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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: A Novel

Rainer Maria Rilke

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ISBN 10: 0679732454 / ISBN 13: 9780679732457
Published by Vintage, 1990
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Title: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: A ...

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: Vintage international ed.

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This is the definitive, widely acclaimed translation of the major prose work of one of our century's greatest poets -- "a masterpiece like no other" (Elizabeth Hardwick) -- Rilke's only novel, extraordinary for its structural uniqueness and purity of language. First published in 1910, it has proven to be one of the most influential and enduring works of fiction of our century.

Malte Laurids Brigge is a young Danish nobleman and poet living in Paris. Obsessed with death and with the reality that lurks behind appearances, Brigge muses on his family and their history and on the teeming, alien life of the city. Many of the themes and images that occur in Rilke's poetry can also be found in the novel, prefiguring the modernist movement in its self-awareness and imagistic immediacy.

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It is a book of quiet, close-knit prose studded with unforgettable scenes, set forth here in precise, analytical descriptions, there in intense, lyrical flights of near- poetry. It is uniquely Rilke and touches the reader with the same sudden revelations and uncanny awareness as do his poems.

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