The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

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ISBN-13: 9780679764069
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 286,560
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

Hermann Broch (1886–1951) was born in Vienna, where he trained as an engineer and studied philosophy and mathematics. He gradually increased his involvement in the intellectual life of Vienna, becoming acquainted with Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sigmund Freud, and Robert Musil, among others. The Sleepwalkers was his first major work. In 1938, he was imprisoned as a subversive by the Nazis, but was freed and fled to the United States. In the years before his death, he was researching mass psychology at Yale University. The Death of Virgil originally appeared in 1945; his last major novel, The Guiltless, was published in 1950.

What People are Saying About This

Aldous Huxlet

The Sleepwalkers bear[s] witness to Broch's possession of something more than acute psychological insight, something other and much rarer than a gift for storytelling. Reading them, we are haunted by the strange and disquieting feeling that we are at the very limits of the expressable….Broch performs with an impeccable virtuosity.

Stephen Spender

One of the few really great original and thoughtful novels of this century.

Milan Kundera

One of the greatest European novels.

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The Sleepwalkers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ken-in-Arlington More than 1 year ago
Like Musil's, Broch's work has been overlooked. The Sleepwalkers is an astounding work about the collapse of moral sensibility in Germany in the early part of the 20th century (before Hitler). In three parts that are stylistically distinct, he examines his topic from different angles. The first work is straightforward - by the third he used modernist techniques to tell his story. Most highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, and a necessary one if one is to understand European literature after Broch. He is probably one of the most influential writers ever, an opinion I share with Kundera.