Hermann Broch

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Hermann Broch (November 1, 1886 – May 30, 1951) was a 20th century Austrian writer, considered one of the major Modernists.

Broch was born in Vienna to a prosperous Jewish family and worked for some time in his family's factory, though he maintained his literary interests privately. He was predestined to work in his father’s textile factory in Teesdorf, therefore, he attended a ... more »

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  • ''What's important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises.... The people have always lived on hope alone.''
    Hermann Broch (1886-1951), Austrian novelist. Mother Gisson, in The Spell, ch. 13 (1976, trans. 1987).
  • ''The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.''
    Hermann Broch (1886-1951), Austrian novelist. The doctor, in The Spell, ch. 11 (1976, trans. 1987).
  • ''No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humaneness.''
    Hermann Broch (1886-1951), Austrian novelist. The Spell, ch. 2 (1976, trans. 1987).
  • ''Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.''
    Hermann Broch (1886-1951), Austrian novelist. The Spell, foreword (1976, trans. 1987).
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