The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2008 - Fiction - 198 pages
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"Translator Burton Pike captures the edgy, haunting beauty of this little-known masterpiece."—O Magazine

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. This 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.
 

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User Review  - V.V.Harding - LibraryThing

A wonderfully leisurely record of the progress of an artistic soul is here: the mix of contemporary observations and ruminations on figures from the past is blended so seamlessly that although the ... Read full review

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The short introduction at the beginning of my copy was key in approaching this work. The first of two necessary elements was that Rilke didn’t intend to tell a story. What is presented is what one ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
97
Section 3
193
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About the author (2008)

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.

Burton Pike is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and German at CUNY. He co-translated Musil’s The Man without Qualities and Rilke’s novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His translations have appeared in numerous periodicals.

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