Hermann Broch’s trilogy, trilogy, Die Schlafwandler [The Sleepwalkers] has often been described as an apocalyptic text.1 This characterization is. 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. Die Schlafwandler: eine Romantrilogie [Hermann Broch] on *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers. Hard Cover. 8vo., Pages. Contains: Der.

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He swindles and murders without remorse schlafwandlef his dealings bring him finally to the zero point of values, a state when old values have disappeared and viable new ones have not emerged.

One is uniforms, which stand for order, hierarchy and certainty. Adrift among doubts and hesitation, he scnlafwandler refuge in symbols from the past, such as the honour code of the nobility and the teaching of the Lutheran church.

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Die Wirtschaft wird nach der Heirat verkauft. Esch has moved there with his wife to run the modest local newspaper, her,ann an outlet for his restless search for meaning in an informal religious sect, which von Pasenow joins.

Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Articles that may contain original research from January All articles that may contain original research Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. Before that he had published only essays.

On their wedding night, the hesitations both feel lead them to postpone consummation. The finale takes place during the closing days of the war, as the town sinks into chaos.

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The book is also mentioned in Michelangelo Antonioni ‘s film La Nottewhere the novelist Pontano Marcello Mastroianni finds a copy lying around in the mansion of a philistine magnate where a vapid party is being held, upon which he incredulously asks his wife Lidia Jeanne Moreau “Who here would be reading The Sleepwalkers? Es kommt zu einem Streik, weil von Bertrand hinter der Verhaftungsaktion steht. When Geyring is unjustly imprisoned, Esch ascribes this to the owner of a large local business Eduard von Bertrand from the first partwhom he scorns as an exploiter and a homosexual.


In fury he visits Bertrand’s mansion, intending to murder him, but is talked out of the deed. A deserter, Wilhelm Huguenau, cheats Esch out of control of his newspaper and attempts to insinuate himself into the favour of the Major.

He eats at the bar of the widow Gertrud Hermann, who keeps all men at a distance, and drinks there with Martin Geyring, a socialist trade union organiser.

The third reflects the artificial and disjointed nature of the time it describes by a fractured narrative, jumping between threads of the story, moving between prose to verse, and inserting philosophical speculations which provide a theoretical framework to the whole book. Each is in a sense a sleepwalker, living between vanishing and emerging ethical systems just as the somnambulist exists in a state between sleeping and waking. This page was last edited on 9 Januaryat Through the book there runs a complex structure of images, which encapsulate some of its key themes.

Characters from the first hwrmann parts are united in a little fictional town on the River Moselle during the last months of World War I, with many new characters introduced. A visit to a variety theatre enthuses him with possibilities, meeting the producer and some of the artistes. So manifestiert sich der Werteverlust in allen drei Titelfiguren.

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He links up with an impresario, backing him in a venture to show female wrestlers in revealing costumes. Set along the River Rhinemainly in the cities of Cologne and Mannheimthis part is centred on August Esch, an able bookkeeper but restless with every job that he takes and every friend he schlafwnadler. Joachim und Bertrand weilen auf Stolpin. Schlafeandler all the decisions and actions of Brohc, 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.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Initially a sensation, the public tires of the act and takings fall. He wavers between his romantic devotion to a Czech prostitute Ruzena Hruska and his duty which is to court Elisabeth von Baddensen, the heiress of a neighbouring landowner and his social equal. The amoral Huguenau’s only criterion is personal profit and he follows this maxim in all his actions.


The first is a pastiche of 19th century literary realismin particular of Theodor Fontanewhile the second part is more expressionistic. Pasenow feels sure of his virtues and their meaning.

The Major is wounded by rioters, perhaps fatally, while Huguenau bayonets Esch and rapes his wife Gertrud. Esch dreams of emigrating to the USA, a land of opportunities, but his partner absconds with the assets.

In the end, he marries Gertrud and returns to Luxembourg, where he goes back to accounting. Shell-shocked and mutilated soldiers interact with hospital doctors, nurses and townsfolk. This article needs additional citations for verification.