Abstract. Beginning with the contentious question as to whether Hermann Broch’s ‘Die Schlafwandler’ belongs to the genre of the ‘Zeitroman’. Hermann Broch, Die Schlafwandler: Revolution and Apocalypse. T”7j HE APOCALYPSE is still a book to con- jure with,” wrote D. H. Lawrence in his last. Hermann Broch’s trilogy, trilogy, Die Schlafwandler [The Sleepwalkers] has often been described as an apocalyptic text.1 This characterization is.

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Act I, innarrates in the literary style of the late 19th century, the tribulations of the military aristocrat Joachim von Pasenow who grapples with his dictatorial father, his manipulative friend Bertrand, and his superior older brother, conveniently dead in battle. Der Titel dieses Artikels ist mehrdeutig. It does so primarily by constituting itself as a Systems Novel avant la lettre, and one in which forces of industrial, military, and broadly institutional modernization unleash forces bfoch acceleration and entropy.

Still, it was much hermanj than say, Infinite Jest, which to me is the pinnacle of the aforementioned male intellectual literature-ego. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

View all 41 comments. Tre libri diversi che si riuniscono nell’ultimo. However, the breaking of the novel into three sections–each separated brkch fifteen years, and each primarily focusing on a different character with each representing a proto-ideological archetype, the sections being named “The Romantic,” “The Anarchist,” and “The Realist” –is probably its primary though hardly sole distinguishing feature.


This is a massive book that has had an impact on artists as disparate as Milan Kundera and Michelangelo Antonioni. The book is also mentioned in Michelangelo Antonioni ‘s film La Nottewhere the novelist Pontano Marcello Mastroianni finds a copy lying around in the mansion of a philistine magnate where a vapid party is being held, upon which he incredulously asks his wife Lidia Jeanne Moreau “Who here would be reading The Sleepwalkers?

After this, he moved to the United States.

Shell-shocked and mutilated soldiers interact with hospital doctors, nurses and townsfolk. Even so, what is good here is very very good indeed. And yet Hermann Broch — a writer as offbeat as Kafka and Carroll — somehow seems always to herann telling the truth, even at his most uncanny.


I continue to be amazed at how these novels transition from romantic nostalgia to deep philosophical modernism. May 18, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. There is an act of injustice, a remorseless betrayal by the Alsatian, that will have any red-blooded reader seething—but Broch offers no pat endings or comforting answers to his questions. Overwrought books 1 and 2 or lean book 3these are smart investigations of life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the German-speaking world.

Goodreads staff please add 3 instead of 1 to my ‘ books read’ because this is a trilogy. Pasenow oder die Romantik ist. Adrift among doubts and hesitation, he finds refuge in symbols from the past, such as the honour code of the nobility and the teaching of the Lutheran church.

Finally, the third novel, The Realistmanifests an even increasing fragmentation. All the talk comes to nothing; the most revolutionary things he does are to walk out on unsatisfactory jobs, start a “theater” that features a knife-throwing act, and seduce his affianced landlady.

Plus, the topic is Germany–the most savage, the most repulsive, the most fascinating of natio Writing this review already even schlaafwandler I am just a few pages in; but already I can tell this is going to be a fabulous read. He started as a full-time writer when he was For the triumphant system will embrace the whole of the world, it will overwhelm all other values and exterminate them as a cloud of locusts lays waste a field.

Nach 18 Monaten wird ihr erstes Kind geboren. Esch dreams of emigrating to the USA, a land of opportunities, but his partner absconds with the assets.

Return schpafwandler Book Page. It is definitely worth a read and I’ll be reading more of Broch, but first I think I’ll take a break from the dude stuff and read Eudora Welty instead. Oct 30, Nick rated it it was ok. The Sleepwalkers original title Die Hrrmann, is a s novel in three parts, by the Austrian novelist and essayist Hermann Broch. In the end, he marries Gertrud and returns to Luxembourg, where he goes back to accounting.

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Oct 22, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lettore del “come” dotato d’intelligenza estetica. View all 16 comments. Though not as famous as Franz Kafka and Robert Musil, his work is right up there with them in its caliber and depth. All this irrationality is, for Broch, the logical consequence of arbitrarily hermanj value-systems Huguenau did not think of what he had done, and still less did he recognize the irrationality that had pervaded his actions [ As a result, the style of the philosophical sections and that of the narrative itself veer sharply from hermabn another.


Un libro che mi ha fatto studiare e riflettere parecchio, con bei momenti lirici e sfuggenti rivisitazioni filosofiche che hanno messo a dura prova i miei rugginosi ingranaggi mentali.

Non sa nemmeno lui cosa cerca. The first part, set mostly in Berlin and an unnamed eastern province of Prussia, concerns an unsure young aristocrat and army officer, Joachim von Pasenow.

Initially a sensation, the public tires of the act and takings fall. Implicitly the novel is about European social relations in the lead-up to the grotesque and senseless conflagration of the First World War, the materialization of the horrors and calumny of which causes the novel itself, in its third section, to begin to fragment, organizationally splinter, and subject itself to its own self-reflexive analysis.

It is my contention that with schlafeandler first novel Broch had I find myself quite commandingly dumbstruck.

Die Schlafwandler (Romantrilogie)

I myself just stumbled upon this novel in a second-hand bookstore, and decided to purchase it because Hannah Arendt introduced the novel. Closing reflections from the author predict svhlafwandler the destruction of values in Germany has left the way open for an amoral and ruthless new Leader to emerge, who will prophesy a new future for the disoriented nation.

View all 7 comments. Plus, the topic is Germany–the most savage, the most repulsive, the most fascinating of nations.