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It also has the bonus of being available free online, since it is in the public domain. A solitary life rodembach 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.

An entombment into a dust of memories. Otherwise, Viane and Colin Farrell have little in common. Albrecht Rodenbach, his cousin, was a poet and novelist as well, and a leader in the revival of Flemish literature of the 19th century.

And then one day he sees a woman in the street who appears to be the exact double of his dead wife. He had heard brugds slow persuasion of the stones, he had truly discerned the nature of things there, not to survive the death all around. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Rodnbach email address will not be published.

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. Although the symbolic and structural aspects of the novel should come through well in English, it would be a hard task to capture some of the qualities of the language.


Bruges-la-Morte is less than one hundred rodenach long, and so the author did not have much to work with, but I never stopped believing in Hugues; he, and his grief, always felt kosher to me.

He still felt her eyes on him, still sought after her voice, now fled to the far horizon. It destroys everything, but leaves the hair intact. This is the first such image, I think, in the literature.

It is not a projection of our loss but that we chose to live here, a place which occupies our feelings, moods. He holds death in the city and in fodenbach so becomes it. Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist. This image has a different tint because it is from from the Wikimedia scans.

Perhaps he liked the way the second photograph revisits the first, in a more intensive fashion. Its crazy how many frail wives just fall sick and die in these old books. His, ours, Rodejbach, is not a concrete world but a world of resemblances. Is not death merciful in this?

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. More than once he had felt this seduction. 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. Notice there are three trees on the left in the first photograph; the second was apparently taken next to the nearest of those three.


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.

Congratulations to Dedalus for reviving it. But anyway, however interesting this early use of photography may be, the real star is Rodenbach’s prose.

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He desperately misses his wife; and in the cloistral, muffled, moribund city of Bruges brugess finds the perfect analogue for his grief. Nevertheless, Bruges-la-Morte is obviously a high point of Symbolist writing, a book that’s obsessed with death and always alert to new ways to externalise deep emotions.

Bruges-la-Morte, though, edges away from allegory, or maintains a pious silence as to whether it is, or is not, allegorical. And so many other tombs: Bellissima, tra l’altro, la descrizione del suono delle campane che annunciano una processione: It felt that way, anyway. Rodenbach must surely have been a Nerval fan. Dolore, rimpianto, disperazione, ossessione, solitudine, illusione, amore, delusione, rabbia, follia, con un sottofondo Un’atmosfera suggestiva e suggestionabile, quella di Bruges.