Hermann Broch was a novelist, playwright, mathematician, and engineer. He was born in Vienna in ; he came to the United States in 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. Buy La Muerte De Virgilio/ the Deaf of Virgilio by Hermann Broch (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on.

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The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

As is my wont, I approached with no background ammo: If I love how the author writes I can read and enjoy almost any book even if the content isn’t something I would normally pick, if I’m neutral or don’t notice the writing I can like the other parts, but if the language doesn’t work for me I can’t enjoy the book at all.

Its philosophy, though rich, is loosely articulated and hidden in language that tends to obscure meaning in ambiguity and tautology. In this book, Virgil is dying see the title and on his deathbed, while feverish and hallucinating, he looks back on his life virgolio work and feels that he has failed in what he tried to do, which was to create a work of art that would both mirror the real world and show how to make it better.

Equally opposing forces drawn kicking and screaming into an unholy unity. His work has been insincere, his eye for beauty has led him astray, he has been no help to the real human world. It wasn’t because of the obvious things – bad writing, one-dimensional hermamn, uninteresting plot – or because of a pet peeve, but I had to force myself to finish it. Whether you believe or not, you must undergo this trial whereby you know there are things you cannot know.

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I finished it in just a few days, practically in a trance. I have a very low tolerance for such writing and, when I come across things like this, divorced from their context, I wonder how I can have got through the novel once, let alone four times: 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, where he will shortly die.


Jan 06, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Untermeyer provides full poetic justice in her translation to richly bring to life in English a truly memorable work and one of life’s greatest literary treasures. 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 bdoch musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern.

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La muerte de Virgilio

This writing here is literally a song cycle of sorts, repeating key words and phrases as the narrative progresses that slowly builds to up to a crescendo in its frenzied pace and surreal imagery.

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The plot of this novel is centered on the famous Roman poet Virgil who has taken seriously ill with a fever while traveling to visit the emperor by royal command. The pulse of the novel hernann a metafictional one; the ancient Roman writer Virgil is faced with the decision of mherte The Aeneid before his death.

I can take a hard bite, when it comes to difficult literature, but this one just went hsrmann far for me. What goes through the mind of a poet on the verge of death? He wants to burn the Aeneid, is talked out of it by Augustus, and he dictates his last will to his friends.

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 method–making the pauses between the words long enough for vlrgilio to fall asleep as she asked the fundamental philosophical question for the hundredth time While I don’t mean to dispute other people’s incorrigible mental states, I must submit my own testimony.

Evil is a conscious choice whereas crowds have no consciousness. From this foundation rises Earth – The Expectationwhich in the dialogue with Augustus – one that discusses the nature of art, power, death, glory and duty – that forms the heart of the novel, returns us to the world of the real, though the fantastic is close at hand.


You know how inventive German can be in the construction of …more Oh dear: I know there are people who can enjoy this style, as I can see on these pages of G I can take a hard bite, when it comes to difficult literature, but this one just went too far for me.

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps the final three sections of The Death of Virgil will suggest answers to these and other questions. 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 book ostensibly recounts the last day of Virgil’s life as he contemplates burning the Aeneid.

The Death of Virgil

Paperbackpages. Where, however, was his own face in hermznn universe? For me reading Death of Virgil was a downright ecstatic experience. Can he possibly not know what platonic love is? But lets not quibble. In the end, the highs far outweigh the lows of this novel though there are some pretty significant portions of the book that I could not get past fast enough.

Now, I do find the fleshless union with Plotia, along with part 4, the Homecoming, to be the most lyrical and magical renditions in the book, but still.

He wants to start again but it’s too late for that Hermann Broch was fifty-one years old in when he began to write The Death of Virgil. Mark Mkerte Oh dear: At the top of the pyramid I put vidgilio.

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