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Read & Download Bruges-la-Morte ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì There are three loves in the life of Joris Borluut the town carillonneur of Bruges He marries the fiery Barbe whose dark beauty is a reminder of Belgium's Spanish heritage Repelled by her harshness and violence he starts an affair with her sister the gentle soulful fOpposition to a proposal to sacrifice part of the old town to economic advance loses him his position as town architect and he withdraws to the belfry and his beloved carillon that for him expresses the soul of Brug. He needed a dead town to correspond to his dead wife His deep mourning demanded such a setting Life would only be bearable for him there It was instinct that had brought him here He would leave the world elsewhere to its bustle and buzz to its glittering balls its welter of voices He needed infinite silence and an existence that was so monotonous it almost failed to give him the sense of being alive p 30 He possessed what one might call a 'sense of resemblance' an extra sense frail and sickly which linked things to each other by a thousand tenuous threads relating trees to the Virgin Mary creating a spiritual telegraphy between his soul and the grief stricken towers of Bruges p 60 In Bruges a miracle of the climate has produced some mysterious chemistry of the atmosphere an interpenetration which neutralises too bright colours reduces them to a uniform tone of reverie to an amalgam of greyish drowsiness p 61 The melancholy of the close of these all too brief winter afternoons Drift of mist gathering He felt the pervasive fog flooding his soul as well all his thoughts blurred drowned in grey lethargy p 89In retrospect winter's lingering finale was probably not the right time for me to have read this classic work of 'dead city prose' the grey weight of which has now seeped into my own leaden consciousness And yet would it have been any better to read such an homage to melancholy amid the burgeoning life promise of spring or worse during the heated obscenity of summer Perhaps autumn's decaying splendor would instead have been the ideal setting in which to first dwell upon the lifeless calm of the canals of Bruges Alas I will never know

Bruges la MorteOpposition to a proposal to sacrifice part of the old town to economic advance loses him his position as town architect and he withdraws to the belfry and his beloved carillon that for him expresses the soul of Brug. He needed a dead town to correspond to his dead wife His deep mourning demanded such a setting Life would only be bearable for him there It was instinct that had brought him here He would leave the world elsewhere to its bustle and buzz to its glittering balls its welter of voices He needed infinite silence and an existence that was so monotonous it almost failed to give him the sense of being alive p 30 He possessed what one might call a 'sense of resemblance' an extra sense frail and sickly which linked things to each other by a thousand tenuous threads relating trees to the Virgin Mary creating a spiritual telegraphy between his soul and the grief stricken towers of Bruges p 60 In Bruges a miracle of the climate has produced some mysterious chemistry of the atmosphere an interpenetration which neutralises too bright colours reduces them to a uniform tone of reverie to an amalgam of greyish drowsiness p 61 The melancholy of the close of these all too brief winter afternoons Drift of mist gathering He felt the pervasive fog flooding his soul as well all his thoughts blurred drowned in grey lethargy p 89In retrospect winter's lingering finale was probably not the right time for me to have read this classic work of 'dead city prose' the grey weight of which has now seeped into my own leaden consciousness And yet would it have been any better to read such an homage to melancholy amid the burgeoning life promise of spring or worse during the heated obscenity of summer Perhaps autumn's decaying splendor would instead have been the ideal setting in which to first dwell upon the lifeless calm of the canals of Bruges Alas I will never know

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Bruges-la-Morte ä There are three loves in the life of Joris Borluut the town carillonneur of Bruges He marries the fiery Barbe whose dark beauty is a reminder of Belgium's Spanish heritage Repelled by her harshness and violence he st. “Upon the day following the funeral of the wife in whom was bound up all his possibilities of happiness he had retired to Bruges as a fastness of melancholy and there succumbed to its fascination”The old Gothic town and the bereft widower are in the perfect harmonyGeorges Rodenbach does everything possible to create the atmosphere of the morbid deadly melancholia and this authentic aura of hopelessness and doom turns the novel into the well of despondency “In the vistas of the canals he discerned the face of Ophelia rising resurgent from the waters in all the forlornness of her beauty and in the frail and distant music of the carillon there was wafted to him the sweetness of her voice The town so glorious of old and still so lovely in its decay became to him the incarnation of his regrets”The main hero walks the streets of Bruges as if lost“After ten years of constant companionship with a woman to whom he had been absolutely devoted he had been rendered utterly unable to accommodate himself to her absence His only resource was the attempt to discover suggestions of her in other countenances”And unexpectedly he meets the woman who resembles his late beloved wife like the reflection of the moon in a canal resembles moon But the reflection isn’t substantial it is enough the slight breeze to ripple the water and the reflection is distorted and destroyed So gradually the protagonist gets disillusioned and becomes and obsessed and depressed“Hughes urged upon himself the necessity of bringing his life into conformity with the behests that were everywhere issued around him Bruges became again to him an intangible personality guiding counselling and determining all his actions”And depression cooped in the sick consciousness always finds the most unpredictable outlets Free download ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Georges Rodenbach

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Georges Rodenbach ¶ 4 Download Arts an affair with her sister the gentle soulful fair haired Godelieve When her sister discovers their affair Godelieve enters a Beguine convent and Joris devotes himself to his first love the old city of Bruges His. Hugues Viane has retired to Bruges after the death of his wife of ten years; five years later he is still unable to put her memory to rest Indeed he has seuestered 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 Each day he caresses and kisses each item and by night he takes to the meandering the streets of Bruges whose grey melancholy he feels in tune with a kind of spiritual telegraphy between his soul and the grief stricken towers of BrugesAs in many symbolist texts doubling is apparent here not only is Viane's mood that of the city and therefore emphasized but his grief is so obsessive that he chances upon a woman whom he believes to be the striking image of his dead wife This act of doubling is one in which Georges Rodenbach is extremely interested in that it proves how the dead die twice the first death being their physical death and the second being when our memories of them begin to fade causing those mental images to which we cling to no longer be sources of recollection and comfortBut the faces of the dead which are preserved in our memory for a while gradually deteriorate there fading like a pastel drawing that has not been kept under glass allowing the chalk to disperse Thus within us our dead die a second time Bruges la Morte is very much concerned with the vacillation between states of intense joy and utter anguish In his obsession over Jane the woman who resembles his dead wife Viane is embodying this idea of the dead dying twice While there are moments of some melodramatic intensity characteristic of symbolist work Rodenbach is also keen on exploring how the life of a small city reacts to a scandal and it is both the solitary city scenes that drive home the despair of the protagonist and the scenes of townspeople gossiping in the city that demonstrate how the city works in different ways for its inhabitantsAlthough 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 masuerade he enacts to uell his grief is not enough to sustain the memory of the deadBruges is very much the main character in the novel He was already starting to resemble the town Once he was the brother in silence and in melancholy of this sorrowful Bruges his soror dolorosa The novel is accompanied by photographs of the city to underscore the central role it plays in Viane's state of mourning Rodenbach is adamant about how living spaces breathe and affect those living thereTowns above all have a personality a spirit of their own an almost externalised character which corresponds to joy new love renunciation widowhood 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 airThis 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 Dedalus edition The Death Throes of Towns Bruges la Morte is a symbolist masterpiece; than that it is powerful novel about grief and mourning as well as a treatise on how one's city can reflect one's emotional state and vice versa