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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May 22, David M rated it it was amazing. More radically than Joyce, it subverts the time-structure and linear progressions on which prose fiction is normally built.

The Death of Virgil | novel by Broch |

Appeal to poets chiefly. Quotes from The Death of Virgil. The Death of Virgil is not something to engage and certainly not to argue with, but it virbil its effectsand they are unique.

The stream of consciousness and complex literary allusions in the novel were influenced by the modernist style of James Joyce.

Oct 09, Joshua rated it really liked it Shelves: It is, in all senses, a timeless work. At the top of the pyramid I put sfumato. So, what have we got? The German edition sold out immediately; it took over twenty years for the English-language copies to be sold.

It was in this dismal and foreboding setting that he began work writing this particular novel. A Very Short Introduction. He gradually increased his involvement in the intellectual life of Vienna, becoming acquainted with Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sigmund Freud, and Robert Musil, among others.

Feb 20, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 11, David Lentz rated it it was amazing. There is much in this tale about the challenges of writers to capture the virggil essence of life and the torment by Virgil about his inability to truly capture it in the Aeneid.


The narrative reenacts the last hours of life of the Virgol poet Virgilin the port of Brundisium Brindisiwhence he had accompanied the emperor Augustushis decision — frustrated by the emperor — to burn his Aeneidand his final reconciliation with his destiny. Augustus flatters Virgil; Virgil will have none of it. He views imperial Rome as a better testing ground for his thoughts than contemporary Europe, which Broch increasingly loathed and saw as hetmann and diseased.

Virgil felt on the verge of — what?

Death of Virgil

Hard to follow at points, intensely abstract, dialectical within the interior monologue the narrator seems to overhear himself puzzling over the ideas and concepts he approaches and very innovative and at times deeply powerful and moving but Rather than being a pretentious and dry example of Classic Litit is instead considered something of a legendary modern classic in every sense of the meaning.

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. And neither does Virgil: What follows does not deliver to the promise of this opening: A big help was to read the book aloud; I could visualize more easily and deat wallow in the language.

Bbroch allegedly had an affinity to a woman called Plotia, but refused carnal relations with her. She beckons him to join her in a paradisaical alternative dimension that weaves its way through the conversation taking place in Virgil’s room.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing German-language text Articles containing potentially dated statements from All articles containing potentially dated statements All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Virgil seems, by all counts, to have been a homosexual individual. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.


This marriage dured until And I’m definitely a fan of the Modernist several-pages-to-a-sentence, subjective immediacy style Joyce, Faulkner, Woolf, etc But this was just It varies from book to book how they are used and how important they are, and all readers have different opinions about whic 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. 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.

The Death of Virgil, Hermann Broch

Jean Starr Untermeyer Translator. Caesar dissuades him from destroying his manuscript.

Published January 15th by Vintage first published 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.

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