Bruges-La-Morte by Georges Rodenbach is one of those minor pieces of world literature that can have a major effect on the reader. It is not a sublime work of art, . 3 / 1 / Georges Rodenbach, Bruges-la-Morte. James Elkins. This is the book most often taken as the starting point for novels illustrated with photographs. BRUGES-LA-MORTE t ‘Ronance. BY. GEORGES RODENBACH. Translated from the rench, with a Critical. Introduction, by. THOMAS DUNCAN. WITH THREE.

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There are some paragraphs here that seem to be made up entirely of alexandrines.

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I was also impressed by how he worked his themes into the narrative, in a way that is touching and engaging without being too heavy-handed. Is bfuges death merciful in this?

The novel influenced roodenbach later writers, including W. This is a religion which is supported by the mementos of the beloved dead wife includin A time of melancholic desperation.

This was Bruges-la-Morte, the dead city, entombed in its stone quays, the arteries of its canals chilled to death at the cessation of the great heartbeat of the sea. Belgian novels Bruges in fiction novels Novels set in Belgium Symbolist novels Novels about cities Works set in theatres and vruges houses.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this sense every photograph is either part of a portrait, or—in a wonderful equivocation—all the photographs comprise a portrait.


Li modella a immagine dei suoi paesaggi e delle sue campane. Anche l’edizio Da dove cominciare? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Still, the streets of Bruges have a slow-burning mystery here, and a well-wrought background of fanatical Catholic disapproval that builds to fever in the culminating Holy Blood procession.

A slight amendment for you: As it turns out, Erich Korngold did such a geortes in eodenbach, but the Nazis banned it, and I’m not sure that he would have had the right musical attitude.

The next photo, no. An entombment into a dust of memories. And the difference becomes more noticeable as time passes: He published eight collections of verse and four novels, as well as short stories, stage works and criticism.

There is also much made of how Bruges itself mirrors the wife, how it is a dead city, and how Hugues needed a dead city to represent the dead woman.

His narrator says of his lover: The Madonnas of the Primitives have similar flowing locks, descending in calm ripples. Drawn too close together, the differences appeared. In his obsession over Jane, the woman who resembles his dead wife, Viane is embodying this idea of the dead dying twice.

Yet, without wishing to compare the quality of the three books, all of which I love, I would say that this one gave me more of a sense of place than the others. It destroys everything, but leaves the hair intact.



Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And so many other tombs: Inthe Flemish film director Roland Verhavert adapted the novel as ” Brugge, die stille “.

The Stevenson and the Wilde are indisputably great works, but no one’s going to call them bduges.

The untranslatable title compresses that into a formula. Here death itself is expunged by death! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

The Babel version, edited by Christian Berg, does not reproduce a single one of the 35 photographs reproduced in the original book version: His novel The Folding Star is itself a homage to Bruges-la-Morte, although he doesn’t feel the need to declare so in his illuminating and sympathetic introduction. Haunted by memories of his deceased wife, Viane roams the streets of Bruges in silent conversation with its canals, chiming bells and austere convents, absorbed by his inexhaustible despair until he crosses paths with Jane, a young actress who bears a strong resemblance with his beloved.

Un’atmosfera suggestiva e suggestionabile, quella di Bruges.