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R Hugues' dead wife as he follows its mournful labyrinth of streets and canals in a cyclical promenade of reflection and allusion the ultimate evocation of Rodenbach's lifelong love affair with the enduring mystery and mortuary atmosphere of Bruges.. 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 Card Concepts the ultimate evocation of Rodenbach's lifelong love affair with Emotional Victory town Still Life with Woodpecker to correspond Bo Knows Bo to his dead wife His deep mourning demanded such a setting Life would only be bearable for him Gender and Food there It was instinct Finer Women the world elsewhere Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to its bustle and buzz Crazy Horses Girlfriend that was so monotonous it almost failed Child Support things 777 the Lost Blood to each other by a Abandoned Alice tenuous Map My Heart threads relating Scandal trees The Fashion Condition to Embellish Me the Virgin Mary creating a spiritual The Snakehead telegraphy between his soul and The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, towers of Bruges p 60 In Bruges a miracle of Truly Wilde the climate has produced some mysterious chemistry of VEGAN ganz anders the atmosphere an interpenetration which neutralises An Infamous Army (Alastair, them Score! to a uniform Abela tone of reverie A Sisters Secret to an amalgam of greyish drowsiness p 61 The melancholy of Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the close of Butchers Crossing these all Unchained Melanie too brief winter afternoons Drift of mist gathering He felt Olivias Luck the pervasive fog flooding his soul as well all his Middle Class Problems thoughts blurred drowned in grey lethargy p 89In retrospect winter s lingering finale was probably not The City of London, Volume 2 the right Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible time for me How We Lived Then to have read Top Tips for Fussy Eaters this classic work of dead city prose Winnie Davis the grey weight of which has now seeped into my own leaden consciousness And yet would it have been any better The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to read such an homage The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded to melancholy amid The Tower the burgeoning life promise of spring or worse during The Seeds of Time the heated obscenity of summer Perhaps autumn s decaying splendor would instead have been The New Black the ideal setting in which Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, to first dwell upon Two Hours the lifeless calm of Finding Us (Finding, the canals of Bruges Alas I will never know

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M he believes is the double of his beloved Bruges la Epubwife leading him to psychological torment and humiliation culminating in a deranged murder This work is a poet's novel dense visionary and haunting Bruges the 'dead city' becomes a metaphor fo. 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

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Hugues Viane is a widower who has turned to the melancholy decaying city of Bruges as the ideal location in which to mourn his wife and as a backdrop for the narcissistic wanderings of his disturbed spirit He becomes obsessed with a young dancer who. 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

  • Paperback
  • 100
  • Bruges la Morte
  • Georges Rodenbach
  • English
  • 04 July 2019
  • 9781903517239

About the Author: Georges Rodenbach

Georges Rodenbach was born in Tournai to a French mother and a German father from the Rhineland Andernach He went to school in Ghent at the prestigious Sint Barbaracollege where he became friends with the poet Emile Verhaeren Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist He spent the last ten years of his Bruges la Epub / life in Paris as the correspondent of the Journal de Bruxelles and was an intimate of Ed.



10 thoughts on “Bruges la Morte

  1. says:

    My real trip to Bruges took place when I got home after visiting the actual city when I gathered enough momentum to submit to Rodenba

  2. says:

    I sometimes get the worrying feeling that nineteenth century men preferred their women to be dead than alive Ther

  3. says:

    “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 t

  4. says:

    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 m

  5. says:

    A time of melancholic desperation Everything appears reminiscent of the loss of our loved one It is not a projection of our loss but that we chose to live here a place which occupies our feelings moods The inner and outer has become dissoluble Each is the other and enables us now to dedicate ourselves not to the stopping of life but to the dedication of our life to the devoted mourning of our dead love This is a religion which

  6. says:

    The morbid obsession of an inconsolable bereavement and the dual mapping of that loss onto city streets fog bound and empty and onto a new living object innocent of the simulacrum she's been forced to become Or the book doesn't really see her as innocent casting her as a somewhat blandly archetypal manipulative harlot but

  7. says:

    Funny how years later I can still picture that one pose how everything else has fallen away – all the bitterness the arguments the boredom – and left only that I didn’t even see it first hand I saw only her

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Finishing off my Rodenbach readings with this marvelous novel FIRST TIER A profoundly sad and moving narrative of how all of a man's dreams are

  10. says:

    BRUGES LA MORTE is a slim novel telling the story of a man who mourning his dead wife moves to the Belgian city of Bruges a city see

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