The great modernist poet rainer maria rilke wrote only one novel in his lifetime the notebooks of malte laurids brigge he termed it a novel i am not so sure the book is a compilation of narrative philosophical asides sketches for future poems and detailed descriptions of artwork. The notebooks of malte laurids brigge is rilkes major prose work and was one of the earliest publications to introduce him to american readers the very wide audience which rilkes work commands today will welcome the reissue in paperback of this extremely perceptive translation of the notebooks by m d herter norton a masterly translation of one of the first great mode. The only extended prose work by the german poet rainer maria rilke the notebooks of malte laurids brigge is a landmark in the development of the twentieth century novel it marks a radical departure from nineteenth century realism transcending conventions of linear narrative to reflect a consciousness in crisis and an archetypal . The notebooks of malte laurids brigge first published in 1910 rilkes notebooks of malte laurids brigge is one the first great modernist novels the account of poet aspirant brigge in his exploration of poetic individuality and his reflections on the experience of time as death approaches. The notebooks of malte laurids brigge by rainer maria rilke translated by burton pike dalkey archive press 2008 235 pages 1395 buy from dalkey 1 so this is where people come in order to live i would rather thought to die
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