At the April 2017 meeting the German Book Club will read and discuss The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Written while Rilke lived in Paris, and published in 1910, this was his only novel.
While his old furniture rots in storage, Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris, with little but a library reader's card to distinguish him from the city's untouchables.
Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which only he remains.
He uses the motifs of the metropolitan moloch Paris to conjure images of mankind's anxiety and alienation in the face of an increasingly scientific, industrial, reified world.
The semi-autobiographical Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
is Rilke’s major prose work and was one of the earliest publications to introduce him to American readers. Notebooks
is an uneasy, compelling and poetic book, full of passages of lyrical brilliance that anticipated Sartre and is considered one of the first novels of modernist literature.
Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Insel Verlag; 1 edition (16 July 2012)