The death of virgil german der tod des vergil is a 1945 novel by the austrian author hermann brochthe narrative reenacts the last hours of life of the roman poet virgil in the port of brundisium whence he had accompanied the emperor augustus his decision frustrated by the emperor to burn his aeneid and his final reconciliation with his destiny. Hermann broch was fifty one years old in 1937 when he began to write the death of virgil in doing this he was adhering to certain principles that he had outlined in an essay joyce and the present age written in the previous year. The complete reviews review the death of virgil is a grand complex accomplishment a symphonic novel its language closer to poetry than prose it recounts virgils dying day the span covered of the novel is a very short one but broch brings in much of virgils past as well his work as the poet reflects on and remembers the past in coming to terms with the inevitable end just ahead of . A new virgil myth the death of virgil by hermann broch translated by jean starr untermeyer new york pantheon books 1945 494 pp 550 broch the author of the sleepwalkers is one of the few modern writers from whom a great thing is to be expectednow here is this endless and arduous monologue of the dying virgil the work of many years and long awaited by serious readers. The death of virgil the death of virgil novel by hermann broch published simultaneously in german as der tod des vergil and in english in 1945 the novel the best known of the authors works imaginatively re creates the last 18 hours of the roman poet virgils life as he is taken to brundisium now brindisi
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