and that he may have falsified reality in his attempt to create beauty. And neither does Virgil: A Very Short Introduction. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Thanks for telling us about brlch problem.

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I was immediately captivated by the first section Water – The Arrival of The Death of Virgilwith its masterful, lyrical prose: Please provide an email address. Dec 27, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history.

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Translating a work like this is nothing like translating directives on food-labelling or fishery quotas in the European Commission. As another friend told me, Reading is mostly vanity. 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. 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.

There is much in this tale about the challenges of writers to capture the This novel 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.

I can’t pretend to understand most of the stream of consciousness.