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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The book ostensibly recounts the last day of Virgil’s life as he contemplates burning the Aeneid.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The Art of Travel Alain de Botton. Any yet, as much as this novel fails and it could never succeed there is something within in, something that occurs during the process of reading, during the, yes, symphonic nature of the text and the concepts contained therein — it is almost as though, on their own, each idea is meaningless, yet somehow, when woven together, they can gesture towards something fundamental, and fundamentally inexpressible.

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Fire – The Descent abandons the external world, turning inwards to the tortured mind of the declining Virgi I was immediately captivated by the first section Water – The Arrival of The Death hermajn Virgilwith its masterful, lyrical prose: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Is that the fate of all poets? The significance of the work was understood upon publication, as it was immediately hailed as a work of great significance.


Inhe was imprisoned as a subversive by the Nazis, but was freed and fled to the Brkch States.

It describes the journey of the dying poet Vergil from the boat that carries from Athena to Brindisim, through mobfilled streets to the palace of Caesar Augustus who has ordered the journey.

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The Death of Virgil – Hermann Broch

Aug 02, Jacob Hurley rated it it was amazing Shelves: The long descriptions of existence and creation come seemingly from a trance, with Broch determined to write everything Virgil sees, no matter how exhaustive or immense the resulting catalog of existence is. View all 31 comments. He then passes into a state of enlightenment, where he journeys out of existence into the creative font of the universe.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. I don’t mean obvious bad writing – spelling mistakes, clumsy sentences or a lack in editing – but language that for some reason rubs me the wrong way and makes it impossible for me to focus on the rest of the book.

The Death of Virgil

Virgil’s fear that his writing will only serve to encourage autocratic repression is seen as a direct result of the Nazi Party’s interest in and inspiration from classical sources. Its unclear who the boy is and why he keeps visiting Virgil and Virgil has a difficult time even discovering the young boys name. Aug 20, knig rated it liked it Shelves: So, what have we got?

The farewell voyage goes on into an experience of hermabn animism of the cosmos. It is one of the ultimate novels about art and artistry.


The third section is just as much a shock: 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. The Death of Virgil novel by Broch.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Oct 09, Joshua rated it really liked it Shelves: I finished it in just a few days, practically in a trance. It’s a worthy capstone beyond measure, the heart of an unforgettable novel, and a must read for the enlightened few. 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: He wants to start again but it’s too late for that The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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. In one scene, Virgil sits in his room discussing the fate of his unfinished masterpiece with two of his friends.

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