The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (German and Austrian Literature) (Paperback)

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (German and Austrian Literature) By Rainer Maria Rilke, Burton Pike (Translator) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Burton Pike (Translator)
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First published in 1910, Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is one the first great modernist novels, the account of poet-aspirant Brigge in his exploration of poetic individuality and his reflections on the experience of time as death approaches.

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 within 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. This new translation by Burton Pike is a reaction to overly stylized previous translations, and aims to capture not only the beauty but also the strangeness, the spirit, of Rilke's German.

About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was one of the greatest lyric German-language poets. In 1902 he became a friend, and for a time the secretary, of Rodin, and it was during his 12-year Paris residence that Rilke enjoyed his greatest poetic activity. He spent the last years of his life living in seclusion in Switzerland. .Burton Pike (1930-2022) was a translator of German and French, known particularly for his work on Robert Musil, including the translation, with Sophie Wilkins, of The Man Without Qualities (1996). He was, as well, a scholar of literature, culture, and translation, author of Robert Musil: An Introduction to His Work (1961) and The Image of the City in Modern Literature (1981).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564784971
ISBN-10: 1564784975
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2008
Pages: 198
Language: English
Series: German and Austrian Literature