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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Michael Hulse

Renowned as the author of Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters to a Young Poet and often considered the greatest German language poet of the 20th century, Rainer Maria Rilke published this, his only novel, in 1910. A young man named Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris while his belongings rot in storage. Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and with little but a library card to distinguish him from the city's untouchables, he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which he is the sole living descendant. Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke's semi-autobiographical novel is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story.

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208 pages
Penguin Classics
ISBN 978014118221

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