The Sleepwalkers: A Trilogy

The Sleepwalkers A Trilogy With his epic trilogy The Sleepwalkers Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature a visionary writer philosopher the equal of James Joyce Thomas Mann or

  • Title: The Sleepwalkers: A Trilogy
  • Author: Hermann Broch Willa Muir Edwin Muir Hannah Arendt
  • ISBN: 9780448001753
  • Page: 189
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  • With his epic trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer philosopher the equal of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or Robert Musil Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic changes that would shortly sweep that life into theWith his epic trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer philosopher the equal of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or Robert Musil Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic changes that would shortly sweep that life into the abyss Whether he is writing about a neurotic army officer The Romantic , a disgruntled bookkeeper and would be assassin The Anarchist , or an opportunistic war deserter The Realist , Broch immerses himself in the twists of his characters psyches, and at the same time soars above them, to produce a prophetic portrait of a world tormented by its loss of faith, morals, and reason.

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    1. Hermann Broch is another of those early twentieth century Austro-Hungarian writers whose works I have discovered and devoured over the past decade. Though not as famous as Franz Kafka and Robert Musil, his work is right up there with them in its caliber and depth. His magnum opus was the stunning hallucinatory prose poem The Death of Virgil, but The Sleepwalkers—more in the vein of Musil's A Man Without Qualities—is another extraordinary work of art.German language novels from the dawn of th [...]

    2. I find the compartments that this trilogy is supposed to be fit into–The Romantic, The Anarchist, and The Realist–less worthy of mention than the inner insanity that Broch capably delineates through his three protagonists–Pasenow, Esch, and Huguenau. For me, the human commentary will always take precedence over the historical or social. It is the juxtaposition of that inner insanity with the yielded outer perspective, the surface that rest of the world is given to perceive, that makes one [...]

    3. There are some books that are not much read but nonetheless they serve as a kind of Bethlehem star for the whole literary movements and The Sleepwalkers is one of those.“Driven by that extraordinary oppression which falls on every human being when, childhood over, he begins to divine that he is fated to go on in isolation and unaided towards his own death; driven by this extraordinary oppression, which may with justice be called a fear of God, man looks round him for a companion hand in hand w [...]

    4. I - ფონ პაზენოვი - რომანტიკა II - ეში - ანარქია III - ჰუგუენაუ - საქმოსნობა სარჩევის გადახედვისთანავე გამიჩნდა აზრი, რომ საქმე თავისებურად ნიცშეანურ წიგნთან გვქონდა და ეს ხედვა ბოლოს უფრო განმიმტკ [...]

    5. With brilliant characters and scenes that seem to fly right from the pages, The Sleepwalkers is a very original and interesting book.

    6. Hermann Broch was evidently a writer for the literary philosophers or philosophical literati of Central Europe. Hannah Arendt wrote an introduction for the translation I read, and Milan Kundera wrote an essay about him. "The Sleepwalkers" takes on the fragmentation of German culture between 1888 and 1918, with an middle act in 1903. The period is suspiciously close to the period of modern German monarchy, engineered by Bismarck in 1881 and dismantled by revolution in 1918 (Broch wrote the book b [...]

    7. I sonnambuli, una vera e propria pietra miliare nell’ambito della letteratura europea di inizio secolo. Poco conosciuto al grande pubblico italiano, è un romanzo citato, ammirato, amato da diversi scrittori contemporanei, ma spazzato via dalla Storia, e che ora viene riproposto da Mimesis con una prefazione di Milan Kundera e una postfazione di Carlos Fuentes( e dico poco). Trilogia ambiziosissima, definita dall’autore stesso “romanzo gnoseologico”, cioè “letteratura che si propone c [...]

    8. Closer to 3.5 stars. I can't claim to have read every word of this lengthy three-part novel, but certainly I read almost all of it. In the third and longest section, Broch interweaves a series of chapters which are at heart theoretical philosophical discussions--the kind of thing that some readers love and which leaves me absolutely unable to keep my eyes on the page. Otherwise, book 3 is far and away the most direct and interesting part of the novel, a careful symphony of characters and lives r [...]

    9. ,,Сомнамбулите‘‘ на Херман Брох ил преждевременното ми екстрадиране към безкрайносттаКазват, че каквото сам си направиш, никой друг не може да ти го направи. И (за пръв път от много време) при последващ случай ще гласувам доверие на хората, макар и да не ми се случва често. П [...]

    10. This is the epitome of the "philosophical" novel. In the novel Broch explains the decline of values beginning with Joachim von Pasenow's hesitation between a lower-class mistress and a noble fiance in the first part. The story ends in Joachim's wedding night when both he and Elisabeth are afraid of a possible physical act of love and they finally find deliverance in his falling asleep.Pasenow is sure of his virtues and their meaning. Esch too knows about such virtues as justice or fidelity but i [...]

    11. ‘Amid a blurring of all forms, in a twilight of apathetic uncertainty brooding over a ghostly world, man like a lost child gropes his way by the help of a small frail thread of logic through a dream landscape that he calls reality and that is nothing but a nightmare to him.’ (p. 373)I read Joyce’s Ulysses a few years ago. I was glad that I finished the damn thing, but was quite unimpressed. Was the towering novel of the modernist movement just about utter crap? I’ve read analyses of the [...]

    12. Writing this review already even though I am just a few pages in; but already I can tell this is going to be a fabulous read. The topics treated so far; and the refined, highly-polished proseis looks like an extremely savory dish. The author has a voice very much like some of my favorite European writers: Thomas Mann and perhaps Stendhal. It's a novel of manners and psychology, a cultural history. Plus, the topic is Germany--the most savage, the most repulsive, the most fascinating of nations. I [...]

    13. This is an extraordinary trilogy of novels written between 1928 and 1932 set in 1888 (“The Romantic”, 1903 (“The Anarchist”) and 1918 (“The Realist”). The trilogy is a profound and disquieting reflection on the dis-integration of values that ushers in the peculiarly logical but ultimately irrational and ferocious twentieth century value-systems. As the trilogy progresses it becomes increasingly complex and the third novel, with its trans-genre pastiche of fiction and philosophical es [...]

    14. Life events had kept me from writing, but, as usual, it wasn't because I'd stopped reading. I'll start catching up with my reviews with one of the amazing books recommend by my favorite-amazing-writer, Milan Kundera.The Sleepwalkers, by a guy called Hermann Broch (Austrian, I think), is not, really, a novel, but three: The Romantic, The Anarchist and the Realist. Written around the 1940s, the novels go through the end of the 1800s until 1918 (so WWI).Understand that I am not a big fan of war boo [...]

    15. One of the great pleasures and illusions of reading is being given words for what we already know. We reach the end of a paragraph so original it’s familiar, as if the writer were transcribing our own mind. “I’ve always known this,” we lie. In surrealism this effect is more rare. Waking as a cockroach isn’t familiar; nor is following a rabbit. And yet Hermann Broch – a writer as offbeat as Kafka and Carroll – somehow seems always to be telling the truth, even at his most uncanny. [...]

    16. This book is interesting because modernity is interesting, which is what this book demonstrates. We start with a German military man, bound by traditiin and with little confusion about what he is meant to do until globalizing elements intrude on his taken for granted reality. Then we have a pseudo anarchist, who desperately wants something to believe in but who secretly fears that all of it is a hoax and that only sensual pleasure and pain are reality. Last, we have a man who sees reality for wh [...]

    17. The first two parts are pretty cool because theyre about these neurotic guys trying to get laid, but I dont even know what the third part is about. staff please add 3 instead of 1 to my '2013 books read' because this is a trilogy

    18. i can't understand why a great writer like Broch doesn't get the same recognition his contemporaries Mann or Hesse or even Musil got . a great book .

    19. I've heard the third part is amazing, but I barely made it through the first part and the second partwellat's where I just had to stop.

    20. If you try to bring down the exploitative capitalist economic system, you'll probably end up doing more harm than good.

    21. “Love is an absolute thing, Elisabeth, and when the absolute tries to express itself in earthly terms, then it always turns into pathos, simply because it can’t be demonstrated. And as the whole thing then becomes so horribly earthly, the pathos is always very funny, represented by the gentleman who goes down on his knees to get you to accede to all his wishes; and if one loves you one must avoid that. “ Was his intention in saying this to intimate that he loved her? As he became silent sh [...]

    22. Náměsíčníci (v německém originále Die Schlafwandler) je románová trilogie rakouského spisovatele Hermanna Brocha (1889-1951) sepsaná v letech 1930-1932. Autor začal s literární tvorbou až ve zralém věku a Náměsíčníci bylo jeho první románové dílo. Předcházely mu kratší texty, které spisovatel vydal ještě před zahájením práce na románu, a následovala je další díla, zejména eseje ze 30. let, jež se týkaly umění, estetiky, ornamentu a kýče. Broch N [...]

    23. Again, I will hopefully get to writing a revuew sooner rather than later. Things have been piling up, and this has really relsulted from whilst also exacerbating a creative blockage resulting in a completely nullified output.*sigh* I guess I could say it has something to do with the ubiquitous disintegration of value, without providing any supplementary explication of this statement. It will have to do for now. It remains

    24. Broch es fantástico y este libro es realmente increíble, posiblemente mi favorito tras La muerte de Virgilio que es un 5 estrellasMe gusta que además, requiera un poco de concentración al lector, un mínimo esfuerzo que implica que el escritor valora la inteligencia de sus lectores y su capacidad para montar la historia con las piezas que le va dejando

    25. Three books in one collection-"The Romantic"(1888), "The Anarchist" (1903), and "The Realist" (1918). Literature at it's Germanist. Not an easy read, what I expected in the stern yet anxiety ridden prose. I was compelled forward from each and every page. Coming from a second generation German American family it struck home.

    26. No hay peor gimnasia intelectual que saber que un libro que te incordia un poco es un buen libro. Las tres novelas recogidas en este volumen son del mismo corte: antihéroe, peripecia elemental y un torrente psicológico negativo del personaje principal (ocasionalmente de los secundarios) que se plasma más en sus reacciones ante los detalles que en sus obras o pensamientos generales. Técnicamente en el tránsito entre el relato decimonónico y los nuevos moldes de narración, los relatos ya ab [...]

    27. This a very long trilogy set in Germany in the periods 1890s, pre-WW1 1903 and WW1 end. It was written around the early 1930s. Each story has a different style; the first two looked like standard linear prose and the third (twice as long as the other two) was mixed episodic, parallel stories. The writing is highly regarded and akin with Mann’s Magic Mountain or similar. The first book is about upper class Joachim von Pasenow who fancies a vibrant and characterful Czech prostitute Ruzena. But h [...]

    28. Yet again I encounter another self-assured "classic" that, for some reason or other when I was younger and perhaps stupider, I held in such high regard that I plopped it on my Favorites shelf (this is a real, wooden, if sodden, shelf, not an ethereal rectangle that an ethereal arrow cupids for me) and then left well enough alone.Well, rereads can be painful, I confess. It isn't just that the book, like this one, held in high favor by luminaries such as Milan Kundera, is kind of terrible, it's pa [...]

    29. Perhaps the most articulate scream of despair about the first World War ever written, Broch's Sleepwalkers is a powerful, sometimes difficult book. Three related novels that culminate in a harrowing story set in 1919 not far behind the German trenches, The Sleepwalkers is less concerned with the details of the war and more with its effect on the collective psyche of Europe. Generally a study in the decay of values, from the relative "purity" of late 19th Century romanticism, albeit parodied, roo [...]

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