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It also comes three pages after the mention of the location, after Hugues has already gone into the theater.

He obsesses about her, pursues her, and eventually bguges a relationship with her. The untranslatable title compresses that into a formula. To the dead wife there must correspond a dead town.

Hugues qui n’est pas capable de se maitriser la tue. Comme biens des nouvelles de Dinesen, “Bruges-la-Morte” raconte l’histoire d’un individu qui s’accroche aux mauvaises fantaisies et rate sa vie.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In this case it is possible that Rodenbach chose the photo partly for its grouping of figures, and it is not unlikely that we are to imagine this as the sort of thing Hugues sees as he wanders around the city.

I have mentioned some of this stuff already, but it is worth exploring in more detail. Bruges-la-Morte is a Symbolist novel, perhaps the Symbolist novel, according to critic James Gardner.

He finds a thickly atrabilious style to fit his story, rich in imagery, full of strikingly depressive turns of phrase. I thank my Goodreads friends who recommended the book so highly. Although he is under “the spell” of this double, and even though he hopes that the likeness “would allow him the infinite luxury of forgetting,” Viane can do no such thing, and soon finds himself at an erotic and psychological crossroads at which the “distressing masquerade” he enacts to quell his grief is not enough to sustain the memory of the dead.


This is one of the greatest novels ever written about grief, loneliness and isolation; and such subjects are, alas, always relevant these days. It is fitting that Alan Hollinghurst introduces this novel, for he has used elements from it in his own fiction.

Bruges-la-morte by Georges Rodenbach

Otherwise, Viane and Colin Farrell have little bryges common. Certainly there is, whatever you want to call it, something unhealthy and peculiar about his behaviour even at this early stage of the narrative. Aug 03, Stephen P rated it really liked it Recommended to Stephen by: He spent the last ten years of his life in Paris as the correspondent of the Journal de Bruxelles, and was an intimate of Ed Georges Rodenbach was born in Tournai to a French mother and a German father from the Rhineland Andernach.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bruges-la-Morte. I was also impressed by brugew he worked his themes into the narrative, in a way that is touching and engaging without being too heavy-handed.

Il libretto, infatti, rimandava debitamente a questo romanzo di Rodenbach. Like many symbolist works, it has a modern feel to it, despite all those stylistic mannerisms we associate with the era – the most striking being those fainting-sensibility exclamation marks at the end of descriptive paragraphs. The rodembach edition, pictured left and dating fromwas published by Babel.


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This edition was published inon the centenary of Rodenbach’s death. The woman we see impossibly resembles our loved one; in appearance, gait, gesture.

How silly of me. Rodenbzch, he will not throw or give away her clothes or things, or change the arrangement of the home they shared, for this, he thinks, will, in a way, mean losing her again, or another part of her.


His novel The Folding Star is itself a homage to Bruges-la-Morte, although he doesn’t feel the need to declare so in his illuminating and sympathetic introduction. There is a brooding openness to the supernatural, and bfuges looming architectural presence, which also has clear links with the Gothic.

Belgian novels Bruges in fiction novels Novels set in Belgium Symbolist novels Novels about cities Works set in theatres and opera houses. You are commenting using your WordPress. The town, so glorious of old and rodennach so lovely in its decay, became to him the incarnation of his regrets.

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