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Rainer Maria Rilke-The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

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Rainer Maria Rilke-The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge


The worms will be discussing The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. 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 describes in "ultra realism" the rise of mass culture, the loss of individualism and personal value in 20th century Europe. It's told through the eyes of a failed artist and destitute nobleman arriving in Paris for treatment of some undisclosed mental illness. It contrasts with Kafka's surrealism, dealing with (basically) the same themes
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