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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

Rainer Maria Rilke
Robert Vilain

May 2016

ISBN: 9780199646036

272 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

A landmark in the development of the twentieth-century novel, the Notebooks is the story of a young Danish aristocrat , told in a series of notes that explore Malte's life in Paris, childhood memories and reflections in highly crafted poetic prose. A radical departure from literary realism, it is an archetypal confrontation with the modern.

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A landmark in the development of the twentieth-century novel, the Notebooks is the story of a young Danish aristocrat , told in a series of notes that explore Malte's life in Paris, childhood memories and reflections in highly crafted poetic prose. A radical departure from literary realism, it is an archetypal confrontation with the modern.

  • A new translation of Rilke's only novel, a canonical work of modernist prose that reflects the poet's own sense of alienation and transcends conventional narrative to achieve an intense exploration of imagination, perception, and language.
  • The story of Malte takes on representative status in an archetypal confrontation with the modern that is both intense and intriguingly unfocused.
  • The edition includes an authoritative introduction that helps to guide the reader through the narrative, draws biographical parallels and offers suggestions for interpretation. The text includes an alternative version of the ending rarely found in translations of the work.
  • Succinct and informative notes identify references and elucidate allusions, drawing parallels with other works by Rilke where appropriate, including his poetry.

About the Author(s)

Rainer Maria Rilke

Robert Vilain, Professor of German and Head of the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol

Robert Vilain specializes in German, Austrian, French and comparative literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has published widely on authors such as Hofmannsthal, Rilke, and Thomas Mann. He is Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review and Series Editor for 'Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature' (Peter Lang). He reviews regularly for the TLS and academic journals.

Reviews

"This edition, as so many Oxford World's Classics editions do, has just the perfect cover image... [an] excellent introduction by Robert Vilain." - Lisa Hill, ANZLitLovers

"For its notes this edition will be invaluable." - Charlie Louth, Times Literary Supplement

"A brilliant new translation." - JC, the Lady

"masterly translation" - Translation and Literature

"Reading Notebooks had a strange, dreamlike effect on me; the lines between past and present, real and unreal seemed blurred and it's a book that in many ways is hard to get a handle on.g the effort worthwhile, and I'm keen now to read some of Rilke's poetry." - Shiney New Books

""Notebooks" was an absorbing read, with the often beautiful and evocative prose making the effort worthwhile, and I'm keen now to read some of Rilke's poetry." - Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings