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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; export ed edition (Dec 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158243168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582431680
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,318,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF IN the course of civilization it was always art and its respective styles that gave most visible expression to the lifestyles of different epochs. Read the first page
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Wonderful collection of essays March 21 2013
By Artes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised to see this hasn't been reviewed yet! It's a shining collection of essays by Broch. If you've read any of his novels and liked them, you will definitely like these. He writes in a similar style: very florid, but penetrating and always interesting.

The subject of the first essay "Evil in the Value-System of Art" will be familiar to readers of the Sleepwalkers. Broch talks about the disintegration of an integrated value system which he says we used to have in the high middle ages. Where do we find value? The nullification of death, he says. A very interesting read.

Two of the other essays deal with modernist literature and this is obviously interesting inasmuch as it reflects on Broch's own work. He also has some good reflections on Joyce and other modernists which helped me see them in a new way.

Another highlight of the collection is the essay on the art of translation, which Broch wrote from the perspective of his translator and, oddly enough, asked her to deliver as a speech.

Overall: an erudite collection, a very good read.