Bruges-La-Morte by Georges Rodenbach is one of those minor pieces of world literature that can have a major effect on the reader. It is not a sublime work of art, . 3 / 1 / Georges Rodenbach, Bruges-la-Morte. James Elkins. This is the book most often taken as the starting point for novels illustrated with photographs. BRUGES-LA-MORTE t ‘Ronance. BY. GEORGES RODENBACH. Translated from the rench, with a Critical. Introduction, by. THOMAS DUNCAN. WITH THREE.

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Each day he caresses and kisses each item, and by night he takes to the meandering the streets of Bruges whose grey melancholy he fe Hugues Viane has retired to Bruges after the death of his wife of mortw years; five years later, he is still unable to put her memory to rest.


This was Bruges-la-Morte, the dead city, entombed in its stone quays, the arteries of its canals chilled to death at the cessation of the great heartbeat of the sea. 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.

Les hautes tours dans leurs frocs de pierre partout allongent leur ombre. Published October 1st by Dedalus dodenbach published Il suo influsso si trasmette a tutti quelli che vi soggiornano. This entry was posted in Georges RodenbachPicture novels and tagged Bruges-la-MortefictionGeorges Rodenbachphotographypicture novels.

E The photographs are of a city. Hugues qui n’est pas capable de se maitriser la tue. Worth searching out for those wanting a nice gloomy masterpiece of dark imagination that touches on the decadent and fantastic. Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist.


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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A note by Will Stone at the end of the book points out that this is still the case, and that you will have to go to Ghent to find a substantial memorial to Rodenbach. He had thought long and hard about killing himself. A more interesting possibility is that we are seeing the city as Hugues experiences it, drained of color and mostly of people.

Eerie and poetic, this was a key text of the Belgian Symbolists, admired by Huysmans and Mallarme with obvious cause. Lists with This Book. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This is what happened to Hugues, so while he thinks that Jane is a deadringer for his dead love, in actual fact it is only ever Jane he sees; his wife, in essence, becomes Jane, not the other way around.

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.

During the last days of her illness, this sheaf had been braided into a long plait and Hugues had cut it off from the recumbent corpse. Just make sure you have a brisk walk afterwards. It is often noted that the book proposes that Hugues experiences Bruges as his dead wife, so that the city itself is dead in the way a person can be.

Many images showing nearly or completely deserted streets and waterways, as in Breton, as in Rodenbach. Funny how, years later, I can still picture that one pose, how everything else has fallen away — all the bitterness, the arguments, the boredom — and left only that.


Hugues Viane has retired to Bruges after the death of his wife of ten years; rofenbach years later, he is still unable to put her memory to rest. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is a religion which is supported by the mementos of the beloved dead wife includin A time of melancholic desperation.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Comme biens des nouvelles de Dinesen, “Bruges-la-Morte” raconte l’histoire d’un individu qui s’accroche aux mauvaises fantaisies et rate sa gdorges. Dedalus Foreign Rights Sales. Incidentally, this edition was published by Atlas Press, committed translators and reissuers of so many otherwise lost surrealist, symbolist, and dada texts.

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 comfort: There is a climactic scene during a famous religious procession which Jane wishes to view from Hugues’s balcony.

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Despite the dark tone, the book apparently provoked a tourist rush to the Flanders city of the period: There is, moreover, still much that I have not covered.