The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics) [Rainer Maria Rilke, Michael Hulse] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘An indescribable, aching, futile longing for myself’The young Danish aristocrat Malte Laurids Brigge has been left rootless by the early death of his parents. About The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. This is the definitive, widely acclaimed translation of the major prose work of one of our century’s greatest poets.

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Or it may be that in the pot-bellied chest of drawers at the back of his bedroom there’s a drawer in male their spring dresses had been put away; white dresses worn for the first time at Easter, dresses of dotted tulle which were really for summer, but they couldn’t wait.

I immediately calmed down and even when I was already quite peaceful I let her continue comforting me; true, I did find this kindness too feminine but I enjoyed it nevertheless and thought I had somehow deserved it. Rilke’s poems are great. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

I hate seeing RM’s work get bashed, all because some people can’t endure beautiful literature. It wasn’t expensive there. For I well understood that that was what this was. Loneliest and most remote of men, how they have caught up with you by your fame.

A wooden bench notehooks along the wall facing and on this bench sat those who knew me and were waiting for me. People were sitting quietly and paying no attention to me.

Only a while and it’ll become as rare as a life of one’s own. Sleek-haired waiters were scrubbing in front of the door. View all 21 comments. That being the case, then, I didn’t find it so terrible. I went into one of the siderooms. I couldn’t help it. I found that the longer I looked at her the more I could detect in her face all my mother’s fine, soft traits, which since her death I had never been able to remember clearly; only now, seeing Mathilde Brahe daily, could I again know what laurida who was now gone from me had looked like; in fact I possibly knew it for the first time.

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A passer-by gave him a nudge and pointed down the street. What do they recognise in me? At that same moment I instinctively turned my gaze towards a certain door, and sure enough: And such sensitive people seem to find far more pleasure in things beautiful which admittedly, in Myshkin’s case, happened to be a hot women – they must feel somehow redeemed from the bad of laurrids world in that aesthetic experience – Dostovesky himself talked about a kind of ecstasy he felt when having epileptic attacks which made those attacks worthwhile.

I forgot to say that he carried a walking cane. Perhaps one needs to be old to be able to have contact with all that. I knew full well that it had nothing to do with the pencil: It makes them happy to know that their saliva is getting out into the world a little, that the little birds can fly around with the aftertaste when they’re just as likely to forget it.

Dense, peculiar, at times impenetrable, at times utterly bursting with stunning imagery, this is an immensely difficult book to pin down. Do you remember Baudelaire’s hhe poem ‘ Une Charogne ‘? I’m a beginner in my own relationships. How people die, how we die ourselves and that most people don’t even care anymore to pick a death suitable to them or e I won’t say that I fully understood everything, which I haven’t Though it’s possibly impossible.

The themes running through it, especially that of childhood, are well written and full-bodied.

Right now I’m sitting in my room; I can try calmly to reflect on what has happened to off. What if we were to go and become beginners, now that so much is changing? I know it takes courage.

But there was no sign of the crayon. My bowels boiled, and rested not: I had to go along past various huts and through several yards where here and there beneath the bare trees people with white caps were standing looking like convicts.

But I already know it’s meant to be read more than once, and at various stages of life. It is hardly the case, lots of books I read do nothing for me. Somewhere glass from a broken window clatters to notdbooks ground. This hard knot of firmly tightened meanings.


Rilke and the question of self-identity

In five, let’s say ten, minutes from now it would be my turn, so it wasn’t so bad. And the people did the very same.

It is the suggestion of something once whole, once fully functioning that grabs his attention. Bandages that had been opened and in which now lay as if in a filthy bed a hand that was no longer a hand; and protruding from the row a leg that had been bound up as big as a whole man.

He raised his wine glass towards my father. We come along, we find a life, ready-made, off the peg, and all we have to do is put it on. Was I an imitator and fool to need a third person in order to tell of the fate of two people who were making eachother’s life difficult?

I hope you like it as much when you reread it. And now I was expected to tell them what exactly was the matter with me. They don’t know how it all came to be. And not only the sounds, I enjoy the anticipation, the holding-my-breath quality of knowing that the English words sit right there, across the gutter of the page. Now it was growing out of me like a tumour, like a second head, and was a part of me although it couldn’t belong to me since it was so big.

Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke’s semi-autobiographical novel is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story.

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What else should this rain-soaked doll expect, stuck in the ground and leaning slightly like makte ship’s figurehead in the little garden at home. But then, to the left of the large silver swan filled with daffodils the large mask of the old man with its grey smile thrust forward.

Vendors of second-hand goods, or small-time antiquarian booksellers, or dealers in engravings, all of them with overcrowded windows.