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I Might Give Up Reading for This (Almost)

As a big fan of Georges Rodenbach’s novel Bruges-la-Morte, the first fictional work to include photographs, I’m delighted to learn about the LibriVox version of the book.  LibriVox (“accoustical liberation of books in the public domain”) creates free, easily downloadable audio books.  Because they use works that are in the public domain (at least within the US), many of the titles are fairly obscure.  Tucked in and around long-forgotten works like The Briefless Barrister by John Godfey Saxe and The Romance of Modern Chemistry (1910!) by James C. Philips, one can find other titles by Sophocles, William James, Wilkie Collins, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just to name a few authors whose works were added in the month of July.

Take a listen to Bruges-la-Morte (in French), excellently read by “Ezwa.”

(Thanks, Anette!)

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. what a pleasure to see this on your website…
    i am at this moment working on an introduction
    for my forthcoming translations of Rodenbach’s poetry, never before collected in the English language. There is very little on Rodenbach in English, but Philip Mosley’s Georges Rodenbach
    – Critical Essays is a rich source. Fortunately I was able to procure Jose Mirval’s old book on Rodenbach from the library in Bruges ‘Le Poete de Silence’ which has fifty period illustrations of Bruges. Anyone interested in reading Bruges-la-Morte should buy a copy of the Dedalus edition 2005, in the bookshop of Anette Van de Wiele beside the cathedral in Bruges…

    August 7, 2010
  2. hi terry,
    audio and rodenbach… did i ever tell you about this installation?
    http://www.inbetweennoise.com/whenbooksarelikebutterflies.html
    not only is rodenbach’s book filled with photographs, but a ton of colors in the text and even more mentions of sound…
    hope all is good, and will definitely have to check out librivox
    steve

    August 8, 2010
  3. Jane Stivarius #

    As far as sound goes, do try to listen to the Korngold Opera Die Tote Stadt.

    August 21, 2010
  4. i love to listen on audiobooks while travelling on a bus, i could learn a lot from it while travelling *-~

    November 22, 2010

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