The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics)

By Rainer Maria Rilke

A masterly new translation of 1 of the 1st nice modernist novels

In the single novel through one of many German language's maximum poets, a tender guy named Malte Laurids Brigge lives in an inexpensive room in Paris whereas his assets rot in garage. all people he sees turns out to hold their dying with them, and with little yet a library card to differentiate him from the city's untouchables, he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic kin, of which he's the only residing descendant. Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke's semi-autobiographical novel is a relocating and robust coming-of-age story.

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