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  • Published: 13 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141182216
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99

The Notebooks Of Malte Laurids Briggs


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Michael Hulse's new translation perfectly conveys the unsettling beauty of the original and is accompanied by an introduction on Rilke's life and the biographical and literary influences on the Notebooks. This edition also includes suggested further reading, a chronology and notes.

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. The only novel by one of the greatest writers of poetry in German, the semi-autobiographical Notebooks is an uneasy, compelling and poetic book that anticipated Sartre and is full of passages of lyrical brilliance.
Michael Hulse's new translation perfectly conveys the unsettling beauty of the original and is accompanied by an introduction on Rilke's life and the biographical and literary influences on the Notebooks. This edition also includes suggested further reading, a chronology and notes.

  • Pub date: 13 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141182216
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1975-1926), one of Germany’s greatest lyrical poets, was born in Prague. He studied literature and the history of art in Munich and Berlin, and lived for some time in Paris where he was a secretary to the sculptor Rodin. He died in Switzerland.

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