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Bruges-la-morte and the death throes of towns

Author: Georges Rodenbach; Michael Mitchell; William Stone
Publisher: Sawtry : Dedalus, 2005.
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"Bruges-La-Morte, which first appeared in 1892, concerns the fate of Hugues Viane, 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 suitable haven for the narcissistic perambulations of his inexorably disturbed spirit. Bruges, the 'dead city', becomes the image of his dead wife and thus allows him to endure the unbearable loss by
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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Rodenbach, Georges, 1855-1898.
Bruges-la-morte and the death throes of towns.
Sawtry : Dedalus, 2005
(OCoLC)654904097
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Rodenbach; Michael Mitchell; William Stone
ISBN: 1903517230 9781903517239 1903517826 9781903517826
OCLC Number: 53389055
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published: Paris : [s.n.], 1892.
Description: 166 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Bruges la morte --
The death throes of towns : an essay.
Other Titles: Bruges-la-morte.
Responsibility: Georges Rodenbach ; translated by Mike Mitchell and Will Stone ; with an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst.

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"Bruges-La-Morte, which first appeared in 1892, concerns the fate of Hugues Viane, 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 suitable haven for the narcissistic perambulations of his inexorably disturbed spirit. Bruges, the 'dead city', becomes the image of his dead wife and thus allows him to endure the unbearable loss by systematically following its mournful labyrinth of streets and canals in a cyclical promenade of reflection and allusion. The story itself centres around Hugues' obsession with a young dancer whom he believes is the double of his beloved wife.".

"This is a poet's novel and is therefore metaphorically dense and visionary in style. It is the ultimate evocation of Rodenbach's lifelong love affair with the enduring mystery and haunting mortuary atmosphere of Bruges."--BOOK JACKET.

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