Georges Rodenbach: Bruges-la-Morte [The Dead City of Bruges] (1937 words)


Bruges-la-Morte, the work for which the Belgian writer Georges Rodenbach is best known, is a short novel that was originally serialised in Le Figaro from 4 to 14 February 1892. It was published as a single text in May of the same year with Flammarion, and included two additional chapters (Chapters VI and XI). Bruges-la-Morte tells the story of a widower, Hugues Viane, who moves to Bruges to mourn his late wife. Installed there, he lives a calm and routine daily existence, surrounded by her clothes and personal effects. One evening he spots a dancer, Jane, in the street and believes her to be the double of his wife. Hugues pursues Jane, eventually developing a relationship with her, until the discrepancies …

Citation: Ryan, Natasha. "Bruges-la-Morte". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 April 2017 [, accessed 27 October 2020.]

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