Abstract. Beginning with the contentious question as to whether Hermann Broch’s ‘Die Schlafwandler’ belongs to the genre of the ‘Zeitroman’. Hermann Broch, Die Schlafwandler: Revolution and Apocalypse. T”7j HE APOCALYPSE is still a book to con- jure with,” wrote D. H. Lawrence in his last. Hermann Broch’s trilogy, trilogy, Die Schlafwandler [The Sleepwalkers] has often been described as an apocalyptic text.1 This characterization is.

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Act I, innarrates in the literary style of the late 19th century, the tribulations of the military aristocrat Joachim von Pasenow who grapples with his dictatorial father, his manipulative friend Bertrand, and his superior older brother, conveniently wchlafwandler in battle.

Last, we have a man who sees reality for what it is– a shifting morass of opportunities to benefit oneself at the expense of others, using the cynical ideals that even they don’t believe in but must nonetheless follow. There are further strands of insanity and irrationality in the narrator of the story of the Salvation Army girl in Berlin and the soldiers being treated for gas poisoning in the town hospital. The single value systems] have separated from one other, now run parallel to each other, and, since they can no longer combine in the service of a supreme value, claim equality with the other: It does so primarily by constituting itself as a Systems Novel avant la lettre, and one in which forces of industrial, military, and broadly institutional modernization unleash forces of acceleration and entropy.

Almost all the decisions and actions of Joachim, Ruzena and Elisabeth are manipulated by his diabolical friend, a successful worldly businessman called Eduard von Bertrand who, for his evident lack of comprehension for old values, Joachim never trusts fully.


At other times the illusion of fiction is abandoned and the author launches into philosophical analysis of the deterioration of values in Europe generally and in Germany in particular.


It’s a novel of manners and psychology, a cultural history. Esch, who had discovered faith in God through Protestantism, and von Pasenow, who tried to uphold chivalry and honor, are debased and murdered by the man who knew what he wanted and sought it without regard to anything except his own selfishness: All the talk comes to nothing; the most revolutionary things he does schlafwancler to walk out schlafwandlwr unsatisfactory jobs, start a “theater” that features a knife-throwing act, and seduce his affianced landlady.

Alas there is no Lemon Law for our dreams. Between these macro plot lines, there are countless delightfully penetrating observations into human psychology and relationships. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Die Schlafwandler (Romantrilogie)

Product details Hardcover Publisher: It isn’t just that the book, like this one, held in high favor by luminaries such as Milan Kundera, is kind of terrible, it’s painful more because I never realized that my tastes were so compromised by wide-eyed, inept youthfulness.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Broch died in in New Schlafwamdler, Connecticut.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Hanna Wiedling, withdrawn young wife of a lawyer serving at the front, tries to cope with life on her own. Like von Pasenow in the first part, Esch feels insecure in the world of decaying old values here the values of business and middle-class life and tries brofh find a guilty party to blame.


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The Sleepwalkers

Sometimes the narrative loops back to Berlin where Marie, a former whore who is now a Salvation Army worker, has befriended Nuchem, a young Jewish man who is a refugee from the East. A military hospital is full of victims of the war in various stages of mental and physical decay. Martin wird bei einer auch von Esch besuchten Gewerkschaftsversammlung wegen angeblicher Aufwiegelei verhaftet, obwohl er mit der Direktion des Werks zusammenarbeitet, was Esch als ungerecht empfindet.

Finally, a meandering story about an army deserter and everyone else shows up, too. Manche dieser 15 Kapitel sind Gedichte. Frau Hentjen wird nach einer Fahrt nach St. It was trying too hard, and the deep This book had all the signs of being one I would like. For the time being I will merely add some makeshift notes on some aspects of the trilogy and its relation to other works.

Refresh and try again. May 13, Radit Panjapiyakul rated it it was ok.