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By Mike Mitchell, Georges Rodenbach

Bruges-la-Morte, which first seemed in 1892, matters the destiny of Hugues Viane, a widower who has grew to become to the depression, decaying urban of Bruges because the excellent situation during which to mourn his spouse and as an appropriate haven for the narcissistic perambulations of his inexorably disturbed spirit. Bruges, the 'dead city', turns into a dead ringer for his useless spouse and therefore permits him to suffer, to regulate the insufferable loss via systematically following its mournful labyrinth of streets and canals in a cyclical prom of mirrored image and allusion. the tale itself centres round Hugues' obsession with a tender dancer whom he believes is the double of his liked spouse. the resultant drama leads Hugues onto a plank stroll of mental torment and humiliation, culminating in a deranged homicide. this can be a poet's novel and is for this reason metaphorically dense and visionary well-liked. it's the final evocation of Rodenbach's lifelong love affair with the long-lasting secret and haunting mortuary surroundings of Bruges.

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He died while carrying it out. " 43 The natural urge to own property When someone at a party called the urge to own prop­ erty a natural one, Mr. K. told the following story about some old-established fishermen: "On the south coast of Iceland there are fishermen who, by means of fixed buoys, have divided the ocean there into individual parcels and shared them out among themselves. They are more fiercely devoted to these fields of water than to their property. They feel attached to them, would never give them up, even if no more fish were to be found in them, and they scorn the inhabitants of the harbor towns to whom they sell their catch, since these townspeople appear to them a superficial race, alienated from nature.

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