Frasi di Hermann Broch
Data di nascita: 1. Novembre 1886
Data di morte: 30. Maggio 1951
Altri nomi:Arminius Broch,هرمان بروخ,Χέρμαν Μπροχ
Hermann Broch è stato uno scrittore e drammaturgo austriaco naturalizzato statunitense.
Frasi Hermann Broch
„La morte di Virgilio è il suo capolavoro, [... ] è un capolavoro molto problematico, perché tenta di dare forma letteraria alla crescente avversione dello scrittore per la letteratura. Proprio nell'anno in cui il romanzo fu pubblicato, Broch espresse un "profondo disgusto" per la letteratura in quanto tale, "dominio della vanità e della menzogna". [... ] è la registrazione immaginaria dell'ultimo giorno del poeta e della sua rinuncia alla poesia. Egli ordina che il manoscritto dell'Eneide sia distrutto, non perché è incompleto o imperfetto ma perché è poesia e non "conoscenza". Dice anche che le Georgiche sono inutili e valgono meno di qualsiasi trattato di agricoltura. L'imperatore Augusto, suo amico, non rispetta le sue volontà e le opere sono salvate.“
— Hermann Broch
Erich Heller, "Hitler in a very Small Town", New York Times, January 25, 1987.
— Hermann Broch
The Unknown Quantity
„... he knew of the innermost danger of all artists, he knew the utter loneliness of the man destined to be an artist, he knew the inherent loneliness which drove such a one into the still deeper loneliness of art and into the beauty that cannot be articulated, and he knew that for the most part such men were shattered by this immolation, that it made them blind, blind to the world, blind to the divine quality in the world and in the fellow-man, that--intoxicated by their loneliness--they were able to see only their own god-likeness, which they imagined to be unique, and consequently this self-idolatry and its greed for recognition came more and more to be the sole content of their work--, a betrayal of the divine as well as of art, because in this fashion the work of art became a work of un-art, an unchaste covering for artistic vanity, so spurious that even the artist's self-complacent nakedness which it exposed became a mask; and even though such unchaste self-gratification, such dalliance with beauty, such concern with effects, even though such an un-art might, despite its brief unrenewable grant, its inextensible boundaries, find an easier way to the populace than real art ever found, it was only a specious way, a way out of the loneliness, but not, however, an affiliation with the human community, which was the aim of real art in its aspiration toward humanity, no, it was the affiliation with the mob, it was a participation in its treacherous non-community, which was incapable of the pledge, which neither created nor mastered any reality, and which was unwilling to do so, preferring only to drowse on, forgetting reality, having forfeited it as had un-art and literarity, this was the most profound danger for every artist; oh how painfully, how very painfully he knew this.“
— Hermann Broch, The Death of Virgil
„Driven by that extraordinary oppression which falls on every human being when, childhood over, he begins to divine that he is fated to go on in isolation and unaided towards his own death; driven by this extraordinary oppression, which may with justice be called a fear of God, man looks round him for a companion hand in hand with whom he may tread the road to the dark portal, and if he has learned by experience how pleasurable it undoubtedly is to lie with another fellow-creature in bed, then he is ready to believe that this extremely intimate association of two bodies may last until these bodies are coffined: and even if at the same time it has its disgusting aspects, because it takes place under coarse and badly aired sheets, or because he is convinced that all a girl cares for is to get a husband who will support her in later life, yet it must not be forgotten that every fellow-creature, even if she has a sallow complexion, sharp, thin features and an obviously missing tooth in her left upper jaw, yearns, in spite of her missing tooth, for that love which she thinks will for ever shield her from death, from that fear of death which sinks with the falling of every night upon the human being who sleeps alone, a fear that already licks her as with a tongue of flame when she begins to take off her clothes, as Fraulein Erna was doing now; she laid aside her faded red-velvet blouse and took off her dark-green shirt and her petticoat.“
— Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers