The alienation of modern man and the enigma of existence have been the cynosure of modern philosophers and thinkers like Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Sartre, and Heidegger. Rainer Maria Rilke grapples with this existential question in the Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. In these Notebooks, which are concerned with man and his destiny, Rilke the artist confronts reality and lays bare the crisis of existence. Man, stripped to his essence without his facade, is pitted relentlessly against his forlorn existence.



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