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This is what Rodenbach says, so it should be listed first. The town appears in its meager population to bruyes a summonings of those waiting for time to pass without disruption to end in a, good death. 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.

View all 4 comments. The photographs seem most like documents of Bruges when we think of them as stock photographs chosen by Rodenbach, or when we notice—as Edwards does—that they were made with plate cameras with shifted bellows to ensure the verticals remain upright.

Hugues Viane is a disconsolate widower who has found a matchless companion in the lonely melancholy of Bruges, a city whose glorious days of trade have waned into a suffocating atmosphere of religious conservatism. The Babel version, edited by Christian Berg, does not reproduce a single one rodenbachh the 35 photographs reproduced in the original book version: Cosa che ho potuto notare personalmente, essendo stata a Bruges in gennaio. This has been corrected.

The Madonnas of the Primitives l similar flowing locks, descending in calm ripples. Some people, however, never manage to do that, they cannot move beyond tragic or upsetting events.

Bruges-la-morte by Georges Rodenbach

I am glad that I could read this novel in the original French. The morbid obsession of an inconsolable bereavement, and the dual mapping of that loss onto city streets, fog-bound and empty, and brugess a new living object, innocent of the simulacrum she’s been forced to become.

A solitary life in a large house, each day repetitively scheduled including walks through the brooding empty streets of Bruges where the only occasional passers by are elderly women, bent and hooded apparitions of the march of death.


But the city fathers of Bruges, indignant that a Rodenbach identified the city with death and morbid religiosity, never mind how appreciatively and ecstatically; and b brugds he wrote in French rather than Flemish although it would have been most difficult and counter-productive to do so at the timerefused.

This is a religion which is supported by the mementos of the beloved dead wife including a tress of her golden hair, where homage is paid daily.

Bruges is very much the main character in the novel: There are several meanings entangled here, which it may be useful to provisionally separate: It certainly is symbolist, though, in the sense that Georges Rodenbach’s reputation is as a symbolist writer.

Among these documents one finds, for instance, the pieces pictured below: Notice there are three trees on the left in the first photograph; the second was apparently taken next to the nearest of those three. Each town is a state of mind, a mood which, after only a short stay, communicates itself, spreads to us in an effluvium which impregnates us, which we absorb with the very air. Incidentally, this edition was published by Atlas Press, committed translators and reissuers of so many otherwise lost surrealist, symbolist, and dada texts.

I was very much taken with that.

What happens to a fetishist when he finally gets what he wants, but it’s not exactly what he wants because what he really wants is for his fixation to never change, and thus be inert and dead? The figures in the photos raise interesting problems for reading.

A brief glimpse of Bruges

It’s a vision that crops up everywhere in the works o I sometimes get the worrying feeling that nineteenth-century men preferred their women to be dead than alive. The first person appears, I think, in photo no. There are 35 photographs in the first edition, but I hope I have said enough to suggest that they repay a kind of combination of reading and looking that the book so far has not received. Bruges became again to him an intangible personality, rodsnbach, counselling, and determining all his actions.


This is the first such image, I think, in the literature. Belgian novels Bruges in fiction novels Novels set in Belgium Symbolist rbuges Novels about cities Works set in theatres and opera houses.

Il freddo, la tristezza, l’apatia, il sogno, il desiderio, la fede sono trasmessi con poche, semplici parole, che dicono tutto e trasmettono molto altro. But there is so much to admire in this brief novel. 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.

Someone has also numbered them, in pencil, in the copy on the Internet Archive. Le differenze si accentuano e lui desidera tornare rosenbach perpetuare la sua sofferenza.

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The ontology of the images It is often noted that the book proposes that Mkrte experiences Bruges as his dead wife, so that rodenbadh city itself is dead in the way a person can be. The first edition, pictured left and dating fromwas published by Babel.

Indeed, he has sequestered himself in his home, erecting a shrine to his wife; in this room are gathered her portraits and various objects and trinkets, along with a tress of her hair which Viane has placed inside a glass box.

Rodenbahc had experienced a great disillusionment since the day he had that strange whim of putting Jane in one of his wife’s old-fashioned dresses. Perhaps he liked the way the second photograph revisits the first, in a more intensive fashion.

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