Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar's enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, where he will shortly die. Out of the last hours of Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, the Austrian writer Hermann Broch fashioned one of the great works of twentieth-century modernism, a book that embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once sensual and profound. Begun while Broch was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, The Death of Virgil is part historical novel and part prose poem -- and always an intensely musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 72nd on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  3. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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The Death of Virgil Paperback 4675468 $8.94
Death of Virgil Paperback 459651 $11.69 $4.70 1995
Death of Virgil (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 212223 2012
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