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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters My real trip to Bruges took place when I got home after visiting the actual city when I gathered enough momentum to submit to Rodenbach’s pulsating testimony of the kind of beauty that can only be found in death like one can sense in certain

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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 I sometimes get the worrying feeling that nineteenth century men preferred their women to be dead than alive There is some

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    Review Bruges la Morte Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 “Upon the day following the funeral of the wife in whom was bound up all his possibilities of happiness he had retired to Bruges as a fastness of melancholy and there succumbed to its fascination”The old Gothic town and the bereft widowe

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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Hugues Viane has retired to Bruges after the death of his wife of ten years; five years later he is still unable to put he

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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Georges Rodenbach A time of melancholic desperation Everything appears reminiscent of the loss of our loved one It is not a projection of our loss but that we chose to live here a place which occupies our feelings moods The inner and outer has become dissoluble Each is the other and enables us now to dedicate ourselves not to the stopping of life but to the dedication of our life to the devoted mourning of our dead love This is a religion which is

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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 The morbid obsession of an inconsolable bereavement and the dual mapping of that loss onto city streets fog bound and empty and onto

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    Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Funny how years later I can still picture that one pose how everything else has fallen away – all the bitterness the arguments th

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    Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Georges Rodenbach Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters He needed a dead town to correspond to his dead wife His deep mourning demanded such a setting Life would only be bearable for him there It was instinct that had brought him here He would leave the world elsewhere to its bustle and buzz to its glittering balls its welter of voices He needed infinite silence and an existence that was so monotonous it almost failed to give him the sense of being alive p 30 He pos

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    Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Georges Rodenbach Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters Review Bruges la Morte Finishing off my Rodenbach readings with this marvelous novel FIRST TIER A profoundly sad and moving narrative of how all of a man's dreams are dashed one after the other A somber tribute to the melancholy charms of the city of Bruges as well as much as Bruges La Morte certainly as well as a rumination on ambition love and aesthetic appreciation A book for grey November afternoonsSECOND TIER A solid example of a satisfyi

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    Review Bruges la Morte Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Georges Rodenbach Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters BRUGES LA MORTE is a slim novel telling the story of a man who mourning his dead wife moves to the Belgian city of Bruges a city seemingly designed to mope in Mist and fog blanket the cobblestone causeways and chilly canals watched over by brooding stone cathedrals from whose towers peal endless mournful bellsYou may think I'm being satirical but actually this is a great atmospheric read Our narrator is shocked to pass

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Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Hugues Viane is a widower who has turned to the melancholy decaying city of Bruges as the ideal location in which to mourn his wife and as a backdrop for the narcissistic wanderings of his disturbed spirit He becomes obsessed with a young dancer. I sometimes get the worrying feeling that nineteenth century men preferred their women to be dead than alive There is something archetypal about the repeated vision of the pale beautiful fragile utterly feminine corpse Beyond corruption a woman who s died is a woman you can safely worship without any danger that she ll ruin the image by doing something vulgar like using the wrong form of address to a bishop or blowing your best friend It s a vision that crops up everywhere in the works of these fin de si cle writers who were unhealthily obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe and with the figure of drowned Ophelia for them Millais than Shakespeare Bruges la Morte 1892 is the apotheosis of this kind of preoccupation As my introductory para suggests I find the general mindset a little problematic but this is certainly a beautifully written distillation of the theme Hugues Viane our melancholy hero settles in Bruges after the death of his wife and prepares to live out the rest of his days nursing his memories of her he dedicates a room of his house to her portraits and preserves a lock of her hair in a glass cabinetWhen he s not staring at her pictures he s out taking moody walks along the canalsWhere one day he sees a woman in the street who looks identical in every detail to his dead wife Is it a ghost An appalling coincidence His mind playing tricks on himAnd might it be somehow possible to recreate his lost loveViane is the main character but drizzly grey Bruges is the real hero of the book The city is portrayed as the necessary complement to Viane s feelings of loneliness Une uation myst rieuse s tablissait l pouse morte devait correspondre une ville morteA mysterious euation established itself To the dead wife there must correspond a dead townThe point is underlined by the inclusion of a number of black and white photographs of the city looking still and silent and often including unidentified figures A modern reader can t help seeing the effect as SebaldianBut anyway however interesting this early use of photography may be the real star is Rodenbach s prose He finds a thickly atrabilious style to fit his story rich in imagery full of strikingly depressive turns of phrase The city s canals are cold arteries where the great pulse of the sea has stopped beating the famous Tour des Halles defends itself against the invading night with the gold shield of its sundial down below there are streetlamps whose wounds bleed into the darkness This must be what people mean when they talk about prose poetry There are some paragraphs here that seem to be made up entirely of alexandrines And then just look at a phrase like this Les hautes tours dans leurs frocs de pierre partout allongent leur ombre There is a progression of vowels here that slides forward through the mouth beautifully ending with the wonderful dirge like assonance of allongent and ombre and the consonants travel too from the silent h of haut back in the throat forward to the t of tours on to one lip with the f of frocs then both lips for the two chokengiischokengs and finally the lips are pushed right out for the last two nasal vowels Wowzer Translation something like Everywhere the high towers in their stony habits stretch forth their shadow Earlier this year I read Nerval s Les Filles du feu and I kept being reminded of it while I was reading Bruges la Morte There is exactly the same fascination with the doubling of a love interest one woman becomes two or each taking on different attributes one is blonde the other dark one is pure the other degraded one is a virgin the other is a whore and so on Some scenes some lines are almost identical Rodenbach must surely have been a Nerval fan He sums up the poetic essence of this tradition perfectly indeed so perfectly that I found the formalities of plot resolution at the end of the book to be irritatingly drab and melodramatic by contrast I guess that s the problem with turning poetry into a novelNevertheless Bruges la Morte is obviously a high point of Symbolist writing a book that s obsessed with death and always alert to new ways to externalise deep emotions There is a brooding openness to the supernatural and a looming architectural presence which also has clear links with the Gothic But importantly it s just beautifully written every sentence drops balanced and gorgeous into your headFor best results it should be read at dusk preferably when it s raining outside Just make sure you have a brisk walk afterwardsOct 2013

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Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Whom he believes is the double of his beloved wife leading him to psychological torment and humiliation culminating in a deranged murder This 1892 work is a poet's novel dense visionary and haunting Bruges the 'dead city' becomes a metaphor for. Hugues Viane has retired to Bruges after the death of his wife of ten years five years later he is still unable to put her memory to rest Indeed he has seuestered himself in his home erecting a shrine to his wife in this room are gathered her portraits and various objects and trinkets along with a tress of her hair which Viane has placed inside a glass box Each day he caresses and kisses each item and by night he takes to the meandering the streets of Bruges whose grey melancholy he feels in tune with a kind of spiritual telegraphy between his soul and the grief stricken towers of BrugesAs in many symbolist texts doubling is apparent here not only is Viane s mood that of the city and therefore emphasized but his grief is so obsessive that he chances upon a woman whom he believes to be the striking image of his dead wife This act of doubling is one in which Georges Rodenbach is extremely interested in that it proves how the dead die twice the first death being their physical death and the second being when our memories of them begin to fade causing those mental images to which we cling to no longer be sources of recollection and comfortBut the faces of the dead which are preserved in our memory for a while gradually deteriorate there fading like a pastel drawing that has not been kept under glass allowing the chalk to disperse Thus within us our dead die a second time Bruges la Morte is very much concerned with the vacillation between states of intense joy and utter anguish In his obsession over Jane the woman who resembles his dead wife Viane is embodying this idea of the dead dying twice While there are moments of some melodramatic intensity characteristic of symbolist work Rodenbach is also keen on exploring how the life of a small city reacts to a scandal and it is both the solitary city scenes that drive home the despair of the protagonist and the scenes of townspeople gossiping in the city that demonstrate how the city works in different ways for its inhabitantsAlthough he is under the spell of this double and even though he hopes that the likeness would allow him the infinite luxury of forgetting Viane can do no such thing and soon finds himself at an erotic and psychological crossroads at which the distressing masuerade he enacts to uell his grief is not enough to sustain the memory of the deadBruges is very much the main character in the novel He was already starting to resemble the town Once he was the brother in silence and in melancholy of this sorrowful Bruges his soror dolorosa The novel is accompanied by photographs of the city to underscore the central role it plays in Viane s state of mourning Rodenbach is adamant about how living spaces breathe and affect those living thereTowns above all have a personality a spirit of their own an almost externalised character which corresponds to joy new love renunciation widowhood Each town is a state of mind a mood which after only a short stay communicates itself spreads to us in an effluvium which impregnates us which we absorb with the very airThis idea of the city having an emotional and psychological state of its own is also something Rodenbach explores in the short essay included in the Dedalus edition The Death Throes of Towns Bruges la Morte is a symbolist masterpiece than that it is powerful novel about grief and mourning as well as a treatise on how one s city can reflect one s emotional state and vice versa

Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters

Georges Rodenbach ✓ 2 Characters Bruges la Morte Free read Ð 2 Hugues' dead wife as he follows its mournful labyrinth of streets and canals in a cyclical promenade of reflection and allusion the ultimate evocation of Rodenbach's lifelong love affair with the enduring mystery and mortuary atmosphere of Brug. Finishing off my Rodenbach readings with this marvelous novel FIRST TIER A profoundly sad and moving narrative of how all of a man s dreams are dashed one after the other A somber tribute to the melancholy charms of the city of Bruges as well as much as Bruges La Morte certainly as well as a rumination on ambition love and aesthetic appreciation A book for grey November afternoonsSECOND TIER A solid example of a satisfying Symbolist novel Rodenbach presents to us the rise and fall of a flawed man But perhaps Joris Borluut s fatal flaw is not so apparent as the usual crop and in truth he seems as much a victim of bad timing the trends of history and the melancholy spell of static morbidity that typifies Brugues as well as his love of that very uality Not a rousing knee slapper by any means but neither is it intellectually impenetrable and in truth I found it almost painfully heartfeltTHIRD TIER Joris Borluut wins the public competition to take on the role of Bruges new carillonneur that is to say performer of the bells in the town s ancient bell tower And this is in keeping with Borluut s character he loves the old Flemish town specifically its aesthetic ualities of grey history solemn melancholy and somber stasis He works to solidify this uality in his role of Town Architect restoring and preserving neither eliminating or refurbishing too much the ancient and aging balustrades colonnades brickwork friezes and general aging patina of Bruge s facades embalming the place as it were As well he gathers with a small group of like minded individuals who wish to restore the town to its ancient greatness although through different and eventually contradictory means And now he can celebrate the beauty of the city with music decorating the mummified remains with soundBut his life slowly begins to fall out of synch with his dreams An impulsive marriage based on physical attraction to Barbara van Hulle saddles him with a manic depressive wife fit to bursts of violence and suicidal depression whereas her contemplative calm sister Godelieve had harbored a life long love for Joris And an affair ends badly for all His opposition to the Town Council s plans to revivify Bruges status as a seaport disappeared as the harbor silted in over the decades which involves heavy construction and the loss of many famous buildings puts him at odds with the powerful costing him friendships and work And as he grasps at straws the refuge of the tower continues to callThis is a very sad book as melancholy and morose as Rodenbach s vision of Bruges It s status as a Symbolist novel does not give us an impenetrable series of images to decipher just some central ones the town of Bruges as museum of death the bell tower And these symbols have enough contradictory depth and complexity that the reader gains much in their contemplation The aesthetic idea of Bruges holds some weight the desire to preserve beauty and history in the face of endless crass economic progress and both the hopelessness of that noble cause and the danger as one is essentially embracing stasis and death The scene in which Borluut faces off against the town council s Monster Meeting only to find a small unenthusiastic crowd and plans already set in place that is to say the meeting is a formality of a fait accompli while he saw it as a chance to rally troops to his cause is heartbreaking and feels very of the moment even today And the idea is reflected on the personal level in old van Hulle s obsession with collecting clocks and his need for them all to keep exact time the idea that this plants in Boreluut s head the conception that dreams are anticipated reality achieved on the deathbed is similarly both melancholy and morbidLikewise Borluut s impetuous choice of Barbara and subseuent loss of the lovely and loving soul mate Godelieve has some nice symbolic resonance in the tower s Bell Of Lust which captives him with its carnal ualities And the slow delicate growth of his impossible love for the fairer sister is painful to read In fact the bell tower and the carillon are interesting and complicated central symbols themselves The placerole is a refuge a nuisance a seduction an aesthetic escape an energizing outlet an enervating task and finally a terminus for Borluut with shifting resonances in the worlds of creativity beauty philosophy and religion as the story moves on Borluut finds himself disorientated on returning to ground level at first after being high above the world and yet this situation reverses itself and then reverses again Rodenbach s treatment of religion is eually as interesting while not overly critical of Catholicism he weaves in a number of subtle observations of how the character s psychologies are influenced or not by Bruges strong Catholic history A late in the novel visit to the Procession of the Penitents in Veurne contrasting the high religious imagery with the earthy motivations of the visit is a strong seuence as well Joris Borluut s fatal flaw is hard to pin down it seems almost a lack of singular vision or dedication a desire to jump from one thing to another instead of applying himself to the basic things that matter Once again he realized too late that he had not seen clearly enough whereas Bartholmeus his friend and devoted artist succeeds and triumphs over the adversity of the town councilAll in all this was a very powerful novel and I m glad I read it It has that pervasive sense of melancholic gloom that Rodenbach also conjures in Bruges La Morte but with traditional less psychologically damaged characters Finishing it I find myself feeling as if I ve surfaced after a long swim under murky icy waters intense but refreshing It made me want to re watch the odd crime comedy IN BRUGES and consider visiting the city itself

  • Paperback
  • 100
  • Bruges la Morte
  • Georges Rodenbach
  • English
  • 16 July 2018
  • 9781903517239