- Broch, Hermann
born Nov. 1, 1886, Viennadied May 30, 1951, New Haven, Conn., U.S.German writer.A student of physics, mathematics, and philosophy, Broch published his first major work, The Sleepwalkers (1931–32), when he was in his 40s. A trilogy tracing the disintegration of European society between 1888 and 1918, it exemplifies his innovative multidimensional novels in its use of many different narrative forms to present a wide range of experiences. His other novels include The Death of Virgil (1945), which presents the last 18 hours of Virgil's life, and The Spell (1953), a portrayal of a Hitlerian stranger's domination of a village. He also wrote essays, letters, and reviews.
* * *▪ Austrian writerborn Nov. 1, 1886, Vienna, Austriadied May 30, 1951, New Haven, Conn., U.S.Austrian writer who achieved international recognition for his multidimensional novels, in which he used innovative literary techniques to present a wide range of human experience.In 1927 Broch renounced his inheritance by selling his family's textile mill and enrolling in the University of Vienna in order to pursue studies in physics, mathematics, and philosophy. His first major work was the trilogy Die Schlafwandler (1931–32; The Sleepwalkers), which traces the disintegration of European society between 1888 and 1918, depicting the triumph of the realist over the romanticist and the anarchist. Paralleling the historical process, the novel moves from a subtle parody of 19th-century realism through expressionism to a juxtaposition of many different forms, including poetry, drama, narrative, and essay.Between 1934 and 1936 Broch worked on a novel that was published posthumously in 1953 as Der Versucher; three versions of it were later published together as Bergroman, 4 vol. (1969), and it has also appeared as Die Verzauberung (1976; Eng. trans. The Spell). This complex novel exemplifies his theory of mass hysteria in its portrayal of a Hitlerian stranger's domination of a mountain village.In 1938 Broch spent several weeks in a Nazi prison. His release was obtained through the international efforts of friends and fellow artists, including James Joyce. Later that year he emigrated to the United States.One of Broch's later works, Der Tod des Vergil (1945; The Death of Virgil), presents the last 18 hours of Virgil's life, in which he reflects on his times, an age of transition that Broch considered similar to his own. Broch later turned from literature to devote himself to political theory and attempts to aid European refugees.His other works include Die unbekannte Grösse (1933; The Unknown Quantity), Die Schuldlosen (1950; “The Innocents”), and numerous essays, letters, and reviews.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
BROCH, HERMANN — (1886–1951), Austrian novelist and essayist. Broch was born in Vienna into a Jewish industrialist family. He was educated privately with the intention of getting an administrative position in his father s textile factory. It was not until he was… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Broch, Hermann — ► (1886 1951) Novelista austríaco. Autor de Los sonámbulos (1932), La muerte de Virgilio (1945), Los inocentes (1950). * * * (1 nov. 1886, Viena, Austria–30 may. 1951, New Haven, Conn., EE.UU.). Escritor alemán. Estudiante de física, matemáticas… … Enciclopedia Universal
Broch, Hermann — (1886 1951) Austrian writer. Born in Vienna, he went to Realschule and was later given a vocational training. In 1909 he married and converted to Catholicism. He studied at the University of Vienna, while director of the family factory. He… … Dictionary of Jewish Biography
Broch Hermann — Брох Герман (1886 1951) писатель, философ, по профессии инженер. Новатор формы немецкоязычного романа: включал в повествование внутренние монологи, научные эссе и пр. Воспринимал современность как эпоху крушения традиционных ценностей и… … Австрия. Лингвострановедческий словарь
Broch — Broch, Hermann … Enciclopedia Universal
Hermann Broch — Hermann Broch, 1909 Hermann Broch (* 1. November 1886 in Wien; † 30. Mai 1951 in New Haven/Connecticut) war ein österreichischer Schriftsteller … Deutsch Wikipedia
Hermann — Hermann, Ludimar * * * (as used in expressions) Boerhaave, Hermann Hermann Wilhelm Brandt Broch, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Hermann Fischer, Emil (Hermann) Ford Hermann Hueffer Göring, Hermann Hermann Goering Haitink, Bernard (Johann Hermann) Helmholtz … Enciclopedia Universal
Broch — (Hermann) (1886 1951) romancier autrichien. Les Somnambules (1929 1932) dépeint la société all. décadente. émigré aux È. U. (1938), il y acheva la Mort de Virgile (1945) … Encyclopédie Universelle
Hermann — (as used in expressions) Boerhaave Hermann Hermann Wilhelm Brandt Broch Hermann Ebbinghaus Hermann Fischer Emil Hermann Ford Hermann Hueffer Göring Hermann Hermann Goering Haitink Bernard Johann Hermann Helmholtz Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von… … Universalium
Hermann Broch — ( *1 de noviembre de 1886 en Viena, Austria 30 de mayo de 1951, en New Haven, Estados Unidos). Novelista, ensayista, dramaturgo y filósofo austriaco. Destacó por su capacidad para imbricar en su obra las más diversas experiencias, colectivas o… … Wikipedia Español