The Notesbooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Marie Rilke

An Aged Quill Recording:

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (an excerpt) is now available for streaming.

This is an excerpt from The Notebook of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke (1910). Translated from German by William Needham. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. This was Rilke’s only novel, it was written in a water closet in Paris, as Rilke didn’t have enough money at the time to afford a place with a real study.

Will they see this Saint Germain? He shouted. Did we say Saint Germain? Cross it out. Write the Marquis Von Bel Mar.

Rainier Marie Rilke (The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge)

This particular excerpt was chosen for it’s enigmatic inclusion of a much debated historical personage by the name of St. Germain, and also for it’s mystical and religious overtones. Rilke’s eye for the unique is singular, and although there were many parts to this book that could have been included in this excerpt, for example, the opening of the novel where Rilke discusses people’s faces, this recounting of St. Germain, was a point in the book that jumped out at me the most.

This book partly inspired my short story, “Inside the Mind of Le Comte“, which the interested reader can also find on my youtube channel.