The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge was Rainer Maria Rilke's only novel. It was written while Rilke lived in Paris, and was published in 1910. The novel is semi-autobiographical, and is written in an expressionistic style. The work was inspired by SigbjÃ¸rn Obstfelder's work A Priest's Diary and Jens Peter Jacobsen's second novel Niels Lyhne of 1880, which traces the fate of an atheist in a merciless world.
The book was first issued in English under the title Journal of My Other Self.
- Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
- English translation of Notebooks
- Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge at Project Gutenberg (German)
- Original text at zeno.org (German)