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Rilke's "Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge"

"In the only novel by one of the German language's greatest poets, a young man named Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris while his belongings rot in storage. Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and with little but a library card to distinguish him from the city's untouchables, he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which he is the sole living descendant. Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke's semi-autobiographical novel is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story. It is also one of the first great modernist novels."

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  • John

    This was one of my favorite novels, if only because of its unusual and oblique meditations on childhood and death, from the perspective of a struggling author/artist in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. "Notebooks" was a strange read, but contained many memorable scenes and sentences.

    1 · June 1, 2014

    • Melania

      I missed completely the significance of the scenes, but the "philosophical"­ insights are a endless source of quotes. Wish there were more modern writers as intense.

      June 20, 2014

  • Catherine D.

    A book that requires much from the reader. Wonderful discussion. Left the meeting understanding so much more than when I arrived, with still more to think about. This group is very fortunate in its leader. The other members are great too. Really enjoyed this.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Janet K.

    Sorry, I ran out of time before I ran out of book.

    May 1, 2014

  • heather p.

    Can't make it as have some out of town visitors...

    April 22, 2014

  • Amy

    Have deeply appreciated a number of other works by Rilke and am looking forward to reading this and the discussion.

    March 2, 2014

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