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The Man Without Qualities, Vol. 2

The Man Without Qualities, Vol. 2( )
Author: Musil, Robert
Translator: Wilkins, Sophie
Pike, Burton
Series title:Vintage International Ser.
ISBN:978-0-679-76802-9
Publication Date:Dec 1996
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Vintage
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $27.50
Book Description:

"Musil belongs in the company of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, and Svevo. . . . (This translation) is a literay and intellectual event of singular importance."--New Republic.

Book Details
Pages:1072
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Historical / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.19 x 7.93 x 2.08 Inches
Book Weight:2.08 Pounds
Author Biography
Musil, Robert (Author)
Robert Musil (November 6, 1880 - April 15, 1942) was an Austrian writer. Musil's Young Torless is a novel of troubled adolescence set in a military school, modeled on the one attended by both Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke. It was his first book and was immediately successful. He then abandoned his studies in engineering, logic, and experimental psychology and turned to writing. He was an officer in the Austrian army in World War I, lived in Berlin until the Nazis came to power, and finally settled in Geneva. He also wrote plays, essays, and short stories.

The Man without Qualities, Musil's magnum opus, is a novel about the life and history of prewar Austria. It was unfinished when Musil died, though he had labored over the three-volume work for ten years. Encyclopedic in the manner of Proust and Dostoevsky, "it is a wonderful and prolonged fireworks display, a well-peopled comedy of ideas" (V. S. Pritchett)---and a critique of contemporary life. It made Musil's largely posthumous reputation. "Musil's whole scheme prophetically describes the bureaucratic condition of our world, and what can only be called the awful, deadly serious, and self-deceptive love affair of one committee for another" (Pritchett).

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