The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
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AuthorRainer Maria Rilke
Original titleDie Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
TranslatorM. D. Herter Norton
CountryAustria-Hungary
LanguageGerman
GenreExpressionist novel
PublisherInsel Verlag
Publication date
1910
PagesTwo volumes; 191 and 186 p. respectively (first edition hardcover)

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, first published as Journal of My Other Self,[1] is a 1910 novel by Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The novel was the only work of prose of considerable length that he wrote and published. It is semiautobiographical and is written in an expressionistic style, dealing with themes of alienation, unfamiliarity, death by illness, longing, childhood memories and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It was conceptualized and written whilst Rilke lived in Paris, mainly inspired by Sigbjørn Obstfelder's A Priest's Diary and Jens Peter Jacobsen's Niels Lyhne.

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  1. ^ M. D. Herter Norton (tr.). New York: W. W. Norton, 1949, 1992. Translator's Foreword, p. 8.

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