Known as one of the major representatives of Modernism in literature, Herman Broch was born in Vienna to a wealthy Jewish family, and first worked for several years in the family factory. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until he turned 40 that he entirely devoted himself to literature. Arrested by the Nazis in 1938, with the help of his friends, including James Joyce, Bloch managed to emigrate to Britain, and later to the United States. His major novel, 'The Death of Virgil', was written at a concentration camp, and first published in 1945 in both German and English versions. Considered a masterpiece for its stream-of-consciousness style and numerous historical literary allusions, the work brought the author renown comparable to Robert Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke, both of whom he was acquainted with. His other significant novels were 'The Sleepwalkers' (1932) and 'The Guiltless' (1950). Broch died in 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut.
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