Rilke: Laurids Brigge
Description (note: inhaltsangabe contains!)
Diary novel of Rainer Maria Rilke, begun 1904 in Rome under the impression first Paris stay of 1902/03, completes 1908-1910
in Paris, appeared 1910. - the work, itself as the first within the German literature
radically of the realistic novel 19. Jh.s differentiates
between, knows no continuous action more, still another storyteller in the
conventional sense. Its outside form forms the
fictitious diary of a "invented figure". Only gradually "existence draft"
and a "shade connection leave themselves of the forces" agitating to recognize
each other from the associative consequence of partly describing, to partly
reflecting or purely telling sections from the poet intended. The diary writer
is a 28 years old Dane from an aristocracy sex, who, becoming extinct with
him, after the early death of the nut/mother and the later father the homeland
and possessionless become, tries to live in Paris
All coining/shaping influences in
Rilkes life meet in this book: earliest Prager childhood memories, the experience of the journeys
to Russia as well as Lou Andreas Salomé, the stay in Scandinavia in the year
1904 like the preceeding reading of the writings
Bangs and Obstfelders, above all however the
"immense reality" of Paris, which painted the "background of this in each instant
existence" examined by the own fall Laurids Brigge forms.
NOTE: Rilke is famously difficult, but the paragraphs above reveal more
about the innate difficulties of translation (especially by machine) than
about the complexities of his work!