Abstract. Beginning with the contentious question as to whether Hermann Broch’s ‘Die Schlafwandler’ belongs to the genre of the ‘Zeitroman’. Hermann Broch, Die Schlafwandler: Revolution and Apocalypse. T”7j HE APOCALYPSE is still a book to con- jure with,” wrote D. H. Lawrence in his last. Hermann Broch’s trilogy, trilogy, Die Schlafwandler [The Sleepwalkers] has often been described as an apocalyptic text.1 This characterization is.

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This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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It is my contention that with his first novel Broch had I find myself quite commandingly dumbstruck. It probes and prods, and moves at a leisured pace.

I was disappointed not because of my high expectations but because the book was alienating to me in a way that the writing of Musil, Bernhard, Zweig, or either one of the Mann brothers is not. Rationalism is in turn coupled if uneasily to the irrational.

Un libro che mi ha fatto studiare e riflettere parecchio, con bei momenti lirici e sfuggenti rivisitazioni filosofiche che hanno messo a dura prova i miei rugginosi ingranaggi mentali. Amid a blurring of all forms, in a twilight of apathetic uncertainty brooding over a ghostly world, man like a lost child gropes his way by the help of a small frail thread of logic through a dream landscape that he calls reality and that is nothing but a nightmare to him.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. A deserter, Wilhelm Huguenau, cheats Esch out of control of his newspaper and attempts to insinuate himself into the favour of the Major. In Broch was born in Vienna to a prosperous Jewish family scglafwandler worked for some time in his family’s factory in Teesdorf, though he maintained his literary interests privately.


Die Schlafwandler (Romantrilogie)

Feb 10, Richard rated it really liked it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He also makes an interesting point in telling you what the characters are NOT thinking some times, and manages to get in his personal opinions about the decadence in society without them seeming something external from the book. He attended a technical college for textile manufacture and a spinning and weaving college. The man who from afar off yearns for his wife or merely for the home of his childhood has begun his sleepwalking.

Een beetje zoals Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. To the corner for the weeping and thumb-sucking! He eschews authority and is amoral, but puts praise in God and also believes in rescuing women from exploitation. I read this after the Death of Virgil, and was a bit disappointed. Characters in The Sleepwalkers witness each other through a fog of their own preoccupations, a psychological filter through which things become meaningful only as they distort.

The Sleepwalkers

And this age seems to have a capacity for surpassing even the acme of illogicality, of anti-logicality; it is as if the monstrous reality of the war had blotted out the reality of the world. Oct 30, Nick rated it it was ok.

Invece del misticismo religioso anelante al messia che conclude e circonfonde di baluginante speranza divina il futuro, preferisco chiudere con una citazione dal secondo libro: It is my contention that hermaann his first novel Broch had already decisively surpassed them. Views Read Edit View history.


At the same time two ongoing peripheral digressions are fragmentedly interwoven, each with a title: To me, it ranks with Absalom, Absalom!

Retrieved 10 June But the romantic, clinging to the framework of an alien and dogmatic system, is — it seems incredible — completely rational and unchildlike.

Dat maakt het boek tot taaie kost, waarop je zeker drie keer moet kauwen voordat je het kunt doorslikken. View all 11 comments.


In creating the plot of the book, Broch was inspired by his associates and friends for several characters and events, for example his mistress and confidante the Viennese journalist Ea von Allesch, who gave him the idea of the vaudeville artiste Ilona. Although none of the characters play a major role in all three sections, a number play major roles in two, and in all instances they reappear in order to establish pronounced counterpoints born of personal transformations in part meant to be understood explicitly as social phenomena.

Per una volta potresti startene a casa.

With its interchanging of styles, symbols and allegory or all the poetry and philosophical essays he tried to cram into this trilogy, this is an achievement hermaann itself.