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This idea of the city having an emotional and psychological state of its own is also something Rodenbach explores in the short essay included in the Mirte edition, “The Death Throes of Towns. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


As it turns out, Erich Korngold did such a thing inbut the Nazis banned it, and I’m not sure that he would have had the right musical attitude. I thought that was brilliant. I keep thinking about music so much because so much music resides in the words, even in the very able translation. Having lost his wife, Hugues Viane moves to the melancholy city of Bruges in Belgium where he lives a somber life morosely contemplating his loss some five years ago. Each is the other and enables us now to dedicate ourselves not to the stopping of life but to the dedication of our life to the devoted mourning of our dead love.

Il cielo, seppure azzurro, non riesce a rasserenare le vie strette, tortuose, rodrnbach chiese Devo ammetterlo: The point is underlined by the inclusion of a number of black-and-white photographs of the city, looking still and silent, and often including unidentified figures. Hugues qui n’est pas capable de se maitriser la tue.

Its elements — love, death, ritual, doubles, and all the aspects of the city of Bruges that the protagonist feels reflect the condition of his soul you can practically hear the ringing, ringing, ringing of the bells — are very well handled. Then his young wife had died, just as she reached her thirtieth year, confined for a few motre weeks to her bed, which quickly became her deathbed, an image that would remain with him for ever: Inventory From the beginning, as it is with any example of writing with images, there is a question of how the images are associated with the text.


He had gone too far. But it is beautifully written and the perfect length. Their destinies were joined together. She is not seated in the audience.

It has its shocks and its melodrama: I prefer to say that the correlation of images and actual places is intentionally only partial and unelaborated.

Eerie and poetic, this was a key text of the Belgian Symbolists, admired by Huysmans and Mallarme with obvious cause. He finds a thickly atrabilious style to fit his story, rich in imagery, full of strikingly depressive turns of phrase.

There is, moreover, still much that I have not covered. Inevitabile pensare all’ hitchicockiano Vertigo leggendo dei primi incontri con l’inaspettata sosia, dei pedinamenti nel 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 Cosa che ho potuto notare personalmente, essendo stata a Bruges in gennaio.

The next image is Notre-Dame, where Hugues has gone to see the tombs, and especially the effigies of Charles the Bold and Mary of Burgundy. An entombment into a dust of memories.

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This is a religion which is supported by the mementos of the beloved dead wife includin A time of melancholic desperation. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. But whereas Madeleine really was the same person, Jane Scott is a different individual altogether.

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Congratulations to Dedalus for reviving it. In my mind I thought I was paying tribute to her, and yet in reality I was doing her an injustice, reducing her to a single image, one that no one, not mmorte she, could have lived up to.

The figures in the photos raise interesting problems for reading. Email required Address never made public.

This is a world created for the stage as this book is an entire world created for us, by us. Notice there are three trees on the left in the first photograph; the second was apparently taken next to the nearest of those three.

A brief glimpse of Bruges

I thank my Goodreads friends who recommended the book so highly. Bellissima, tra l’altro, la descrizione del suono delle campane che annunciano una processione: Little is mentioned to us of the lost beloved wife other than the mementos and his recall of their happiness for ten years.

I have numbered the images. 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. This has been corrected. Like many symbolist works, it has a modern feel to it, despite all those stylistic roenbach we associate with the era – the most striking being those fainting-sensibility exclamation marks at the end of descriptive paragraphs.