The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
By Rainer Maria Rilke
235 pages; Dalkey Archive Press
You could think of it as a mosaic of the human psyche, a book of intricate, intimate fragments. Published in 1910, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, is a stylistically innovative novel about a young writer's urgent need to see and feel the world around him, to make reality congruent with art. Translator Burton Pike captures the edgy, haunting beauty of this little-known masterpiece.