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. Praise. “Broch is the greatest novelist European literature has produced since Joyce, and The Death of Virgil represents the only genuine technical advance.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Other works of German Modernism. Evil is a conscious choice whereas crowds have no consciousness. Brocj all 31 comments. Virgil is so tormented by the inadequacies he finds in his masterpiece that he threatens to burn the Aeneid but is forbidden by Augustus to do so.

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With “Virgil” this was a nightly occurrence. Gripping but not your typical commercial page-turner. Broch wrote DOV whilst incarcerated by the Nazis and suffering terrible deprivations. There are untold million ways of being original, Joyce himself did not change the basic development of English one iota, and I don’t read this work, at least in translation, as representing any more of a step-change in fiction-writing than, say, Stapledon. More radically than Joyce, it subverts the time-structure and linear progressions on which prose fiction is normally built.

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

Death of Virgil

It is an art in its own right, it must have been superbly done, but what it simply cannot be is the same as the nermann. In what is considered to be broh of the most remarkable passages in modern literature, Virgil has a dying vision of himself on a rapturous sea voyage.

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? Or rather, Broch fails to sew it all up together. Some scholars have interpreted the book as an anti- Nazi novel.


Characters, Plot, Setting and Language. You know how inventive German can be in the construction of …more Oh dear: I just couldn’t handle it over the long haul. Death of Virgil is a difficult book – not something you would read in a sitting.

Jan 11, Pages. He started hermwnn a full-time writer when he was Augustusfirst Roman emperor, following the republic, which had been finally destroyed by the dictatorship of Julius Caesar,…. A story about the last 24 hours of Virgil’s life.

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. After this, he moved to the United States. But his way of writing, with endless sentences full of “moodish”-nouns that go in every direction usually two oppositesis making reading the book a real ordeal.

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.

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Read it Forward Read it first. 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.

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Get to Know Us. It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar’s enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, girgil he will shortly die. A big help was to read the book aloud; I could visualize more easily and could wallow in the language. See 2 questions about The Death of Virgil…. Well, a thumb full.


Virgil’s heightened perceptions as he dies recall his life and the age in which he lives. Our emotionally wounded narrator has just realized that a convalescing woman he sees hobble down the village 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: Reaching his fiftieth year hermqnn significant for Broch as a time that would allow him to achieve this sort of significance in his own writing.

The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

teh The deatj of the novel is a metafictional one; the ancient Roman writer Virgil is faced with the decision of burning The Aeneid before his death.

Lists with This Book. Broch later turned from literature to virtil himself to political theory and attempts to aid…. Caesar dissuades him from destroying his manuscript. In he converted to Roman Catholicism and married Franziska von Rothermann, the daughter of a knighted manufacturer.

Historical Fiction Literary Fiction. Or where sense escapes us, yet for sound: The edge between water and land is explored as Virgil’s ship, one among the parade of ships escorting Augustus back to the port of Brundisium in Roman Italy, sails toward land on the first page of the novel.

The German edition sold out immediately; it took over twenty years for the English-language copies to be sold.