Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

The novel explores the final hours of the Roman poet Virgil, who, while on his deathbed, contemplates the value and impact of his life's work, particularly his unfinished epic, the Aeneid. The narrative is a complex, stream-of-consciousness meditation on art, life, and death, with Virgil wrestling with his desire to burn his epic and the emperor's command to preserve it. The book delves into themes of the meaning of human existence, the role of art in society, and the clash between the individual's inner world and the external world.

The 325th greatest book of all time


Published
1945
Nationality
Austrian
Type
Fiction
Pages
400-500
Words
153,000
Original Language
German

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