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This act of doubling roenbach 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: This is also developed in the narrative, so it conflicts with the nominal realism of the photographs.

Despite the dark tone, the book apparently provoked a tourist rush to the Flanders city of the period: The first edition, pictured left and dating fromwas published by Babel. Want to Read saving…. His mind playing tricks on him? Inevitabile pensare all’ hitchicockiano Vertigo leggendo dei primi incontri con l’inaspettata sosia, dei pedinamenti morfe teatro, del tentativo di trasformarla nell’ altra vestendola degli abiti dell “originale” tra parentesi una doppia chiave di lettura di Vertigo vuole che in effetti Hitchcock tentasse di trasformare Kim Novak in Tippi Hedren In his obsession over Jane, the woman who resembles his dead wife, Viane is embodying this idea of the dead dying twice.

Les hautes tours dans leurs frocs de pierre partout allongent leur ombre. Several photos have potentially interesting, distracting figures in them. Jane pour sa part n’est pas meilleure. Dolore, rimpianto, disperazione, ossessione, solitudine, illusione, amore, delusione, rabbia, follia, con un sottofondo di religione che permea la sua vita: It tells the story of Hugues Viane, a widower overcome with grief, who takes refuge in Bruges where he lives among the relics of his former wife – her clothes, her letters, a length of her hair – rarely leaving his house.

I was in mourning; well, until I got over it, of course. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Towns above all have a personality, a spirit of their rofenbach, an almost externalised character which corresponds to joy, new love, renunciation, widowhood.

The portrait quality is especially clear in photographs with water, towers, or the main Bruges belfry. C The photographs are a portrait, or representation, of Hugues. A more interesting possibility is that we are seeing the city as Hugues experiences it, drained of color and mostly of people.

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Inthe composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold used the novel as the basis for his opera Die tote Stadt. Where, one day, he sees a woman in the street who looks identical, in every detail, to his dead wife. Come molti hanno notato, tante sono le somiglianze con la storia di “Vertigo” di Alfred Hitchcock, a testimonianza dell’influsso che Bruges la morta ha avuto nel ‘ sia in letteratura, sia nella musica, sia nel brues. Or rodenbzch book doesn’t really see her as innocent, casting her as a somewhat blandly archetypal manipulative harlot, but really who wouldn’t fair poorly under the projected image of a lover who is unable to see her at all behind the other he brugds lost?

Un’atmosfera suggestiva e suggestionabile, quella di Bruges. What the hell were they doing back then.

Yet, without wishing to compare the quality of the three books, all of which I love, I would say jorte this one gave me more of a sense of place than the others. In his best known work, Bruges-la-Mortehe explains that his aim is to evoke mkrte town as a living being, associated with the moods of the spirit, counselling, dissuading from and prompting action. His novel The Folding Star is itself a homage to Bruges-la-Morte, although he doesn’t feel the need to declare so rodrnbach his illuminating and sympathetic introduction.

Nevertheless, 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.

In the distance is a chimney and its reflection, and a church tower. Those suffering similar personal circumstances will find it remarkably consoling.

It is consistent with the pictures of the city throughout the book: In his mind, Hugues is disconsolate and utterly alone. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bruges-la-Morte. This, it soon becomes clear, is because his wife of ten years is dead.


Cosa che ho potuto notare personalmente, essendo stata a Bruges in gennaio.

Bruges-La-Morte by Georges Rodenbach

mlrte Le differenze si accentuano e lui desidera tornare a perpetuare la sua sofferenza. Il mondo, altrove, continuasse pure ad agitarsi, a fremere, ad accendere le sue feste, a intrecciare le sue mille voci.

Is it a ghost? Il libretto, infatti, rimandava debitamente a questo romanzo di Rodenbach.


Create a free website or blog at WordPress. And then one day he sees a woman in the street who appears to be the exact double of his dead wife.

The Madonnas of the Primitives have similar flowing locks, descending in calm ripples. He still felt her eyes on him, still sought after her voice, now fled to the far horizon. Topics Books Nicholas Lezard’s choice. As author Georges Rodenbach writes in the opening chapters: The morbid obsession of an inconsolable bereavement, and the dual mapping of that loss onto city streets, fog-bound and empty, and moret a new living object, mortf of the simulacrum she’s been forced to become.

The next photo, no. But 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. Indeed, he literally worships her memory and treats her things like relics.

There are several meanings entangled here, which it may be useful to provisionally separate: 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: The plot of the book may also have influenced the French crime novel D’entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac, which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as Vertigo in It also comes three pages after the mention of the location, after Hugues has already gone into the theater.

He had thought long and hard about killing himself.