Hermann Broch

Literary Birthday – 1 November – Hermann Broch

Hermann Broch was born 1 November 1886 and died 30 May 1951.

Three Quotes 

  1. What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.
  2. The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an incompetent or a bungler, he cannot be evaluated by aesthetic standards; rather, he is ethically depraved, a criminal willing radical evil. And since it is radical evil that is manifest here, evil per se, forming the absolute negative pole of every value-system, kitsch will always be evil, not just kitsch in art, but kitsch in every value-system that is not an imitation system.
  3. I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Hermann Broch was a 20th-century Austrian writer. He is considered one of the major Modernists. He was the author of The Sleepwalkers and Death of Virgil.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 1st November 2014